Sunday, July 29, 2012

Update on "Jonathan"

A couple months ago, we came to you with an urgent request. A boy from Eastern Europe was about to age out of his orphanage, that he had spent most of his life in. He would leave the orphanage with a few of his belongings, and little bit of money to fend for him self. Well, we shared it on here, so you could share it on your blogs and hopefully the forever family for this young man would be found.

The name that everyone on the internet knew him as was "Jonathan"

Through the support, prayers, and our one Amazing God... "Jonathan" found a forever family!

Now, a couple months later... He is home with his 7 other siblings, and parents. They followed God's call to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus! They brought him home, and it has been such a joy to see this boy thrive. He is smart and very talented. 

Because the kingdom of God came together for a son of the king... "Jonathan" has a home and a family. *scratch that* Our God found him a home and a family, where he will have everything he needs and more.

His name is Andrew, and if you want to read posts about his journey and continue to read about his family... Go to their family blog at To Love Another.

He has grown a lot, and has been welcomed home by so many people. Please pray for Andrew, his parents, and his siblings. He left everything he knew and is still transitioning into the American life. He also still speaks his native language fluently, so sometimes it is hard for him to communicate with his family.

How good is our God?! Truly remarkable...


Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

2nd Tarekech Day...

Two years ago on July 19th, Tarekech left the familiar place of the orphanage in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, and became part of our family forever.

We had just 4 days to become acquainted with one another before our 30+ hour adventure of traveling home together.
It became clear quickly, Tarekech was born a "fighter". Her strength & stubborn-ness is wrapped up inside the shell of a small, beautiful, broken, and fearful little girl. It is this strength that aided in her becoming our daughter, for that I am certain.

Tarekech used her determination to become familiar with our family, her surroundings and learning english & english nuances, faster than I ever dreamed possible. We struggled very little with understanding one another, for that I am grateful.

Two years later, Tarekech remains a "fighter", strong-willed, and stubborn! It's hard to picture our family without her in it. We thank God for growing our family through adoption. Not only have we been changed on the outside, expanding our family in number but on the inside as well, stretching & expanding our hearts to love others better and more intensionally!

Tarekech's heart continues to ache for your birth family and country, it is this passion that makes her who she is. I pray her love for the people of her past will always be. I pray for wisdom to love her well and give her freedom to be the unique person God created her to be.

Each day we fight hard to give back to Tarekech her childhood and the ability to trust... in the One who created her with a plan & purpose! We pray she comes to know true joy, peace and more in the years to come.

Today, we look back at how two years has changed & grown us all ... we think of precious friends gained along the journey ...we realize things learned; wonderful, hard & life altering things... we pray for loved ones around the world, who without a doubt are thinking about Tarekech too... And with grateful hearts we thank God for His infinite wisdom and unfailing love to guide and mold us to be better - for His glory!!!!

"Gotcha Day ~ 2012"

Ethiopia 2010 ... Getting Acquainted :)

Home 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

[Almost] Wordless Wednesday

Only two years ago, Cooper and T were united with families who longed to call them
"their own".  So much has changed in 2 years, yet some things will always remain the same...

Both children are fiercely loved!

Their past run deep!

Ethiopia holds a piece of all our hearts!

They will forever be a child of the King!


"In his LOVE and mercy he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old."
Isaiah 63:9

Wednesday, July 4, 2012