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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

first post...

ok, i'm going to throw this right on out there, i am not, i repeat: NOT a blogger. thus, i have no idea what to write as my very first blog post. i definately feel that it should be a momentous writing, one to stir the hearts and dampen the eyes of anybody who stumbles upon it, however, it's not looking like that's the direction we're heading. instead, how about i just treat this first post as an introduction...an ice-breaker of sorts. my name is christina. my husband, chad, and i are tumbling down the crazy road of international adoption. in november 2010 after the mid-atlantic orphan summit, we filed our very first piece of paperwork and have been filing and chasing papers ever since. we've just completed the totally humbling, not to mention thoroughly invasive, process of the homestudy and are ready to move onto greater things, although we're not really sure what those things are yet. i hear they involve exciting milestones like more fingerprinting, immigration paperwork, and a letter explaining ourselves to the ethiopian government...only slightly intimidating. truthfully, this blog is probably a very good idea, considering that i am (far) beyond excited about this adoption. it is what occupies all of my thoughts and conversation these days and now that i'm blogging my dear friends and family will have the choice to read or to spare themselves. for instance, if you and i were having a conversation about how you had a wonderful night out last night i would be nodding and smiling politely, but inside i would be thinking about the first time i get to lay my eyes on our new baby girl...wondering what she looks like, where she is right now, what kind of baby lotion i plan to use, and what outfit she should wear home on the 13 hour plane ride from addis(?)...you get the idea. anyhow, we don't yet know who our baby girl is going to be, that bit of excitement is still a while away. we do know that she will have been born in ethiopia and that we have given her the name ruby...it's our first gift to her. so for now, i will blog to ask those who love us and those who don't know us to pray for ruby, till the fundraising and the paperwork come to an end and we can have her home with us, her forever family.

17 comments:

  1. Dear Non-Blogger...
    I am so glad you are documenting your incredible adventure this way, and I am quite honored to be your first (of what I am sure will be many!) followers!!!
    SO excited for Ruby...and your family!
    Love,
    Jeane`

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  2. SO happy that you are sharing this experience......you know, dear friend, that I am already praying for sweet Ruby, and her precious siblings, and her mommy and daddy!!!!!! Love you and can't wait to read more on your blog! :-)

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  3. Your first blog succeeded in making the tears flow..whether or not you thought it could. :) Praying for you and Ruby.

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  4. How heartbreaking, earth-shattering, and exciting...all at the same time! We will be sending prayers for you!

    Love you,
    Jen (Eber)

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  5. So excited for you!! Yay! And I LOVE her name!

    -Keri Altland

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  6. Friends with Alanna and Laurel and also in the process of adopting our third kiddo (second adoption). Will be praying for you and sweet, sweet Ruby.

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  7. Looking forward to following along as she comes home :)

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  8. Sweet Christina,
    This is a beautiful story and I look forward to reading every paragraph. I fell in love with Ruby the day you first said her name.

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  9. Dear, wonderful friend! I am beyond thrilled to see your FANTASTIC family walk through this great time! I am eagerly anticipating the day the miss Ruby comes home and I am praying for her and bragging about her already! :) You are a wonderful mommy and I am so excited that there will be more Kyllonen kids to spoil!!! :)Love you!

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  11. incase i need another website to stalk instead of doing homework right? i'm so beyond excited for you, chad and the beautiful kyllonen children. i can't wait for the day you bring baby ruby home, knowing God has chosen her just for you. praying for you as you walk on this journey, praying for your sweet, sweet 'airplane baby.' love you so much, erin.

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  12. loving and praying for sweet baby Ruby every day.

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  13. yay yay yay! I'm so HAPPY that you've started this blog! I think about you and your adoption process all the time and almost pick up the phone to call you... and then a kid screams or dinner boils over and the call never happens. So now I can follow you and Ruby HERE! Miss you, love you, and I can't wait to see how God brings this all about!

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  14. Dear blessed parents of RUBY - yes, we will follow your journey with prayer and excitement! We have held our Rwandan and Ethiopian grandsons in our arms as the lines of countries fade in embracing Love! Blessed are you in the waiting and receiving!

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  15. Excited for you and your expanding family! Congrats!

    Carrie

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  16. I found your blog by googling ethiopia arise adoptions. We are also with Lifeline and Arise. We used Lifeline with our first adoption and were with them for a year with our second one through Uganda. After some roadblocks with Uganda, we switched to Arise the first of the year. I will be following your journey and praying for you guys! Would love to chat, email me at kings4ua at gmail.com if you get a second. Noticed too that you had a link to Project Hopeful. LOVE them!

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