Tuesday, November 2, 2010

6 years ago today

Ethan was placed in our arms FOREVER!!
Our little pumpkin
My guys
Embassy day

Landing in AMERICA!!!

Ethan's first day at home

Six years ago today we were at the embassy in Guatemala City with Ethan for our appointment. He officially became a member of our family. We flew down to Guatemala October 31, 2004, our appointment was November 2 and we flew home November 4. My has time flown by! I remember this day well because it was election day and there was concern for our safety as we entered and exited the embassy. I even tried to vote down there because we didn't realize that we would be traveling so soon. Six years later Ethan has grown into those cheeks and grown in our hearts. Everyday we thank God for him. He is such a joy to have home (most of the time:). Since then he has also become a big brother, some days he likes that role and other days he's in denial. We have had SIX years of joy and happiness with Ethan in our lives, we can't wait to see what lies in the future!

Back then the time frame for Guatemalan adoptions was running around 4 months. Ethan's adoption took under 3 months to complete from referral to pick up. If things could run that smooth then....why can't they run that way now??? Right now I just shake my head in amazement. I pray for all those waiting to bring home their little ones and for all of the children in Guatemala who are without families, waiting for adoptions to reopen. May the unnecessary and often ridiculous delays end and these children be placed in their families forever.


Greta Jo said...

What a great post. Its so awesome the memories you have regarding your pick up trip.
Time goes so quickly. I wish we could freeze time with our children.

Wow, I can not believe the short time frame after you received your referral.

Ashley said...

Look how tiny and pudgy!!!!

Amy, look how SHORT that hair was! Oh my gosh girl! lol.

Kris and Mindy said...

WOW...how amazing that his adoption was that QUICK. It is so sad for all the children now waiting, isn't it!? It makes my heart hurt for everyone...that's fir sure...BUT...HAPPY 3 YEARS!!! It is so amazing and I know it's just going to KEEP getting better. I feel so proud to be Mikayla's mommy and I KNOW you feel the exact same way!!!
Many Hugs

Katie said...

I love his cheeks !! You were lucky to get him home so young !!

Robyn said...

What adorable pics!! Happy 3 Year Anniversary!!


jajbs said...

What a neat post! He is precious and has grown into sucha handsome boy!

I, too, continue to pray for all of those waiting!


Donna said...

Wow--Happy 3 years! Great pix and Halloween ones too!

Kelly said...

What a heartwarming post!!!! Thanks for letting us share in your happy memories! That was SUPER fast (the way it should be). He's such a beautiful baby! And your hair is so cute short!