Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fingerprints & Finger Food!

We were fingerprinted today.
[and completely giddy about it!]

We were grinning from ear to ear.
We laughed, a lot.

To celebrate we went to a family-owned Ethiopian
restaurant in Chapel Hill.
We didn't quite know what to expect...

But, we were pleasantly surprised!
It was delicious and an amazing way to end the day.

The end of our paperwork chase is near!

Here are a few pictures to document the day.



highly recommend it!

We're one step closer
to bringing our babe home!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Puzzle Results: WEEKS 11-14!

We had some work to do on the puzzle tonight.
The results are incredible.

In the last four weeks, 109 puzzle pieces have been sponsored.

618 PUZZLE PIECES have been sponsored to date!!!!!

what an answer to prayer.
what a humble reminder,
God does provide.

thank you for your generous support.
we are so blessed,
and have so much to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

why we do what we do.

...the ramblings of my heart.

My eyes have been opened to the devastating statistics of Ethiopia, and orphans worldwide.
The reality of the number of children without a family or a home is haunting.

The need is great.
There are over 147 MILLION orphans worldwide, a number far too great to comprehend.

I know God has called us to adopt. I whole heartedly believe this is HIS will for our lives.
I know some people question our heart's desire. They don't understand why.

But, the more I learn, the more my heart aches. I simply cannot turn away...

Because, My life is not my own.
I belong to my faithful Savior.
AND, this world is not all about me.

I want to be passionate about what my Father is passionate about.
I want to be moved into action over social injustices that cause Him pain.
I want my heart to be in tune with my Jesus.

I wish in the 21st century we could find a way to cure AIDS, illness, poverty & clean drinking water was in plenty. I wish there wasn't a need for adoption, simply because every child already had a home AND a family.

However, today...that is not our reality.

We're not in this to "rescue" or "save" a child. [those words actually make me shutter in relation to adoption.]

we're simply loving our Jesus and trying our best to follow Him...

[and we're having a rockin' good time doing so.]

Somehow along the way we just get the incredible privilege of welcoming a little Ethiopian kiddo into our lives.

and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Another step closer.

Friday was a good day.
a really good day...

2 1/2 weeks after submitting our I-600A...
we received our fingerprinting appointment!!!


I opened the mail and
jumped up and down
all while sitting in the car
trying to dial the hubby's number.

we were told months.
it happened in two weeks.

So, while I screamed with joy my eyes filled with tears.
God is in control.

what an amazing reminder.

NOVEMBER 30, 2010...
Another step in our adoption journey
will be completed.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Four More: ONE-LESS.

Way to represent, Calvin College!
Thank you for your support.
Way to rock out in the tees!

much love.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Update!

As of today, we have sold
56 ONE-LESS T-SHIRTS!

Thank you for all of your support!

***If you have bought a "ONE-LESS" t-shirt, we want a picture of YOU in it!***
[We're all about community, people!]
SO, for the TEXANS, MICHIGANDERS, NORTH CAROLINIANS,
and peeps in OHIO...Please email me your pictures!

Here is picture of our dear friend, Rachel.
She's amazing.
Her blog is amazing.
Her photography is amazing.
and, so is her love for AFRICA.

Go check out her blog and make sure you find her recipe for
[my mouth is watering just typing that.]

thanks, friends.
exciting things are happening.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

book review.

I just finished reading this book:

with the stirring of numerous emotions,
it has opened my heart to a whole new world.

it's a must read.
you won't regret it.
[i didn't]

Thursday, November 4, 2010

MI Craft Show Represents!

The "ONE-LESS" t-shirts are coming to a craft show near YOU!
[if you live in the Grand Rapids area!]

This Saturday, November 6 from 9am-2pm at:
Legacy Christian Middle School
67 68th Street SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

My sister has a booth and is selling her insanely cute handmade headbands.
She has graciously offered to also sell the "ONE-LESS" shirts...

AND merchandise from JUMPING ON THE BED DESIGNS!

100% of the t-shirt proceeds will go towards our adoption!!!
[as well as a portion of the sales from Jumping on the Bed Designs.]

So, save on shipping...stop by her booth on Saturday!
Go say "hi". Check out the sweet things she's selling.
And, if nothing else...just go talk to her.
she's completely amazing.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

a good place.

We found out it may be a matter of months before we get our fingerprinting appointment and approval from USCIS. But, it's ok. We are where we're suppose to be. God has granted us peace, and I'm grateful. I look with anticipation to the day we'll be a family of three...but, for today I'm going to savor the moments of waiting.


my heart is content.
and i for that, i rejoice.



Monday, November 1, 2010

Puzzle Results: WEEK TEN!

WEEK TEN.
50 Pieces sponsored.
We're over half way done with the puzzle!!!
THANK YOU to those who are making this possible!

509 pieces sponsored to date.

thanks, friends.