Saturday, July 28, 2012

scratch that...

we received news on friday that we won't be traveling to UG as planned.  there is a court delay and it has pushed us back 2+ weeks.  so we are hoping to leave at the end of August for an early September court date.

we are doing okay with the news.  it means we get to be with the kids as they start their new school year which is good.  it is hurting our pocket book though as we had already bought our tickets.  $900 later we are now working on new flights.

our son will be 4 years plus 2 months when we meet him. that just seems so old.  we will have so much to work through due to his age.... God will give us the tools, strength and patience that we need.  Join us in praying for this court date to be the one and that it won't change again....

Monday, July 23, 2012


Today I looked at the calendar.  I decided to count the days until we are headed off to meet our child.  22. This is the number that means so much. In 22 days, we will head off on another adoption adventure.  In 22 days, we will say goodbye to our first 3. We will then hop on a plane and take a looooong flight over the ocean.  We will land days later in our youngest child's homeland.   We will spend another day driving to where he is.  We will hopefully get to meet him that next day.  It seems so far away but yet is so close.  22 days and counting...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

This little light of mine is 11 years old today.  Eleven years ago I was swollen and uncomfortable and ready to meet this sweet squishy thing that had taken over my body for the last 9 months.  She did not come out easy and didn't exactly continue on as an easy baby.  But once she could communicate all was better. She started talking early and has never stopped. 

She just returned from her first mission trip to Rwanda.  She got to visit the orphanage where her sister spent the first few years of her life. She got to love on babies and play with the kids.  She spent time at schools throughout the land of a thousand hills.  Her compassion for others is  sometimes overwhelming.  Two years ago, she created her own ministry to raise money so that she could help others.  I am so proud of who she is becoming.  I can't wait to see how God uses her for His mission.  She's got her plans so we will see how His match up!

3 months old

3 years old

3 years old

6 years old

6 years old

8 years old

10 years old

almost 11 years old at her favorite place in the world

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

more with us than without us

Today, July 3, 2012, Grace has been a part of our family longer than she was without us. 1 day longer but when you are counting 2.5 plus years one day makes a difference for this celebration.  Let's look back on the last 2.5 years...

Our referral picture for our new daughter, November 9, 2009. She was 2.5 years old.

First family picture, November 28, 2009

Our first smile, minutes after we received our travel letter, November 30, 2009

Turning 3, April 22, 2010

Turning 4 with first pedicure, April 22, 2011

Turning 5, April 22, 2012, with a feather in our hair!

June 29, 2012

This adoption road was not one I thought I would ever be on.  We were done having kids.  Our family was complete.  Wow.  We thought we were in charge.  Glad to know that God is bigger than us.  The road to Grace was a good one.  We grew alot in Him. There were a lot of tears, a lot of why us, and a lot of how are we going to do this. Since we have had this little firecracker in our family, there has been a lot of so glad we did this, can't imagine life without her, we just thought we were good parents, and of course how could we ever have thought of not doing this. God knows what he is doing.  He is completing our family.