Our first order was a huge success in my eyes. We ordered 50 shirts, just over 40 from paying customers :) That means we made about $400 towards adoption expenses. While this is a "drop in the bucket" big picture-wise, it is so encouraging to me to know that we are doing something to help bring our little one home, especially as we're close to moving into this crazy "waiting" period.
On our end, we are one reference letter, house and family pictures, and one notary signature away from having everything ready to send to the state department to get authenticated, then the Ethiopian embassy here, and then to Ethiopia. Now, all we have to do is wait for Homeland Security (the coveted I-171H form). It could be anytime, or it could be 2 1/2 more months (or longer!), but God is faithful, and I know He works everything together for His perfect timing and will.
Changing topics: I LOVE the Christmas season--even despite all it's craziness--and I'm most excited this year that my bro and sis-in-law from California and my sis from Paraguay will all be home. WHAT A BLESSING! I will leave you with a hysterical group of pictures showing the ever hilarious, ever changing personality of our fiesty two-year old: