Tuesday, September 29, 2009

blog love.

I am a lover of blogs;

Adoption blogs.

Family Blogs.

Friend Blogs.

Even a few stranger blogs.

When given a few free minutes, I sneak a peek.

I have been and continue to be encouraged, inspired, and challenged!

I have been moved to seek Him... Laugh at myself... Love with my whole heart... Live everyday to the fullest!

It's great getting a new idea, something fun to share, and I become inspired to write an update- including something "different" to our blog.

Thanks to those who share their lives, journey's, faith, ideas and more... with loved ones & strangers alike.

Going to update tomorrow with "Wordless Wednesday"... a post of only pictures!
(Here's hoping I've got some to share)

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


For fun we have added a ticker to the "bottom" of our blog.

It depicts our journey since the beginning of the "paper chase".

It's our plan to change it or add another when our Dossier reaches Ethiopia (DTE) and our OFFICIAL waiting begins :)

Just for "ticks"... Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dossier to DC!

We just received notification our dossier is on it's way to DC.

There some more "authenticating" will go on,

then it's off to Ethiopia!!!

I'm sure this process can seem silly to some...

but each "step" brings us closer to welcoming home our children to their forever family!

We'll continue to keep you posted...

Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

Wooo Hooo!!! Praise the Lord! =)

Thursday, September 17, 2009


We are officially in the "waiting" stage of our adoption!

Our dossier has been handed over, and making way to all respective stops; last we heard it was at our agency headquarters in Grand Rapids MI and will move on from there :) We were starting to wonder if we'd ever move to the next step...Praising God for His perfect timing!

In other news: Our youngest, S. started Preschool on Monday... As you can probably tell from his "smile" he was excited to do what his big sisters and brother do... Go to school.

We are very proud of your courage and determination Little guy. Love you xoxo

Your prayers for our family continue to be appreciated.
Have a blessed week!

Monday, September 7, 2009


"...in all things God works for the good of those who love him..." Romans 8:28

Thursday, September 3, 2009

state seals.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

We have now had the each of the necessary adoption documents "State Sealed".

In a matter of days, our Dossier will be ready for send off... First stop; our Adoption agency, then Washington DC for authentication, and final destination "Ethiopia".

We are looking forward to being in the "Waiting" period.

We covet your prayers.

We'll keep you posted.

Trusting in the Lord's plans for each of us.

first day of school.

Monday, August 31, 2009
Marked the first day of our 2009-2010 school year
M. is a 7th grader... Home Schooling for the first time this year via an On-line Academy.
She has been working hard... Going above and beyond expectation... We could not be more proud of her!
E. is a 6th grader... Attending CCS again this year.
It's the first year without her big sister... She's got a new teacher... E. is so easy going and soars in all she does... We love you, Sunshine!
J. is a 1st grader... He too is attending CCS... Going to school all day everyday.
He is feeling comfortable and doing great. J. however is sorely missed all day long.
S. will begin attending Preschool next week.
In the meantime, he asks to pick up his big brother 20+ times a day.
I try distracting my little guy from the absence of his most favorite playmate...
taking advantage of the beautiful weather... going on walks & playing in the sunshine.
It's most certainly the Season of change.
And we are embracing the moment and what's ahead.
God's Blessings to you all.
May you all also enjoy your "back to school" days!