Thursday, January 26, 2012

and it begins again.....

Well, not really but kind of.  Over the last year, we have tried to adopt domestically on 2 different fronts but that hasn't worked out as we would have hoped.  God has a reason for everything right......

So after much prayer and consideration, we are starting another international adoption.  Back to Africa!  We have decided to adopt from Uganda.  Uganda borders Rwanda on the northern side.  We are familiar with Uganda as we support Katie Davis (  She has an amazing ministry there and has painted such a picture through her blog and book.  There are over 2 million orphans in this small country with 1 million being orphaned due to HIV/AIDS.  We have been there before too! Technically anyway.... when we went to get Grace our flight from Ethiopia landed in Uganda and we all stepped out to get some fresh air.  So the tarmac has felt our presence anyway!

We are so excited for this next journey into adoption.  We are trying to be faithful and obedient.  We would have never thought we would have ended up here.... love to see how God works things out.

Where we are in our process.....
We are just about to finish up with our homestudy and our dossier is just about complete. A couple of things that were mailed off for the homestudy are also needed for the dossier.  The paperwork is easier this time around because I know what I am doing!  I like the paperchase... it gives me a sense of accomplishment in a world where you can't control much.

Stay tuned for more about Uganda and our decision!

Monday, January 23, 2012

pictorial ode to a boy

Cannon turns 8 today.... I sure didn't know what to do with "a boy." Still don't! Wow, has he kept life fun!  A few of my favorites...

modeling his new "man robe", 7 years old

football player, 7 years old

 his lips were cold, 5 years old

cake, 2 years old 

you can just see the orneriness, 5 years old 

at the beach, 5 years old 

do I have something in my teeth? 4 years old

always sweet when sleeping, 5 years old 

showing his muscles, 4 years old 

no teeth, 7 years old 

pure boy, 5 years old 

self portrait,  years old 

sweetness, 3 weeks old 

handsome, 2 years old 

baby love, 9 months old

nice hat, 5 years old

loves his ties, 6 years old

Friday, January 13, 2012


Grace is a big Pre-K girl this school year. She is 4 1/2 years old and is working hard on learning her ABC's and her 123's.  She can write her name but that is really the only word in her writing vocabulary.  Every day she practices writing letters. Every day she works to hold that pencil just right and connect the lines just right.  

Yesterday she gave me a piece of paper.  She said "I made that for you."  I told her thanks and put it in the passenger car seat.  Sweet Grace brings home lots of papers every day and I usually put them all in a pile then look through them at a later time.  When I was cleaning out the car, I was going through the papers and I saw this.... M O M.  Wow.  I put it carefully in the front seat.  
Later when we were back in the car, she saw the piece of paper she had so carefully written MOM on.  She picked it up and again said "I made that for you. I want you to keep it forever."  Again, wow.  Our little girl has come so far.  I am so proud of the effort she puts into learning. It may not come easy to her to sit and write. To know her letters and her numbers sometimes is a struggle.  But oh how I will treasure this piece of paper and the first time she wrote MOM.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I am not an avid reader.  I never have been.  The only way I really LOVE reading is if I get pulled into a great book.  This happens maybe a couple of times a year and that is only because someone else has told me what a good book it was.  The kids and I were talking this and my reading choices in elementary school. They were shocked and appalled when I told them my frequent reading choice was the Garfield comic strip book or Calvin & Hobbes.  I do want to come my defense and say that I am a good reader, I just may not enjoy it (I know gasp...).   I am so thankful for the kid's teachers who have helped them to develop their love of reading.  No comic strip books for them!

I am reading a great book now, "Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption." I have been trying to start it since Thanksgiving but today I got sucked in....  Our family is very familiar with Katie. We read her blog and support her monthly.  Kaylee wants to be like Katie when she grows up. Kay even dressed up as Katie for Halloween this year!   Katie's devotion to doing God's will is inspiring to us and we hope to be as open as she is.

Today I came to a part that particularly has to do with adoption.  The following is a passage that really hit me in the face. I have had some of these thoughts before and she sums it all up so well...

Adoption is wonderful and beautiful and the greatest blessing I have ever experienced.  Adoption is also difficult and painful. Adoption is a beautiful picture of redemption.  It is the Gospel in my living room. And sometimes, it's just hard.

As a parent, it's hard not to know when your daughter took her first steps or what her first word was or what she looked like in kindergarten.  It's hard not to know where she slept and whose shoulder she cried on and what the scar on her eyebrow is from. It's hard to know that for ten years yours was not the shoulder she cried on and you were not the mommy she hugged.

As a child, it's hard to remember your biological parents' death, no matter how much you love your new mom.  It's hard to have your mom be a different color than you because inevitably people are going to ask why. It's hard that your mom wasn't there for all the times you had no dinner and all the times you were sick and all the times you needed help with your homework.  It's hard when you have to make up your birthday. It's hard when you can't understand the concept of being a family forever yet, because your first family wasn't forever.

Adoption is a redemptive response to tragedy that happens in this broken world. And every single day, it is worth it, because adoption is God's heart....

My family adopting these children, it is not optional. It is not my good deed for the day; it is not what I am doing to "help out these poor kids."  I adopt because God commands me to care for the orphans and the widows in their distress. I adopt because Jesus says that to whom much has been given, much will be demanded (Luke 12:48) and because whoever finds his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for His sake will find it (Matthew 10:39).