Friday, November 19, 2010


We are officially waiting!!  We received our I-171H yesterday and over-nighted it to our adoption agency in Oregon last night.  They received it this morning, approved it (with no revisions- all that double and triple checking paid off!), and added us to the list!  Our agency will now send our dossier to be authenticated by the US State Department and Embassy of Ethiopia and we will be notified when it reaches Ethiopia!

For those of you wondering what #56 means (I've been asked that question several times already)...  Basically, there are 55 families in our agency waiting for children ahead of us....  They aren't necessarily waiting for infant girls (could be older children or boys), but they are ahead of us.  We will be receiving monthly updates as the list moves and our number changes....  Our agency is estimating that our wait time for our referral (child match and picture) will be 3-9 months... Obviously we are praying it's closer to the 3-month mark, but it's totally in God's hands and His perfect timing... 

Thanks to everyone for all the support and encouragement through this process...  It means so much to us!!  As they say in the adoption world....  WE ARE OFFICIALLY PAPER PREGNANT!


  1. Yeah!!!!!! So Exciting!!!!
    ~Angie Donaldson

  2. Congratulations!! I just found your blog and will be following your process. We'll be right along with you, as I was given #53 yesterday. I'm seeing on your timeline that you were fingerprinted in Michigan City?? As in Indiana?? We're in Fort Wayne, so we're practically neighbors!

    Anyway, Congrats again!
    Leah Ann

  3. Congratulations, Baker Family!! That is really, really exciting news. You will definitely have something to celebrate during the holidays!

  4. Congrats on this big step! Looking forward to following along with all the rest!