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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Posted by Cassie Borgman on June 29, 2013

There is a light shining bright at the end of the tunnel leading us to Ethiopia and Amente and Soresa!!  The U.S. Embassy cleared us on Tuesday and we have an appointment set for Wednesday, July 3rd.  We are so excited to be on our way tomorrow to DC and then on to Ethiopia.  Can’t wait to have those boys back in my arms again!

DSCN0613Trenton and Garrett are seeing the light at the end of their fundraising tunnel, too.  They have raised over $3,500 for their plane tickets to Ethiopia!  Who knew so much money was to be earned in chicken farming and necklace sales.  Seriously, a huge thank you to all our friends and family who gave donations well above what the eggs and necklaces are worth.  It is a priceless gift for Trenton and Garrett to be able to travel to Ethiopia to meet their new brothers.

On another note…we have been thinking about “American” names for Amente and Soresa ever since meeting them 3 months ago.  When we asked them if they wanted American names, Soresa answered “Yes” right away and Amente shrugged his shoulders like he didn’t care.  We were wanting to find strong, unique Biblical names like Titus.  However, it has been a struggle this time around to pinpoint what we wanted to name them.  Believe me, we have been through every genealogy in the Bible!  I think we have finally settled on names that just happen to be the same first initial of their Ethiopian names.  Amente will get to choose between his given name or Asher.  Asher means “happy” and is one of the twelve sons of Israel.   Soresa will be Silas.  He was a friend to Paul as was Titus.  I’m sure he will be our Titus’ friend, too.:)

Thanks for all of your prayers and words of encouragement while we travel this week.  We especially ask for prayers for safe travels and the beginning of a strong bond with Amente and Soresa (Asher and Silas).

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Still waiting…

Posted by Cassie Borgman on June 8, 2013

Yes, we are still waiting.  This has been a common theme throughout our adoption process and our blogs!  I really do believe that God puts this time of waiting in our journey in order to build up the desire to bring more children into our family.  I can tell you without a doubt that the desire is there…and it is overwhelming at times!

We have done some small projects on the room and bathroom that the boys will share.  It kept us busy the month of May but now I look at the empty spots where Amente and Soresa will sleep and brush their teeth and I can’t help but pray that this waiting will be over soon!

DSCN0056We were hoping our paperwork would be submitted to the US Embassy for Amente and Soresa 6 weeks from our court date, just as it was for Titus.  When 6 weeks came and went we were praying for 8 weeks.  At 8 weeks, we were told that we were still waiting for a doctor at the medical clinic to sign off on medical papers.  We were pretty confident that the medical report would be in at the 9 week mark but that day came and went without any wonderful e-mails from the Embassy in my Inbox!  So, now we have confirmation that all paperwork will be complete and submitted to embassy on June 12th!  Praise God!  We have been told that things should move along pretty quickly after our paperwork is submitted.  So, we are hopeful we are on target to go back sometime at the end of June.

During this waiting, I have come across one scripture over and over again…

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.”  – I Peter 5:7  

I think that I have seen this verse, read this verse, and heard this verse more over the past month than in my lifetime.  God is trying to tell me something!  I need to keep hearing it because I have such a stubborn spirit.  I can not be anxious about the timing of this adoption, I can not be anxious about how I am going to communicate with my new sons, I can not be anxious about how our family is going to mesh, or even what the house is going to look like with 5 boys!!  All I can do is cast it on Him because He is soooo much bigger than all of those things that keep me up at night.  He cares for me.  He loves me.  Why can’t I let Him do that for me?

As always, Brian and I appreciate all of your prayers and encouragement.  Countless times an e-mail or phone call from one of you has brightened up our day.  It is so reassuring to know that you are on this journey with us!

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Sales Assistant/Coordinator Job Opportunity

Posted by Brian Borgman on April 18, 2013

I am actively looking for a Sales Assistant/Coordinator to support me and one of my Unified Technologies’ colleagues with our day-to-day sales, marketing, and account management activities.

Main responsibilities include but are not limited to…

  • Assist in development, coordination, and administration of marketing strategies
  • Assist in research and follow-up of new and existing sales opportunities
  • Manage and coordinate calendar events
  • Manage and administer CRM software for Customer, Prospect, and Opportunity management
  • Engage, manage, and coordinate support resources for various projects
  • Assist in design, pricing, and  presentation of project solutions
  • Manage and coordinate initial and follow correspondence and contact with Customers and Prospects

Required skills for this position include…

  • Organized and detail oriented with the ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced, technical environment
  • Self-motivated
  • Approachable, outgoing personality
  • Effective listening skills with the willingness and ability to be proactive in their day-to-day activities
  • Experience and proficiency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Understanding of CRM software (TigerPaw preferred)

If you know of anyone that might have an interest in this position, please have them forward a resume to me at bborgman@unified-team.com.  Additionally, for any questions or any concerns on any of the above, please feel free to contact me via phone at 502.708.3335 or via email at bborgman@unified-team.com.  Thank you!

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Ethiopia Here We Come (Again)!

Posted by Cassie Borgman on March 30, 2013

We appreciate all of your prayers for a speedy trip to Ethiopia. God is good!  Brian and I are in our hotel room in Washington, DC getting ready to try to get some sleep before we jump on an airplane to Ethiopia tomorrow.  What a way to celebrate Easter!  We got the call Monday afternoon that we needed to be in Ethiopia in a week to meet our sweet boys for the first time and go to court to make them a part of our family forever.  It has been a crazy busy week of preparing but now we can breathe a sigh of relief that we are on our way to finally see our new sons.

We get asked all the time, “Why are you adopting…again?”  My Dad prayed a prayer for us at the airport today and reminded us of the “why” in our story.  He included what has become one of my favorite verses in this season of my life:

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  – James 1:27

We will be going to court on April 3rd.  Please pray for our safety and that all will go smoothly in Ethiopia as well as with our other boys back at home with grandparents at the helm.  We appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers as we go through this process.  We know that we are only getting our strength right now through Him who gives us strength.

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Waiting…

Posted by Cassie Borgman on March 23, 2013

I have been dragging my feet about writing an update because, unfortunately, there is no update.  At least not an update on what is going on with our paperwork. We are still waiting for our MOWA letter and then a court date.  We are hoping to hear about a court date any day now (end of March/beginning of April)…Of course, we are praying for the end of March!IMG_3706

Even though there is nothing new with the physical part of our adoption there is plenty going on in the emotional and spiritual side!  When we started this process in October and got our referral in November, we were totally blown away by how fast everything was moving.  I automatically defaulted to “practical mode”.  I kept on track with paperwork, fingerprints, etc. but at the same time I was thinking that it would be OK if the process slowed down a bit.  I even told friends that we had a lot to do before the boys came to live with us and I was totally fine with waiting.  CRAZY!  I can’t believe how differently I feel about the wait now!  God has put a deep desire on my heart to see my sweet sons’ faces for myself.  I want to hear them, I want to hug them, I want to re-assure them that God has placed them with our family forever.The desire came out of two instances where God has placed some wonderful people in our path who have helped us to grow closer to our boys while we are still 1/2 a world a way.

At the end of January, the boys’ birth mother appeared in court to relinquish her rights.  I’m not sure why this was stressful for us, but Brian and I both couldn’t plan to do anything to the house to get ready for them until we heard word about how the court appearance went. The same day we heard that all went as planned at court we also got pictures/video from a friend of ours that was visiting the transition house.  She was able to get a nanny to pronounce their names for us, and she got video of the boys playing together and asking questions about their family.  I felt like I had the day we got our referral for Titus!  It was as if it all seemed so much more real to me.  That is when I changed my tune about waiting.  I could not wait to see more of those two sweet boys.

The second instance was totally out of the blue!   Last Thursday, I received an e-mail from someone I had met through our blog a year ago when we were adopting Titus.  Her family had just recently gotten back from their first trip to Ethiopia and wanted to know if we were the parents of some sweet boys at the Transition House that their biological sons had tearfully left behind when they had to come home.  Yes, I said, please tell me more!  She did tell me more, so much more that I could not even read the e-mail out loud to Trenton and Garrett because I was crying too hard.  Our soon to be sons had made a lasting impression on their family (and we’ve since learned many other families that have come to the Transition House over the past few months).  They are friendly, kind, and polite boys.  I was reassured that even though we can’t be there right now to love on them, others are taking our place.  I had written in my prayer journal the day of this couple’s court date, unknowing to me but known to God, that I wanted Him to show our love to our Ethiopian boys even though we couldn’t do it ourselves.  I pretty much said that He could work it out…And He did!

Thanks for your continued prayers that we will see our boys soon!  For now, we continue to wait but not without hope.  I am so thankful that God has provided us with glimpses into our boys’ lives.  He is so good!

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”   – Isaiah 55: 8-9

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