Thursday, January 27, 2011

Check out this sweet smile!

Can't wait to see it in person!
Okay - sorry we've been so slow to post...I know you guys are all just on the edge of your seats waiting for an update ;)

Here's the latest news:

1. We fly to Washington, D.C. on Feb. 5 (a week from Saturday!!) Dear Burglars, there will be people staying at house and they will be packin'...

2. We fly out of D.C. the next morning - straight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia! When we land it will be 7am on Monday morning (their time)

3. We will get to meet Little Man!! we'll probably freak him out big time...after all, we've been preparing for him for OVER A YEAR (and we may be a little excited), and he doesn't even realize we're coming!

4. February 9th is our court date - please pray that all of necessary paperwork is in place so that the court date doesn't have to be rescheduled! If all goes well, we'll officially be a family of 3!

5. At some point after court, Eli transitions fully into our custody! Yay!

6. Jon's flies home on Feb. 15, Anna and Eli hang out in Ethiopia until the American Embassy finishes Eli's paperwork and issues him a visa to come home. The expected wait time is 6-8 weeks, but we're really hoping for something sooner. Anna's mom will fly over at the end of the trip, stay for about a week and fly home with them! 

We appreciate your prayers. We have a lot do before we leave - especially since Anna is preparing to be gone for so long. Please keep Little Man in your prayers. Pray for continued health and safety and a smooth transition.


  1. That smile melts my heart...>I can't wait til we can see the whole [obviously] chubby face with his momma and daddy!!

  2. Awesome! Praying for all 3 of you!

  3. We are so excited for you and praying that each step will be swift and smooth.
    Love you,
    Karen & Bill

  4. Congratulations!!! This blog I read is doing a link up on adoptions. Thought you may be interested.

  5. Anna & Jon,

    The Mullinax family is on pins & needles waiting for the day when we hear everyone is home safe & sound. Eli has no idea what fantastic people you are & how God is blessing him. But, we are willing to bet that the biggest blessing of all is the "little man" that is coming into your life! Travel safe & take lots of pictures. We really want to see Grandma Sabina's face when she first sees him! Love & prayers to all,
    J., Barbara, Hayden & Katherine

  6. Praise the Lord! That is just goosebump-inducing news! I will continue to pray that God's power will move any obstacles in getting little Eli home to New Orleans!


  7. SO exciting!! Congrats!!! Will be praying for your court date!!!

  8. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! I can't believe that the time is here for you to get your little man. I will be praying for safety, for timeliness and getting that paperwork done fast.

    Can't wait to see pictures of the family of three!


  9. Jon and Anna! I'm SOOOO excited! I CANNOT wait to meet the precious little one. And I'll DEF be praying for yall as you go meet him. Gosh, I cannot even imagine the excitement!! And I can't wait for Eli and Jackson to become bffs and push eachother around on the bball court like their daddies. ha!! love yall!



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