Let's Take This Journey Together

In my attempt to find information for our adoption process from Uganda, I became quickly aware that there just isn't much out there. I wanted to create a way for all of us taking this journey together to be able to walk along-side each other. A place we can find other people taking this journey with us. A place to encourage each other during the journey. A place to keep up with the family after the adoption is finalized, because, let's face it, the adoption is only the beginning of this journey!

If you are in the process of adopting from Uganda and are blogging about your journey, please e-mail joshntash@hotmail.com so I can add you to the hopefully growing list of people who are bringing these orphans home!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

I never would have thought we would be on this journey this year!  I am so grateful for the Lord's patience and for His voice as He gently speaks to our heart.  Hopefully this time next year we'll be celebrating as a family of SIX!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Today we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the true Father to ALL!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"How Can We Help?"

We are asked this question all the time.  People want to help us with our adoption, but aren't exactly sure how.

Well, I am going to give you two very easy ways to help us in the most practical way possible.

Ready?  Here it is...

You can Pre-Order my family devotional I wrote, although not in my hands yet because it is the final stages of production, and a percentage of the $15 (+shipping) will go toward our adoption.  You can also choose Option 2 or Option 3 to donate a little more toward our adoption.  I'll be mailing out the books mid-January. (There is a link to the right to pre-order the book as well:)

You can also go to joshvia.bandcamp.com and download Josh's new Christmas Album EP.  It is available for FREE download, but if you feel so lead, you can donate toward our adoption for the album as well.  So, go download this great music and ENJOY! (There is a link to the right to download the EP as well:)

So there ya go.  Two ways to help us bring our little girl home!

Here's a BONUS thing you can do - spread the word...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Figure

We made $600, exactly, at our Adoption Yard Sale yesterday!

Make sure to check our family blog, www.tashavia.com, if you want to see the details and what we did with the leftovers:)  Pretty amazing!

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Yard Sale Is Tomorrow!

Via Adoption Yard Sale
WHERE: Rolesville, NC (at our house)
WHEN: starting at 8am

We have couches, storage shelves, toys, clothes, and 
don't forget all of Areyna and Zeke's little treasures they found to sell:)

Come on out and get a FREE cup of hot chocolate while you shop!

Monday, December 13, 2010

News...Finally!

Our first Homestudy visit went very well.  Very.Well.  Our agent is fabulous and totally put our minds at ease.  I'm not worried at all about our second visit, which will be toward the beginning of January.  The only thing paperwork-wise that we have to do to complete our homestudy paperwork is Josh's medical and that is scheduled for the beginning of January so we are actually at a stand-still with forms and such.  It's a welcomed lull with the craziness of my grandmother's funeral and our trip to Charlotte, not to mention Christmas being right around the corner and another Sunday trying to get the rest of the sponsors for the Orphans.

Here is the news we've been waiting for...

I got an email from the facilitator in Uganda and he has finally received the funding to begin the process for the little girl we are hoping to adopt!  I couldn't be more thrilled to have gotten this news!!!  This means that things are progressing on both ends now!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

First Home Study Visit

We have our first Home Study visit this Thursday.  Josh and I have been compiling all our documents and paperwork over the weekend and feel prepared.  It is so weird to be on this side of the adoption process.  I've always been the one to compile everyone else's hard work and send it to the appropriate places.  Now, I'm the one preparing all the little details.

Josh and I had fun reading through each other's autobiographies last night.  It was neat to see our different perspectives on our kids, marriage and our own marriage relationship.

I think this whole process, although it can be overwhelming at times, is going to be so good for our family and our relationships.

I'll let you know how the first visit goes.  I know the house doesn't have to be perfect, but I can't seem to fight the urge to straighten up every little corner and closet in the house anyway.

So, off I go to do what I do best...ORGANIZE!

Friday, December 3, 2010

And The Paperwork Begins

We just received our Uganda packet in the mail.  It's more like a dissertation and, after reading the welcome letter in the front, I went ahead and just closed it before the tears started to smear the pages.  I became completely overwhelmed.

I'm not exactly sure why.

Maybe it was because my brother and sister-in-law kept me up until 1am the night before:), maybe it was because the first thing I saw was "return to LMI ASAP" in bright red.

Maybe it was the fleeting thought of our little girl falling and scraping her knee and not having a mommy and daddy to kiss it and put a band-aid on it.

I don't know.  We just have such a long ways to go before we can bring her home.  Why does it have to be such a grueling process?  I mean I totally understand.  I really do.  But at the same time, I just wish we could say, "Hey __________, you want to come be part of our family?  Okay, let's hop on the plane and bring you home."

So,  again, Josh and I sat down and we made a weekend goal to do the "return to LMI ASAP" so we can mail it off on Monday.

Then we'll dive into the next page of the packet:)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Who'd A Thought

We sent in our contract so now we are moving.

Who would have thought it would be so darn expensive just to get a few Birth Certificates and a Marriage License?  Sheesh!  I'm in the process of getting all of our legal documents in order.

I need to pace myself or this could get a little tedious.

I'm also waiting to hear back from our home study agency to get our first session scheduled:)  It feels to good to actually be doing something now...