Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father ... James 1:17

Monday, January 10, 2011


12 bags weighing 50 lbs each, 6 carry-on suitcases full of clothes and shoes, 6 backpacks full of airplane activities, and 6 Porters so excited they can't sleep!!! 
It's bedtime here for our kids and as I tuck them in, pray with each of them, and kiss them good-night, I realize this is the last night I will go through the bedtime routine with 4 children.  It's 6 am in Addis, Mary-Aster isn't awake yet (at least I hope) and she doesn't know that in about 48 hours her life will forever be changed (as will ours).  In 48 hours she will be smothered in hugs and kisses, we will dress her in little outfits, and read books to her -- we will cuddle her close and wrap her in soft blankets -- I will get to play with her hair and whisper in her ear how much I love her!!! In 48 hours both of our worlds will change forever and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we will be blessed beyond belief.  The trip we have dreamed of is finally here and I am SO grateful for the journey. 

These are the verse that God gave me that called us to adoption, they still move me as they did the first time I read them:

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

John 14:18
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

James 4:17
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

Proverbs 24:12
Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”  For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.  He who guards your soul knows you knew.  He will repay all people as their actions deserve.


  1. Oh girl, I just checked my email and saw this update and just.started.crying. Your worlds are about to collide and change forever. How beautiful! So excited for you all. I can't wait to squeeze you all, you Party of SEVEN!
    I will at the very least talk to you before you leave tomorrow. Much love!

  2. Just knowing the amazing journey you have already been on and the amazing touch of God's hand and love you will experience as you bring her home makes my heart skip a beat!!! Enjoy every second of this trip!!

  3. Oh my gosh I am sooooo happy for you!! I have been checking your blog over Christmas waiting to see this post! I will be praying for you all and I can't wait for that precious girl to be in your arms!!!

  4. how very exciting! i'll be praying for sure. rhonda