This is my first time to blog. I guess I can start out by telling a little about our family. I will start with what led to our decision to adopt from Ethiopia.
We have always said the we wanted to adopt but our plan was to have biological children and when they were school age we would adopt from the US. We should have known better than to make plans, when God tells you to do something you should listen immediately not when you think your ready. Back to my story, after four miscarriages we went to a fertility specialist in Tulsa, OK (Tulsa Fertility Center Dr. Blackwell, highly recommended.) We went through two rounds of in-vitro before finding out we were expecting. Our trouble are over, or so we thought. Zoe (our daughter) was born 17 weeks early for no apparent reason. Unfortunately at 15oz she was just to little and there was nothing that could be done to save her. She was and still is the best thing that has ever happened to us. Zoe Ann Kirksey was born Sept 12, 2008 at 6:46pm and went to heaven Sept 12, 2008 at 9:35pm. I guess I should also tell you I work in the NICU at the hospital where she was born, every time I go to work I see the room where she died as well as the wonderful Doctor and nurses who did their very best to save our angel. I still haven't decided if that is helping me heal or hendering it.
After Zoe was born we decided we have had it wrong all along and our children are already out there somewhere. We decided toward the end of Nov 2008 to go to an adoption meeting with Adoption for Families in Springfield, MO (also, highly recommended). We hadn't realized until we got to the meeting that Ethiopia was there main program. Our plan was to sign up with them for there domestic program. As soon as she started talking about the Ethiopian program I knew. That was all it took. So we are in the process of waiting for our referral. We have requested an infant and a toddler of either sex. We are overjoyed and can not wait to have them home with us!!!