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Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it. But I'm afraid God might ask me the same question.

Mother Teresa

"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Break 2011

Here are some of the pictures from our spring break trip! It was so nice to get away and leave all the adoption paperwork behind :)

Cole at Fort Pickens in Pensacola Florida. He loved climbing and getting dirty in the old fort.

Adrian and Evvan on USS Alabama

Adrian is locked in the brig on the battleship.

Cole's first day at the beach. Cole and I put on sunscreen. Everybody else burned to a crisp. Who knew you could get a sunburn in 70 degree weather??

This is the alligator farm in Louisiana. It was all cool until the guy announced these alligators can jump over the three foot wall that was standing between us. Then the alligators started growling at us....creepy.

Adrian and Evvan holding seven month old alligators.

We took a swamp boat tour and this is a house in the middle of a bayou. Notice this man made a PVC pipe run from his recliner to a trash bag under the house to catch all the cans :)

Mike in New Orleans :)

Mike ordered a sandwich at the Boiling Pot. There is a bottom bun under there somewhere...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Incredible Painting!!!

My friend painted this for the auction at the adoption fundraiser on April 9th. It is so detailed it looks like a photograph! Anybody can bid on this painting.

It is valued at $3,000. They are starting the pre-bids at $100. If you are interested, you can email them at

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

We have a court date!!!

After ten weeks of waiting, we finally got the call of a court date in April!! It wasn't until today when I was talking to travel agents that it finally started to sink in. We are going to meet our babies!!

On this first trip, we will spend two hours each day with the kids. I've dreamed of meeting them a 1,000 times in my head. I will probably be a blubbery mess and I hope I don't scare them :) When our boy came to the orphanage, he spoke a different language then the caretakers. I hope he has learned enough Amharic so the nannies are able to explain to him what is happening and who we are. It must be a very confusing and overwhelming time, especially since we must leave them there for a few more months. Please pray that they have a smooth transition and we can bond and start building our relationship on the very first trip.

On Wednesday of the trip, we have our court appointment. We will go in front of the judge and tell her we are happy to adopt these two children. Later that day, they will let us know if we passed or not. Many do not pass on the first appointment, so I'm trying to get myself emotionally ready for that. In fact, they posted last week that MOWA will only be writing 5 approval letters a day, instead of 40. I've heard a rumor that this is just a way to call an emergency meeting and get some additional employees. They are extremely understaffed and this would be wonderful. If we don't pass on the first trip, we will come home and wait for the wonderful phone call when they have all the paperwork completed. But, I tend to be very optimistic and REALLY REALLY hope we pass the first time. I received a picture today of L and he was crying. It breaks my heart and just gives me more determination to lean on the Lord to help get them home.

Ask me anytime, I now have an app for my phone that says the exact days, minutes and seconds until we travel :)