Thursday, January 20, 2011

Break my heart for what breaks Yours

Just another reason why our hearts, and our little girl reside in Africa!
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"It Began with Bale" from Drawn From Water on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Labor of love

Today has been an emotional day.  My husband has been sick, the baby has been fussy and I had a "To Do List" a mile long.  It's days like this where little comments or odd questions seem to really peeve me.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate people I barely know sending me words of encouragement during this long and wonderful journey.  It has truly been a God-send.  

Some of our friends and family have been less than supportive, adoption is something they don't understand. I get comments such as, " But you just got on your feet" "But you can have your own children" "It costs how much?"  Many of them can't see past the "price tag."  We are less than well off, and it raises eyebrows when we tell people that we are going to embark on a $27,000 journey to bring home our little girl.  A year ago my husband was laid off and I was only substitute teaching.  God has been good to us this past year.  We have been faithful servants, and I plan to continue.  So when people ask me why now, I tell them it is what God is telling us to do.  He's not saying, " Wait 3 years and then try, he's saying NOW!"  To be honest, I don't know where all the money is going to come from, but I know it will find its way to us.  God is good all the time, and this is the path He wants us to take, and he will bless us all the way to Ethiopia and back.  

I hope that someone who is considering adoption will read this blog and realize that they too can swing it.  I know a college friend really inspired me to get the ball moving, and for that I am truly grateful.  

Luke 12:32-34

32Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


And the Winner is...

I had a great morning today speaking with a friend who is currently awaiting a court date for her little girl in Ethiopia.  God has blessed us with a wonderful extended family in this journey.  My husband and I have decided to go with American World Adoption for our agency.  I feel that they have a great reputation in Ethiopia and have a lot to offer us.  Now we will begin the great paper chase along with lining things up for our homestudy.  

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Let the Journey Begin

This is just one of the many sleepless nights I have had lately, anxiously rolling about in bed with thoughts racing. And so the journey began.  Eric and I spoke of adopting children long before we ever got married, I guess you could say it was one of my "prerequisites."  I have always had a heart for the orphaned.  My heart aches for the millions of children without a family.  One sleepless night I just kept thinking about my son, and how I would love for him to have a sibling close in age.  After tossing and turning all I could think about was adoption.  The next day it was agreed, we would embark on a long road of paperwork and a labor of love.  We are still early in the process and are narrowing down our list of potential agencies.  Please keep us in your prayers.  We have a long road ahead of us.