Brooks and Tanya came today (in the 100 degree heat no less!) to help me finish setting up the baby's room. Here is a shot of the cute wall art they put up for me. Brooks is going to make a special bird print to finish the room that will contain a map of Ethiopia! We are nesting!!
For those of you who don't already know about Tom shoes I thought I'd share. For every pair of shoes sold by Tom they donate a pair to a child who is shoeless. Infact, they've already given away over 10,000 pairs to indigent children in Argentina and 50,000 pairs were given away this November to children in Africa! A great cause and chic too... the shoes are being sold at Fred Segal (Ann-Marie have you seen them?) and are being picked up by Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom's. They started with men's and women's shoes then added their Tiny Tom line for infants and toddler's. I personally love these little pink camo shoes...too cute! So shop and do good (does it get any better then that?!) - check out Tom shoes here.
A little update... Another couple using Gladney who went on the wait list Jan. 4th received their referral for a little boy two days ago! This is good news because Joe and I went on the list Jan. 8th! So keep your fingers crossed we are getting closer even though the wait for girls is supposed to be a little longer then for boys. Soooo, wait mode still - but moving closer to our daughter everyday!
I know I've already asked a number of you already but... it doesn't hurt to ask again....If you (or any anyone you know) have any old suitcases that are still functional (i.e. can survive a flight to Ethiopia still closed!) that you no longer want, we would love to have them to pack humanitarian aid in when we do go to Ethiopia to pick up our little girl. Most importantly, if you have any new or slightly used cloths for children ANY size from 0 - 19 years you could send us to take along - including day clothes, pajamas, underwear, shoes - we would be very grateful for your generosity! All these clothes will be going to the orphanages that Gladney works with in Ethiopia and J and I would like to take as much as we possibly can!
They're not kidding about what they have printed on their t-shirt. Tiny Revolutionary is giving $20 for every one of these t-shirts sold (adult and children's) directly to the African Aid Foundation to fund a child in a school lunch program in the Buduburam refugee settlement in Ghana for a year. That's one guaranteed meal for a child who is not guaranteed anything! So shop and do good! Click here to buy a shirt.
I thought it would be easier to start a blog to keep all our kind, wonderful and inquiring family and friends up to date on what is going on with our adoption..... so I am officially starting our blog! OK, we are still waiting! We are now within the 'referral' time frame (3 - 5 months of our dossier arriving in Ethiopia according to our adoption agency) and could receive a phone call at any point - but no call yet! And yes, while I started out very zen about the whole thing it is starting to get to me a little. The kind people at Gladney weren't kidding when they warned waiting is the hardest part (and silly me thought it was trying to get fingerprinted and entertain an impatient four year old at the same time!) STAY TUNED!!!