Monday, March 3, 2008

Our Own Rooney

I know it's been frustrating not to be able to see Abe's picture these last two months, but as a lot of you know, there's a policy not to post photographs of children until we are the official parents.

That being said...


I told you this was a twisty tale! Right now angels are singing and we are dancing!!!

WE HAVE OUR OWN ROONEY!

details to follow...for those of you fasting--break it, open up a bottle of champagne and eat a big ole steak!

114 comments:

Jocelyn said...

YAY for Abe Rooney!! I am so happy for you guys...I can't wait until there is a picture of Abe in your arms!! Now go get that boy:-) Pacey can't wait to play with him again!!!!!! WOOHOOOO!!
Love ya,
Jocelyn and Pacey

Kerri said...

Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kerri and Ruby

Susan Isaacs said...

PRAISE GOD PRAISE GOD PRAISE GOD

Stephanie said...

Congratulations!

The Breedlove family said...

Christopher just met me at the door to tell me that you called. I am about to call you, but I had to post something here too. I am shaking...I am so excited for you guys. I am so thrilled that you didn't have to go through the anxiety of waiting for the phone to ring tomorrow...it just happened. I am just plain all around THRILLED!!!! I can not wait to see Abenezer again...and this time in his mommy and daddy's arms!!! Not only will we be celebrating Anna's birthday tomorrow...we will be celebrating for Abenezer and you guys too!

Amy

Anonymous said...

Woo, hoo happy dances all around. Cannot begin to say how very overjoyed I am for you!!!! If I were not sitting at my desk at work I would be crying happy tears (the very best kind of all)

Can't wait to give you a big old congratulatory hug!
and
Could that face be any more adorable!

Pattie

Eric & Tara said...

Haleluia!! We have been praying and fasting for your sweet family to come together and now were crying our eyeballs out for you!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!

graceling said...

Praise be to GOD the giver of ALL good gifts! And the giver of one really superbly cute ABE ROONEY!!!!!!!!

I got chills while I was waiting for your blog to load... :)

Hey, I think he looks like his daddy.

Amy said...

Congratulations Rooney's! I can't wait to hear the story... How amazing that the news came at, what I am guessing was, an unexpected time!

Yah!!!!!!!!! This picture is too sweet!

megan said...

Congratulations!!! He is so handsome!!!

Ashley said...

I had to come out of lurking to tell you that I am soooooo happy for you! Congratulations!!!

jill said...

wahoo! we are so thrilled for you guys. My brother-in-law just called my sister, who then called me to let me know that you had an update on your blog (and i thought I was checking regularly!)

We are so excited. When do you travel?!

Carol said...

Lori and Ted - What a sweet surprise. Abe is such a doll and we are all so happy for the Rooneys - especially the newest one!
Carol

the albertsons said...

HOLY SH*T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!
AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
party at the albertsons for YOUR OWN ROONEY!!!!!!!

rustyspell said...

Rock to the and to the roll!

Timm and Jennifer said...

Oh I am SO happy and relieved for you! We were praying for this outcome!!!! Abenezer is such a sweety and so adorable. I hope you travel real soon!

Jana said...

WHAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTT???????? I have been breathing prayers for you ALL morning--woke up thinking of you guys!!!!!!

Oh, thank you for making my whole week!!!! So, SO happy for you.

*sings the doxology LOUDLY*


I can't believe it.

TedTracie said...

PRAISIN' ME SOME JESUS IN HEAVEN for your growing family!!!!

WHAT AMAZING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES!

crazy thorne's said...

WOW! congratulations!!!! He is adorable! I am so happy for you! What an incredible blessing! God is at work in a mighty way. Blessings

Stacie said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!

(If anyone could see me right now shaking with laughter and tears streaming down my face - they might think I am crazy, but I'm just so HAPPY!!!! God answers prayers!)

Our journey said...

Doing a little dance of praise for our Father! I too have tears of joy for the end of this wild ride you have been on.

Grace & Peace,
Amy

Nnenne said...

Congratulations! God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good!

Blessings

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! He is so good!

Ronnica said...

Praise God for all His wonderful gifts! I can't imagine how difficult the last few weeks have been, but it's over! Congrats. =)

Momma said...

Ted & Lori ~
What a wonderful moment. Your little boy is just so amazingly beautiful. I cannot wait to talk to Maria to see if she met him while she was picking up Kozette. I'm sure she did.

I love that you wrote that you found peace yesterday ~

Enjoy every moment. Oh he is gorgeous!

Mary Ann (Tsebay & Kozette's Mimi)

InGod'sHands said...

What an answer to prayer! I'm so happy for you all. Now my prayers will turn to a quick travel date and safe travels for you all. I can't wait for you all to get to hold this handsome little fellow. Sincere blessings, Rebecca K.

kris said...

Yippee!
So excited for the 3 of you......what awesome news. Can hardly wait to hear all the details.

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Congrats, CONGRATS, SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenny said...

What a great post for me to officially de-lurk on! I've been following along since the first court date. You've been on my heart all weekend and today. I'm so so happy for you all. Praise God, indeed!

Carrie said...

Yeah!!! Congratulations!

Zach and Erin Kennedy said...

Amazing!!! Praise God! What a sweet boy.

familyinflux said...

What an awesome surprise to see this on your blog today! I know it doesn't compare to the excitement you must be experiencing. Congratulations!

Pete & Linda Trask said...

What wonderful news! Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

YIPEE! Are you just elated? Can you hardly believe it! Praise Be to God Almighty! I could just pinch those tiny cheeks!

Chris & Jess said...

I'm crying! I'm so happy for you!!!! How sweet this is!

Chris & Jess said...

I'm crying! I'm so happy for you!!!! How sweet this is!

Angie said...

The strangest sobs of joy just left my mouth...sort of a laugh-cry at the same time. My dog thinks I'm nuts.
I'm overjoyed for you guys - let's please find a time to meet and CELEBRATE!!!
I wrote my dad this morning and said please pray NOW. All those happy thoughts and prayers from your crusaders have paid off.
Congrats, guys. You deserve all the happiness.

Jillienne said...

I am sooooo happy for you! What a wonderful, wonderful ending/beginning!
He is amazingly handsome!
Gotta go I am getting exclamation point crazy!!!!!!
Yeah!!!

Jennifer and Jody said...

YAYYYYYYY!!!!!! I am sitting here crying at work. I got a chill up and down my spine when I saw his sweet face. What a blessing!!! Good thing you started mommy prepping again! He is absolutely gorgeous!! I want to give out a yelp at work. I may have to go out in the rain to do it. Hooray!

Anonymous said...

Most excellent news!!! I have been checking your blog daily. So happy for the three of you.
dani schmidt

MOTHER TO AN ETHIOPIAN PRINCESS said...

Praise God!!!

That's wonderful news! I am so happy for you guys. I've been following your blog for sometime now and I'm happy hear that you will finally hold Baby Abe Rooney in your arms.

Andrea

Stephanie said...

Let me know when you're back in town and ready to play. We are so elated for you. I bid you safe travels and await Abenezer's homecoming.

LOVE!
Stephanie B.

graceling said...

Hey Lori, I think all that telepathic love you've been sending worked- that is one happy-looking kid! I love his lips- they look mischievious- and therefore very Rooney:)

emily said...

Ted and Lori,
What a blessing! I am so thankful that the Lord has worked this out and you are officially the parents to this little boy- He has made a definite mark on many a heart and I know the Lord has great plans for his life!

Rejoicing with you and will crack open a good bottle of red wine tonight in your honor:)

Oh, and he is BEAUTIFUL!!! When do you get to travel?

jody said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I got all teary eyed for you! that is so great! God is GOOD! now march forth and get that boy home!!!

Misty said...

YEAH!!! SO awesome. What an incredible suprise (though we were all expecting it!) What a beautiful beginning to your next journey! HUGE Congrats!!!

Jessica said...

Congratulations!!! I'm Jocelyn's cousin and have been following your blog for a while now. I'm so happy for you guys!

Kristy -Mom to 4 and soon to be more! said...

Oh my goodness! What a blessing! I was just reading your blog this morning and didn't have time to post a comment. Ted's rocking self cracked me up big time! What a super fun Dad he's going to be! Woo Hoo! Now you can March forth to Addis Ababa! There just aren't words to express my happiness for your family tonight!!!!!
Blessings,
Kristy

Scarlett_333 said...

He is adorable- congratulations!!!

Nikki
www.madebynikki.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Hurray! I can't wait to read the story!

Your strength and resolve over these past few weeks/months have been such an example for me. I am thrilled for you and Ted and I can't wait to see pictures of the three of you enjoying life together.

Emma

kristine said...

My eyes are filled with tears! I was praying this morning for Abe...expecting news tomorrow! WOW! I am so thrilled and happy for you!!!Yes, oh yes, God is so good!!

Kristine (and daughter Abbie) from WA

suzanna_frey said...

I laughed and cried! I am so happy to have a new cousin and that the suspense is finally over!! I cannot stop smiling! I am so happy for you guys!

Laura said...

I'm bawling...I'm just so stinkin' excited for you guys. WOW!! Seriously...wow! He's beautiful! Congrats, momma!

Kimberly Baggett said...

i am thrilled beyond words for you! what overflowing blessings you have received...to be bathed in fervent prayer and the precious bundle of little abe!!! we cannot wait for your travel....praying for it to come quickly!! many blessings!

Karen said...

I am so happy for you!!!!!! He is gorgeous! Savor the moment - and then start packing! :-)

neola said...

hurrah hurrah hurrah!! :) Mazel tov, dear Rooneys. I can't wait to meet him! :)

Andrea said...

Congratulations!! I have been following your journey and praying for you in the process. I had thought our waiting seemed tough until I read about yours. I'm so excited for you!!!

Irenic Seeker Mama said...

Congrats!

Jenni, Jim and Mamush
Spfld, IL

Anonymous said...

Ted & Lori

We have been thinking about you everyday. I can't tell you how happy we are for you. Now you will have the joy that we have had with Pacey.

There were so many people praying for you that it could not have gone any other way.

Enjoy your son and give him a kiss from us.

Jocelyn's parents

Michael J. Stokes said...

Ted and Lori,

We are so happy for you and for your little Abenezer!!!!! We are from Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, and are also adopting a little one from Ethiopia. We've been anxiously following your blog and it was so wonderful to go on the computer tonight after a long day at work and see this post. How absolutely positively wonderful! Life is beautiful!!!

Blessings and Peace,
Michael Stokes and Paula Hanson
Woodstock, NB, CANADA

HeidiD in CT said...

AAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I will reiterate what many other friends said that it's a good thing that no one can see me BAWLING at my computer right now. I am so surprised and amazed. You cannot tell me that Ted's funk dance didn't have anything to do with the early happy news :) I will need to see that in person by the way at the Union! I guess that you had to find out today so that you can actually March Forth tomorrow and not wait. What a crazy (yet wonderful) sleep you will have tonight compared to the nervous one you could have had. CONGRATS, CONGRATS, CONGRATS!!!! On my way to the wine bottle right now to celebrate that beautiful Rooney family!! xoxo

Cindy said...

WOW! I am comment 61!!
I am thrilled for your family. I hope that you get to travel very soon. Congrats!!

Annie said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was thrilled to check Jocelyn's blog and see her post. What incredibly wonderful news!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats and God bless you!!! He is such a cutie and he's saying, "Mommy and Daddy, come and get me!!!" Can't wait til he's in your arms!!!!!!!!!!!!!

m&r said...

HOORAY!!!!!

Congrats! He is soooo adorable!

The Roberts Family said...

HOW FABULOUS to come home and see this news!!!!! Rejoicing with you guys and praying for swift and safe travel arrangements!!! Wow! ~Shelly

chrisandshasta said...

Hip hip hooray! We are OVERJOYED for you! I have been checking your blog everyday and I'm so happy to see this good news - the best news possible! Congratulations! -Shasta

Anonymous said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Vicki Chaney

Louise said...

Wooowww!!! Woohoo...I am a mom to Nathaniel (16 months from Ethiopia), we live in Canada.
I have been following your blog for the last few months.
I am soooo happy for you, and your husband, not to mention you very sweet little Rooney! Congrats
Louise

Dan, Tiffany and Maggie said...

What good news! Every time I stalk (er...read) your blog, I hope for some good news.....this is the best news!!! I definitely think that you may have set the record for most comments received on a post!!

emily & mike said...

You guys have perservered through such hardship, and now you can finally rejoice!
Congratulations. From far away in adoption blog land, I am SO happy for you.

PIJill said...

He is gorgeous! Congratuations!

Farmboy and Buttercup said...

Congrats!!!!!

That is awesome.

Now, I am at work, but maybe they will make an exception with the whole champagne thing???

Fantastic news.

God is good.

Jennifer said...

My heart overflows with absolute joy for you and your son. Blessings to you all!

Jennifer and Ella Hewan

LLA-DNA-RDA-??A said...

From a family soon to be on the waitlist, we congratulate you. Our heartfelt sigh of relief and celebration of this HUGE step in your journey to YOUR child!!
Laura and David

Renee said...

I am so so happy for you guys! You've handled all of this with such dignity and grace! Looking forward to seeing a family of 3 together at last!
Renee

Autumn and Dan's family said...

Wonderful news! I hope to get the chance to meet you and Abe in person one day! What a beautiful boy!

Karen said...

So happy for you!

Aimee said...

Hooray! Your glass is not only full, it is overflowing! I am sooooo happy for you! Start packing.

Aimee

susan said...

So happy for you! He is a little doll!
Judah's Grandma

Anonymous said...

What a surprise to see a picture of baby A on the blog.
I can't wait to hear the rest of the story. I have goose bumps all over.
Hugs to you both,
Linda and Mike

Scott & Emily Lydick said...

HALELUAH!!! We've been praying for you!!! We'll send you any pictures we have!!! He is one lucky boy!!!

Danni and Tommy said...

WHOOO HOOO! Thrilled is not a big enough word. Just let me know when you are ready to celebrate- Judah and I are ready! I'm free Tuesday or Wednesday anytime or Friday during the day. Do any of those times work for you? I'm so happy for you all! What a perfect family!

Mrs. Baker said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lori said...

Wow, there are a lot of people who care for your sweet family. I have been following your blog and praying for your family and I am so so happy for you and your sweet baby. Congratulations!!!

MB said...

YAY!!! That is such GREAT news!! Congratulations Rooney family!!!

Sunshine Ray said...

YEH! I am so happy for you guys! My husband and I live in Portland as well and I have been following your journey. I am so glad to see it finally coming to a happy ending!

Cheers!

Sunshine

LISA said...
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LISA said...

Yayyyyy!!!! I am so happy for you guys!! I won't add anything else. It looks like i may be repeating the 100's of posts!But i am so happy for yous!Did i mention i'm so happy for ya's??

LISA said...

Oh, wait...He's a little cutie!!!!

Natalie Fournet said...

Thank you Lord!!! I am so so so so happy for your family!!! He is beautiful and he is yours!

Eric and Cheryl said...

Congratulations!!!! God has truly turned today into something beautiful for your family. I can't wait to see that sweet face in your arms. He is precious!

Kate said...

Congratulations! Praise the Lord!

Amanda and Andrew said...

Congratulations!! I was sent here by Stacey, Micah's mama.

What a beautiful son you have. :)

Anonymous said...

i've been following your journey ... lurking out there ... and I just want to say CONGRATULATIONS! I am SOOOO happy for you all. What a WONDERFUL ending... or shall I say beginning ... and it just makes me filled with joy and love. I wish you the best of everything... always. Abe is one lucky kiddo and Ted and Lori are two lucky parents.

Anonymous said...

He is a cutie! Congrats!!!!!

-Samantha- said...

Nothing that hasn't been said yet! Congratulations.

Dianne said...

Waaaahooooo! Congratulations a million times over!

Jeni said...

Oh my goodness!!!!!! This is great news!!!!!!!!!
He's so cute!!!! It's great to finally see his picture!

Meredith said...

God bless the broken road that led you straight to your own Rooney! I woke up and went straight to the computer to read your blog. The Deep South is singing and dancing to Chickenhead and making extra deviled eggs over this! Now go get that baby in your arms!

Meredith

Kellsey said...

Oh, Heavenly Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit,

THANK YOU!!!!!!!! We praise you!!!!!!! We are beside ourselves with joy!

Ted and Lori, what an amazing blessing! I am so very excited for you. Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

What amazing provision, what a fantastic amazing gift.

Lizard said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!Now Ted has someone to teach those funky moves to!!

Amazing Praise God!!

Lisa Milton said...

Praise God and congratulations.

So happy for you all.

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD! Oh my gosh I have chills! I don't even know what to say! I am so extremely happy for all of you! You are all in our thoughts and prayers for a safe journey HOME. What a wonderful word that is...HOME. ;0) We love you!

Chris, April & Lillie Moudy

Gina said...

God knew we'd need a word to express overflowing joy and gratitude, so He gave us "HALLELUJAH!"

Praise God for giving you such a precious gift! Your son is absolutely adorable, so cute it's almost ridiculous! I'm so glad you'll be holding him in your arms soon!

It's a strange sensation, feeling such joy for people I've never met, but I'm sure everyone who has followed your story since December feels the same. Hallelujah and congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Praise God!!!! I came across your blog awhile ago and have been following your story and praying for you ever since. I just wanted to say Congrats!!!

erika's funny farm said...

God Bless You!!!

Lauren said...

Praise Jesus! What an awesome God we do serve. I'm so happy you passed court. When do you travel. Oh, and if you find a pet sitter in PDX let me know. My petsitter had to move to Tigard and SE Portland is a bit of a drive for her. So I'm in the market for someone who loves fur and feather babies :-) Anywhoo! Congratulations and God Bless!!!!

Brenda on the S OR Coast said...

Congratulations!!

I've been watching and praying with you. I'm so thankful that he is finally YOURS!

Enjoy!

tina said...

Oh Thank God!!!!! I have been waiting for this post!!!!

Anonymous said...

YAY!!! I KNEW IT!!! Like Meredith said, "GO GET THAT BABY!!!" And stop by MS on the way home so I can kiss those fat little cheeks!! LOVE IT! HUGS AND KISSES!!! You know I owe you TONS of babysitting!!! Details, details!! I'm dying to hear!!! LOVE the THREE of you SO MUCH!!! Now, to go find that possum....
Cindy

Beth said...

Wow! I am so happy for you. What a journey you have been on the last few months. There are tears in my eyes for you, happy tears.

Lori said...

Amen - God is good! xo

Erica said...

Tears of joy for the Rooneys!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

Ted and Jill said...

That is so amazing! I have followed your journey and I am glad for the happy ending! God did it!!!!

Jill