Friday, September 28, 2012

Crossing the Atlantic

It's official: we are finally DTE!

(DTE = Dossier to Ethiopia)

Our paperwork arrived at our adoption agency Monday morning, went through additional staff checks, then taken to the Department of State and the Ethiopian Embassy for certification/authentication. Our dossier will head over to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where it will sit until we receive a referral.

And now? We wait.

So tonight, in addition to celebrating my husband's birthday, we tacked on a DTE party to it.

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The cousins are ready, in Meredith's words,
"to send my baby brother balloons to Africa."

My Tennessee girl, rocking the cowgirl boots.

There they go! Off to Africa!

And no celebration is complete without a cake.

We are excited, relieved, and yet nervous about this next stage. I am praying hard that Drew and I (probably mostly me) will have the patience for the waiting we'll have to endure. But before I begin to worry, I want to spend tonight celebrating this first phase. So we will send many, many  more balloons over to Africa during this time.

Much love,


  1. I LOVE the balloons! We may steal that (=
    Khris and I are so excited for your DTE... Praying for the LORD's mercy in your wait.
    Love ya!

  2. Congratulations on being DTE! I saw your blog on the yahoo group. We are right there with you all (DTE 9/21)!It's so encouraging to be going through this process with other families.

    The balloon idea is awesome!

  3. Whoops! I told you we were DTE on 9/21, but that's a birthday in our family! We were DTE on 9/7! Sorry, I'm a weirdo.

  4. Hi Courtney!!! Congrats on being DTE!!! I, too, saw you on the Yahoo group. We are hoping to be DTE by the end of December (maybe sooner---fingers crossed!!!). Excited to follow your blog!

  5. Congratulations!!! This is fabulous!!!