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And I Say to This Mountain "Move!"

Please be in prayer! We need some mountains moved!! It's called "Mount Paperwork-more." 

We are 9 weeks after referral now and waiting for the 'next step' of paperwork documents to be mailed to us from Ethiopia.  These documents are crucial as we can't move forward until we receive these papers.  Next, they get sent from us to the U.S. Immigration Services to be reviewed as a visa eligibility type of a check, and orphan verification/background clearance.

About 3 weeks ago we were expecting these documents to arrive as was our agency.  With many sprints to the door to see if the chimes were that of the Fed Ex man holding a glowing package of treasured documents, our little hearts are tuckered out.  A new week is about to begin and a new list of delivery orders!  With refreshed and ever hopeful hearts, we come to the Father again in prayer asking for mountains to be moved and oceans to soon be crossed so we can give Tarik a family.

Praying strong and holding o…

One Sought Me Walk 2014

One Sought Me Walk Event is back!  Last year friends of ours rallied around us to help raise funds for our adoption through Ethiopia.  We have been blessed, amazed, and so very grateful for the generosity of others in helping us in prayer and financial support!  The OSM Walk last year was a beautiful day with friends, family, new friends, and just people who had hearts and time to share with us that day.  We celebrated our adoption into God's family together as we walked, listened to the gospel message through guest speakers, ate together, listened to a talented live band, and the kids had a blast at the kids tent area too!  Still a treasured memory for us.  Visit here for a 'walk' down memory lane 2013:

This year Todd and I, along with our friends, have rallied together again to support another local family in their adoption process to adopt from China!  We feel it is our blessing to be involved…

Happy Ethiopian New Year!

Today, September 11th, marks the changing to a new year for Ethiopia!  Celebrating as a new year starts fresh with new hope, ambitious plans, and changing of seasons from the end of the rainy season to a season of new growth.

Ethiopia follows a 13 month calendar and so it's actually the year 2007 in Ethiopia today! Enkutatash is the word for the Ethiopian new year in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. It has also been associated traditionally with the return of the Queen of Sheba to Ethiopia following her visit to King SolomonJerusalem in ca. 980 BC.Enkutatashmeans “gift of jewels.” The story goes back almost 3,000 years to the Queen of Sheba of ancient Ethiopia who was returning from a trip to visit King Solomon of Israel in Jerusalem, as found in the Bible in I Kings 10 and II Chronicles 9. She had gifted Solomon with 120 talents of gold (4.5 tons) as well as a large amount of unique spices and jewels. 

1 Kings 10 says this:10 "When the queen of Sheba heard about …

Smiles All Around

Thanking the Lord for weekly updates of our little one and for his healthy reports!  Our week 5 update photos showed us our first look at his smile!  Just look at those cheeks!  And little toothers. Oh. so. dear. 
There are many times that I find myself just in awe of God's work and all that He has and is doing to guide this little boy to our family.  The smile of my heart just brings me to tears when I think of all the Lord orchestrates for this adoption.  Absolutely a miracle. 
Psalm 68:6 says, "God places the lonely in families...." and I believe it with a clearer understanding as His plan unfolds in our lives and in the life of this special baby boy.  
There are more smiles on the way, so please praise the Lord with us as we are so grateful!  Please continue to pray for this process to unfold in God's timing.  Pray for Tarik and his heart to be prepared to join our family, that his eyes will be prepared to first meet us and see us, and for his continued health a…