Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? -Matthew 6:26

As we walk through this adventure called life, we remind ourselves that we are all precious children of our Father-- those of us who have walked a little further down the road striving to guide those who have been entrusted to our care for a time. Here is our journey down this path.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

One step closer!

We got a call on Friday from our adoption agency.  This is a bit unusual as we usually communicate via email.

But....this time, the phone rang.

And when I looked at the caller ID, my heart skipped a beat.

I knew it must be something important.  In that 1/2 second it took for my finger to push the green answer button, my mind flashed from thinking it must be great news to 'oh no! what if something is wrong???'

BUT---thankfully the former was true.

Our 'Finder' court date is THIS WEDNESDAY--OCTOBER 30!!!

This is the step in which the person who brought the child to the orphanage appears in front of the judge to describe the situation.


So, praying all goes smoothly on Wednesday.  (Tuesday night our time.)

About a week after the court date, we should know when we travel for our appearance in court----AND TO MEET OUR GUY!!!!!

The timing of this could be really complicated, so praying for the Lord's perfect plan.  And this type A mama is trying to hold that with an open hand.

We are getting closer!!!!!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Dear sweet boy,

Today is your birthday.

The day you turn 2 years old.

It is a day to celebrate your life.

It has been a hard life and we are so sorry for that.  We are sorry for the losses you have already endured at such a young age.  We are sorry that the world is broken and that people get sick and that little boys are left without a family.  We are sorry that you are alone right now.

But at the same time, we are thankful.  Thankful for a God who can pick up the broken pieces and put them back together.  We are thankful that we get to be a part of your life.

So we did have a little celebration.

We had candles.

We even had a present and a card.

But we didn't have you....

We are still waiting.  Waiting is hard.  It is not fun to wait.

I know, at 2, especially at 2, you probably understand that.

But, do you understand that we are waiting?


We haven't met you, haven't held you, hugged you, kissed you, or heard your laugh.

But we love you.  We've looked over and over each of your pictures.  We've imagined what it will be like the day we finally see you and hold you in our arms for the first time.  We can't wait!

But we have to.

But, soon......very soon.....

There will be NO MORE.

No more waiting.

No more birthdays without you.

No more nights without a kiss and hug before bed.

No more boo-boos that go without a mommy's touch.

No more days without a daddy's tumble-play with his boy.

No more sleeps in a bed that's not your own.

No more playing without these crazy, fun, loving siblings waiting here for you to join them.

It seems like the wonderful people caring for you now are doing a great job.  You look happy, healthy and well cared for.  You have grown so much in their care.  You even have a little pudgy tummy.

But you aren't home, yet.

Where you are now is not where you belong.

"Man made orphanages for children, but God made the family for children."
(~Johnny Carr; Orphan Justice)

You are made for more.  You are made to be loved and cherished.

As a child.

As a SON.

Very soon, you will be cold no more.

Lonely no more.

Alone in the world no more.

Without a family no more.

Because you will be an orphan NO MORE!

Thursday, October 10, 2013


We found out yesterday that our case has been submitted to court in Ethiopia!!!!!  I was SO excited to hear this news because it happened much faster than I had dared hope it would.

We are getting closer to our little man!

So, I know what you are thinking....what next?

Well--still lots of steps.

Next will be an interview with the 'finder' relating to him arriving at the orphanage.

After that happens, we will find out our court date.  Which means TRAVEL!!  Jeff and I will go to Ethiopia, appear in court, and he will legally become ours when (not if!) we pass court.  Prayers appreciated for this step....logistics and that it will come quickly.

This trip will also include meeting him, spending time with him at the children's home, but unfortunately, not bringing him home, yet.

After that visit, we will return to the states to await the final visa/embassy steps.

THEN we get to go bring him home.

When will that be, you ask?  Your guess is as good as mine.  But whatever the date it will be in God's perfect timing.
(You may need to remind me of that at some point!)

When I got the call yesterday with the court news, I was literally shaking.....feeling like we are making progress now!!!

So....here's another little happy for you!! I LOVE this one. :)