Sunday, January 04, 2009

Introducing....Mastewal Magruder!!





We got the email this afternoon announcing that we had passed court, meaning that in Ethiopia, she's legally a Magruder!! The jury's still out on a name...All children come home using the adoptive father's first name, so on her passport it will say Mastewal Shannon Magruder, and we'll still have several months before we have to decide for sure on things like names and birthdates. Our tentative Embassy appointment in Ethiopia will be on February 5th, so we'll be leaving Feb. 1st and be returning Feb. 10th.

Thanks so much for all of your encouragement and your prayers....we've also been overwhelmed by how God has used financial gifts from friends, family, and total strangers to bring our daughter home to her Forever Family!

29 comments:

Howard Kang said...

Hooray!

Misty said...

Yeah yeah yeah!! So glad to hear you great news! She is just adorable! I am so thrilled for you guys!

Justine said...

Congratulations Gretchen and family! I was thrilled to read the great news on yahoo. I'm looking forward to reading all about your trip and seeing more photos of this adorable girl.

Yahoo!!!

Jill said...

Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!

Mamushsky World Headquarters said...

WOOOOOOO HOOOOO!!!

welcome sweet beautiful girl.

courtney rose said...

I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOURS!! Congrats, congrats, congrats!

Annie said...

oh, She is so beautiful!!! I am so happy for you and your whole family. What a wonderful way to begin the new year!

hugs to you--
annie and maya

Fine family said...

What a beautiful smile! She will bring you so much joy... Congrats ;0)

Missy said...

YEA!!!!! I am so over the moon happy for you!! I bet you can't wait to give her a huge hug!! She is precious!!

a moore said...

Can I hear an AMEN! Fabulous!

A nickle says that you are going to be told her birthdate is Christmas. Everyone is born at christmas:)

Meg DeZutti said...

Peanut has such a sweet smile! Cannot wait to see a picture of all five of you together!

Sandi said...

Oh I am so happy! Tears of joy for you and her. I just loved the time I spent with her.

Sunita said...

Yeah , I'm so happy for you guys!! I can't wait to meet my new niece..

Amanda said...

Congratulations! :) :)

mattbortmess said...

We can't wait to meet her!

Erin and Keith Sager said...

Congrats, how exciting, what a cutie pie....

losiloni said...

Congratulations! She is so adorable!

losiloni said...

I just realised that our little Sweetpea was wearing that same shirt in the pics we got when we made it through court last year.

http://peachtreewheelers.blogspot.com/2008/04/sweetpea.html

just thought I'd share... I am so happy for your newly expanded family!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations!!!!

Bethany W. said...

Praise the Lord!!! And, you can post pictures too - how wonderful!

Bethany

The Williams Family Blog said...

yay!! we are so excited for you too!!! so crazy!! hope to meet you soon...if our dates stay the same!
congrats!

Suzanne Stem said...

Yeah, how exciting!
Congratulations!

Suzanne Stem and family

Jodi said...

Hooray - how exciting for you! It is so great to see so many children united with their forever families...

Julie said...

Awesome!
Congratulations!
Julie

Renee said...

Congratulations!!! She is too cute!!!!

jen said...

Oh, my! So, so beautiful! Congratulations! So very excited for you!

Kara said...

Amazing! I am unbelievably happy for you guys!

Kevin & Laura said...

Wonderful!!!! So excited for you guys! She is so sweet!
Laura

Carole Turner said...

She is so cute!!

We also had a grant through Lifesong.

Our agency wouldn't allow us to fund raise or post pictures on our blog until our son, Abel is home. They said the Et. government frownd on that, but I see LOTS of people that do it. Either way, they have been great.

Congratulations!

Your blog is so pretty!