"But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow, be patient! For it will surely take place. It will not be late by a single day." Habakkuk 2:3

Friday, October 29, 2010

Only 2 WEEKS to GO!

WE LEAVE 2 WEEKS FROM TODAY-I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! IN A LITTLE OVER 2 WEEKS I WILL BE HOLDING ABIGAIL IN MY ARMS!!! HOW LONG WE HAVE WAITED FOR THAT MOMENT! PLEASE KEEP PRAYING FOR US AS WE HAVE A LOT OF PACKING TO DO STILL, WE ARE BOTH WORKING AND KIDS HAVE THEIR ACTIVITIES SILL-IT DOESN'T LEAVE MUCH TIME TO GET READY! PRAY FOR PEACE PLEASE AS WE ARE STILL NERVOUS TO FLY AND GO TO A DIFFERENT COUNTRY. HERE ARE PICTURES FROM THE BEGINNING OF TRYING TO PACK UP SOME DONATIONS.


















HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

This week we carved pumpkins-we helped the kids carve nice triangles, smiles, etc....then they decided to take over from there. This is what happens when you give 4 boys some pumpkin carving tools! :-) o'well




LOVELY!!!




LETS HOPE OUR YOUNGEST SON NEVER GROWS UP TO BE A PLASTIC SURGEON-THIS IS WHAT HE DID TO HIS PUMPKIN! :-) THAT SHOULD LIGHT UP OUR PORCH GOOD!




This is how girls carve pumpkins-nice and neat!

Adam had a contest at work of who could make the funniest Halloween cake-here was his entry which won third place.

Monday, October 25, 2010

CALLING ALL MY MEDICAL FRIENDS-GIVE ME YOUR OLD SCRUBS!!!!


HI GUYS-SO ONE OF THE NEEDS AT HANNAH'S HOPE -OUR ORPHANAGE IN ETHIOPIA WHERE OUR BABY LIVES IS SCRUBS FOR THE ORPHANAGE WORKERS TO WEAR. THEY DON'T NEED TO BE NEW-AND ANY SIZES WOULD BE APPRECIATED, ESPECIALLY SMALL/MEDIUM.
I HAVE A BOX IN THE BREAK ROOM WHERE I WORK AND ALSO ONE AT OUR CHURCH-SALEM EVANGELICAL THAT YOU CAN DROP THEM IN IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET RID OF ANY OF YOUR SCRUBS THAT YOU DON'T NEED ANYMORE-WOULD APPRECIATE IT! THANKS

Needs at our orphanage-can you help?

We are still collecting donations to take on our two trips and just got an updated needs list from our orphanage-so if you were planning on getting something to us-here are some ideas:
We have collection boxes at my work and at church too.

1.Maximum strength Extra Virgin Olive Oil, moisturizing growth olive oil (10-20 bottles, used for the older kids here at HH or at other orphanages)

2.Toys for 4-16 moth old kids….lots of them! Things that make noise and are engaging

3.Bottles-Avent

4.Body soaps for older kids

5.Paper towels

6.Diapers (size 2-3)

7.Rice cereals

8.Towels

9.Notebooks

10.Laptop computer, new or used

11.Men shirts, long or short sleeved

12.Sunglasses for men and women

13.Adult-sized slippers (they wear them in the house, no shoes in the houses!)

14.All sizes of scrubs for the SM

15.Organic flaxseed, unground, they grind there and supplement for kids over 5 months in food

16.Hydrocortisone

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Judge has ruled! Abby passed court!


We heard today that Abigail passed her part of the court process in Ethiopia. This may sound too easy-like well, duh, why wouldn't she "pass". But is wasn't that simple and we are grateful to our great God that he has once again moved us one step closer to our baby girl across the globe.
You see, EVERY single document from the different authorities in Ethiopia that have to do with adoption had to be in place at the court appointment. If even one was missing they would have had to re-schedule it. Every single person from police to social worker to the judge(which they only have 1 I have heard) had to have shown up and all this happened. They said we would have a 50% chance of passing the first time-all these things being there and ready-and we thankfully did.
Now all we have to do is show up and testify in court in 3 short weeks that yes, she is the daughter we want. We long to hear the words from that judge, "She is all yours". Then, after that, she will be legally ours in Ethiopia's eyes and then we just wait for the United States Embassy to do their part in getting her visa and passport ready-so that we can go have our embassy appointment and bring her home (we hope this is the week of Christmas as we have heard that the 2 December embassy dates are Dec. 13th and 27th) The Embassy only has 2 dates a month-99% of those are on Mondays...so we have to make one of these in order to get her home before the end of the year.
Pray for us as our court date approaches-that we will have a peace as remember we haven't flown for over 14 years and are a little nervous. Pray as we pack, arrange care for the kids, etc that we can get everything done and not forget anything important. Pray for us emotionally and spiritually that we will stay strong as this is a huge transition in our lives. Lastly keep praying for Abby that she stays strong and healthy and that her heart is prepared for our family here.
We got a new picture of her this week and she looks great-healthy, and VERY solid (translation beefy, chunky, firm) whatever you want to call it that girl has some serious cheeks on her. It is good to know she is being well fed. Another adoptive mom from our adoption agency was over there for their court appointment and got to hold and feed Abigail and she said she was "Beautiful and just a doll, very alert and perfect". We are so blessed!

Statistics on Ethiopia from World Health Organization

Click Below-

http://www.who.int/gho/countries/eth.pdf

This is a hilarious video!

Everyone with an African child will appreciate this! Too cute!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Please Pray for Abby and her Court date tonight before you sleep!

Tonight the first portion of our court date will happen. Abigail has her portion of court tonight as we sleep. We are a 12 hours time difference from Ethiopia-so while we are going to bed tonight, Ethiopia's Day is just starting and so their courts are opening.
If she "passes court" that means that ALL of the paperwork is there, that the judge shows up, that the representatives all come-(social worker, and person from our adoption agency, someone from the church or police station). All of this will have to happen to have her portion done. Then it will be up to us, when we go in 3 weeks to appear before the judge, say yes-we want THIS child and if we also pass then-Abigail will become legally ours in the eyes of Ethiopia. So please pray that each and every person and paper gets to the court!



Monday, October 18, 2010

PUMPKIN PATCH!

we had so much fun at the Wooden Shoe Pumpkin patch near Woodburn Oregon! Logan and Noah's class went and I got to join them.......

THE SLING SHOT WAS AWESOME!




Logan , Jake-their buddy, and Noah








Good Friends!







Logan and friend Nathan











The cow train was so funny!





Great homemade slide!


I even got into the action and rode the train!















Mrs. Buckly Logan's kindergarten teacher with him



































































































More Sports and school fun to share

Noah did his own hair for school one morning-notice the Mohawk-he was so proud!













Evergreen school was in the homecoming parade-the kids had fun!

































Logan and his buddy Jacob!











My niece Cheerleader Norah with Zach and Noah after a game

















Cassidy and more great soccer moves!






What a great shot dad got with his camera!



























Logan appeared to me with his t-shirt on as a pant suit-nice style!















Sunday, October 17, 2010

Abigail's First Baby Shower


My wonderful co-workers gave me a great baby shower! I got such cute things for Abby and check out this amazing cake! We had a great time! Thank you for such a great day-and thanks to Kristin and Allie for an amazing shower! Love you all!
































































































































Our Airport Homecoming for our 2nd Adoption~

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Our Journey up to our Referral

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Seble's Referral Video

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"Although it may not always be obvious to us, there seems to be one distinct moment when God begins a new story in each of our lives. He writes words on our hearts that long to be spoken and strain to be lived out. Then with His own great hand, He begins to write the script. Experience by experience through seemingly ordinary days, He supernaturally orders our lives. Only when we look back and reflect on what appeared to have been the ordinary events of life does it become clear what a miracle the Lord has performed." Jan Beazely

LUCY LANE-AGCI-ADOPTION VIDEO! This inspired us to follow our dream!

WHY WOULDN'T I....WHY WOULDN'T YOU?

What Adoption is About! What a Testimony! Lundy's Adoption

We Love this family and this video is inspiring!

HANNAH'S HOPE ETHIOPIA

FATHER, BREAK OUR HEARTS FOR WHAT BREAKS YOURS~

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