Football Sally

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You might have noticed that my blogging hasn't been as regular as usual over the last week.

There is a reason for that.

We have had a very eventful week. In fact, as I was doing my quiet time this morning I looked back over last Mondays journal entry and actually laughed out loud at how clueless I was to what was coming just a few days down the road.

We got the call.

THE call.

THE call needs no more elaborating on for those of you in the adoption world. For those of you not familiar with adoption lingo THE call means we received our referral.

Referral: When we are matched with a child and presented with a picture and all their information, including family history, medical information, etc.

For those of you keeping up with our adoption story you realize then that this call came about 6-8 months sooner than expected.

Needless to say, we were SHOCKED.

In a good way. A very good way. Shocked none the less.

Here are some things we know about our little guy:

- His Ethiopian name is Chala
- He is three
- He is tiny for three (28lbs)
- He has an incredible smile
- He likes pancakes

Again, for those of you keeping up with our story, you might remember that we have always said we wanted to adopt siblings. That is what we had said...however, after receiving his referral and hearing his story and taking the time to pray (alot!) we have a peace from the Lord that this is right. He is our son.

We called our agency today and accepted the referral of him.

If you are wondering why I titled this post the way I did, let me elaborate...

When we talked with Ella and Ezra about Chala and showed him his picture we talked about how we were going to give him a new name (and keep part of his Ethiopian name as his middle name) we asked if they had any suggestions.

Ezra said "Football!"
Ella said "Sally!"

There you have it. Our new son, Football Sally.

Yeah. Don't think so.

I can't post photos of him on here until after we pass court (more details to come on that later) but you can take me at my word that he is absolutely precious.

More to come later...
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Allyson said...

Congratulations!!! This is so exciting, can't wait to see pictures and meet him!

Oh my word! Soooo exciting! WOOHOOOO! I can't wait to see pictures. Hoping you have a speedy court process and can bring home your son soon!

Addie said...

I like the name :)

We're so happy for you guys! Can't wait to meet Football Sally in person!! :)

mommajeane said...

I really don't think that one of my "grand babies" is not absolutely adorable or precious... I can't wait to meet him ... everyone is so excited here!

Kelly Via said...

I vote Football Sally.

And again, Congratulations!! We are SO excited!!

That is soooo exciting!!! I am thrilled for you guys! What a blessing! Can't wait to meet him! You guys will be in our thoughts and prayers! Congratulations!!!!

The Martins said...

Congratulations!! That is so exciting! Love the name...Micah insisted Haleigh be called "trashcan" before she was born. At least theirs is a little nicer!

Pam said...

That is so awesome! I am so excited for you guys! Can't wait to hear "Football Sally's" real name and see his precious face!

the broomes said...

Praise God!!!! Woooo Whooooo!!!! The Broomes are so excited for y'all!

Heather said...

Tears of joy for you all! We will continue to pray the rest of the journey goes so smoothly. Congratulations!!!!!!

Emily said...

I can't believe I didn't get to really talk to you at church Sunday! I'm so excited for you guys... SO EXCITED! I teared up a little when I saw that big smile on the big screen yesterday. Congratulations!

Bobbie Grant said...

Wow! I am so happy for you! What an amazing blessed you have given this child. I'm sure he'll have one or two for you guys as well :)

Jennifer said...

WOW...incredibly wonderful news! He sounds really sweet...can't wait to see his photo! I truly hope the process is smooth and quick to bring him home safely.


Susan said...

CONGRATS!!!! What exciting news! Olivia has been praying daily for Ella and Ezra to get their new sister or brother soon, so I can't wait to tell my 9 year old girl of such faith this good news. No wait! I will get her to read your blog today! :)

ALL of us are excited for all of you! We'll pray the rest of the process goes as fast and smooth as this part has. We'll definitely have to keep up with your blog.

Amanda said...


I am a little late to the party but CONGRATS!