"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

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I love this video!

We want to bless Solomon and His family in a few weeks-Want to help?


Many people have asked me what they can give us to take to Solomon and his precious family-here are ideas-we hope to be able to bless them with at least a large suitcase full of items! Ethiopia's Christmas is Jan 9th-so we will get there right before and wouldn't it be great to give his family a Christmas to remember this year?! We are going through our house finding stuff to send and will buy some too-We are praying we get that Dec. 13th embassy date(we hope to know this week)

TOYS/SCHOOL SUPPLIES: (not sure how much English they read yet-but between them going to school and Solomon's English, should be able to read some for a game or something, bucket of regular legos, puzzle, soccer ball-or any balls, math activity books/flash cards backpacks, crayons, markers, glue, paper, tape, colored pencils, pens, notebooks, pencils, pencil box, etc.

BOYS CLOTHES: SHOES size 3 and 4-1/2 / sweatshirts ages 12 & 8 -(very thin build though but tall)/baseball hats, underwear, socks, t-shirts, pants
SOLOMON: -my height, prob 100-lbs, underwear/boxers, socks, undershirts & t-shirts-size med, tennis shoes he said size 8-(I am checking on this), pants

WIFE: (very thin, but an inch or so taller than me-tennis shoes: size 7-1/2 and any clothes size med.(sweater), underwear, socks, sports bra, pants-elastic waist

ANY TOILETRIES:-soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, toothbrushes/toothpaste, shaving cream, maxi-pads, Advil-adult/children's, Neosporin, Band-Aids, cold/cough med, body towels/washrags/hand towels, dish towels, bed sheets-twin & queen, small fan and small heater-electric

FOOD: peanut butter, rice, dried beans/peas, dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, oatmeal, sugar, flour, cheerios, tuna, candy, chocolate

MONEY-obviously is good too-it costs him $25 a month/per boy to send the boys to school-would love to get enough to send them for a year ($300 year/each).

Thursday, November 25, 2010

These are powerful videos!!!

This song kept going through my head while we were in Ethiopia...


What an awesome story and an awesome testimony!!!!

Great Gotcha Video!

Love this family and you can even see a lot more of solomon's house (our driver) in this video....thanks Burleigh family for sharing!

Markos Gotcha Video from Kristin on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Finally able to post some about our trip!!!
























Bethzatha Orphanage (Seble spent 2 days here)

















Ethiopian Cultural Dinner Night
(Jeff & Melissa Rapp; Adam, Amber & Jacob Stutzman)









Sefer Genet Gabriel Church in Kolfe Sub-City
(Where Seble was found under a fence by police)













Fence heading into Sefer Genet Gabriel Church










Our Beautiful Baby Blue Bathroom @ the Riviera Hotel
(Notice the shower WITHOUT a shower curtain-fun)














Our room @ the Riviera Hotel-Room #407 (Very Nice)















































We visited while in Ethiopia.
A must see documentary - "A Walk to Beautiful"















Painted on a wall at Hannah's Hope!





















Our Baby Girls bed!

Talk about laundry.
Other half is hanging on the other side of the building.






































Wish we could share more!















Grinding down coffee beans into powder





Coffee powder is poured into the coffee pot, water is added and mixed until hot.























Coffee Ceremony at Driver Soloman's House












Driver Soloman's Family (Left to Right)
Adam, Amber, Leul (13), Ambet, Soloman, Degen (8), Jacob (12)




























Boys that helped us find the Church Seble was found.














































Bus Depot for out of City transport -
notice people sleeping along the curb in the middle of the street.















Girl outside our Hotel. Day we arrived, she had not eaten for 16 days.
Group before us along with Driver Wass, got her to finally accept
a blanket, water and some food.






























Ok I am finally getting this out-I posted it on facebook last week from Addis because we didn't have access to our blog from Africa- with trying to get over jetlag, Thanksgiving coming, arriving home to kids with the stomach flu and working my 12 hour shift yesterday-I am just now sitting down to post this as I wait for the "Tur-Duc-hen" which my sister surprised us and made for our Thanksgiving dinner this year to finish cooking..... :-) (If you haven't heard of it-which I hadn't-it is a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a hen!!-oh with stuffing also)....WOW!
Ok, so here is a recap of our trip if you haven't read it-I will try and add more later.......but thought you would also like to see some pictures....it was an amazing week!
This is what I sent out to family and friends this week and I will try and post more soon-but wanted to at least get this on here while I can as we couldn't access our blog this whole week-we fly from Dulles to home tonight-a shower and bed are what I want after kissing all my kids!!!
Ok-so here is a long but good update: Hi everyone-wanted to let you know that we went to court today, saw the judge and her last words after all her questions were: "Seble is yours!" Those were the best words ever!!!! It is amazing! We can now officially say we are the parents of SIX! Geesh that sounds crazy :-)Her...e are a couple pictures for you (remember to still not post them on blogs/facebook-we can't until we get her home in about a month)
Also, wanted to let you all know about a change that we have decided on since we got here and saw her and spent time with her-as you know, we have always called her Abigail with the total intention of giving her that name, however the orphanage and EVERY single update/picture etc. that we have gotten over the months has always had the name that the police gave her and that is "Seble"....
So, after getting here, spending time with her and seeing all the special mothers care for her at the orphanage Hannah's Hope, we can't name her Abigail, she is SEBLE and it is TOTALLY her-she just isn't an abigail! So, sorry to confuse you all, but we are gonna give her the name Seble Alaine. You say it like (Seb-lah). She is totally precious and we feel that God gave her that name-so we want to stick with it as it is just her and who she is and will keep her Ethiopian heritage.
Jake has been great on the trip-he has been a joy to be with, pleasant and helpful and LOVES the orphanage kids and Seble-he is begging to stay here until we come back to pick her up!
:-) He has hardly complained at all-we all know this will prob. change when he gets home with his siblings, but he has been a true gentleman!
We are head over heels in love and although we had to say goodbye today, we know she is in EXCELLENT hands and hope to come back to go to our embassy apt. in about a month. Pray that the paperwork goes fast and smoothly and that no investigation (which the US Embassy can request on any adoption if they want)doesn't happen.Pray too that she stays healthy.
People have asked how the trip is going-so I am gonna tell you some of the highlights-warning this is long :-)
We have seen much of the city and tomorrow we are going to go to the church that she was found at-which will be neat. We have visited the two government orphanages that she was at (one for 2 weeks, one for 2 days) before she got to Hannah's Hope...(more on this later). We have went to a Ethiopia curltural dinner and dancing show and to an Italian resturant (weird in Africa), we have been spending with the other adoptive families here-mostly one the Rapps, and now since last night another one the Burlieghs arrived. They are amazing people-and we got to see at the beginning of the week 4 families who were here to pick up their kids and get to know them some-I am in love with adoptive families-and have loved each one-they were so neat to talk to and spend time with!!! :-)
The poverty here is unbelievable-there are simply not words to describe it. People are EVERYWHERE! They lay in street, sleep all over streets, make cardboard and metal "houses", urinate in street, garbage everywhere...there is no hope basically is what keeps going through my mind-unless they come to know the one who gave them life-that would be the only way someone could sustain themselves here is to hope in Him....otherwise, there is nothing. We were privalleged to go with a taxi driver named Solomon (i included a pict of his family with us)that several of the other adoptive families used and after taking us around to see some stuff of Addis, he asked us to come see where he lives, meet his family and do a traditional coffee ceremony for us....we went and what we saw changed our hearts, our lives-there is no way else to say it.
We walked into this huge made up area of mud, cardboard, and stucko type walls, with some metal sheet metal where made into make shift houses-aobut 11 families lived in this ONE area-each "house" had two small rooms-about 12x7 and when I say rooms-even though having not seen it, it is impossible to describe-but stucko, metal, mud walls, with holes and a wire taped to the ceiling with ONE light for the two rooms. Concrete floors, no sink, no bathroom, no toilet, no shower, no heat(and yes, it gets cold here at night)! We stepped into the first out of the two rooms that made up his "house" and there was an old small couch, a wood chair and a tiny tv and small fridge, in the room behind it was where his wife and him slept on one side and he had makeshift metal bunkbeds on the other side where his two boys 13 and 8 slept.It was one of the sadest things I have ever seen and I really felt guilty-why was I born in America and why was he here, why do I complain and he doesn't AT ALL and just has this was what was going through my mind.each family has to pay a huge sum of rent each month-outrageous-which the landlord continues to raise-so basically they are paying to live in a garbage dump-and even though Solomon is "working class" this is how he has to live because its all they can afford.
His family was so beautiful! He is so giving. He went and walked down the street and got us each a bottle of water each (which was probably worth several days wages) and his wife performed the traditional coffee ceremony(roasting whole coffee beans, crushing them up with a bowl and rod and boiling them)this alone probably cost everything he had for the month-that is how special it is to them and they only do in on special occassions.
So basically he gave us EVERYTHING he had, everything he could offer. They had nothing-nothing and yet they gave all they had.
When he steped into show us where they slept, he put his hands in the air and said, "thanks be to God for all this." This is when I lost it-my eyes welled up and I couldn't believe how spoiled and selfish we as American's including myself are. He was genuinelly SO proud of his home and SO thankful to the God that had "blessed him so".
He told another member of our group that he was so proud that his sons were in school and even though he has to pay $25 a month(which is like SO much money there) he said, they go hungry if they have to, so that the boys can go to school-if they can't eat including the boys, education comes first.
That family gave one of the boys a soccer ball and he was over the moon excited-he slept with in in his arms by his head all night. The boys were in clothes worn through with holes and his wife had just gotten really sick and had to go to the hospital-so, get this, there is no insurance here, and if you can't pay before being treated, you don't get treated at all! But he said, "she is my life, she is everything to me". He loved her so much and her and the boys were so kind, well mannered and amazing people with great hearts.
The other couple that was here went and bought them a pizza...they were so thrilled as they had NEVER had pizza before (can you even imagine this as an American citizen)? But, they don't keep things for themselves, this culture is more sharing than we tend to be, so what did he do, he shared it with the other 11 families that live hooked to his walls by another of the same mud-like compound that is hooked together by stucko!
His wife is in school-but get this, you have to attend 4 years of college to become a hotel receptionist! That is what she is doing and has one year left. He drives a taxi, but doesn't own the car and has to pay to use it! To buy a TINY car in Addis is around $30,000-40,000 US dollars! Because the government takes several thousand on taxes-they basically don't want people to own cars so no one can afford to buy them.
People here make about $1-$2 PER DAY working from everything to loading rock from sun up to sun down to driving a taxi to our orphanage workers....it is incredible!
As we left their "house" kids and people were milling around in the dirt all over the crowded compound-and they were smiling and the little kids broke our hearts....it was all so overwhelming and I just couldn't shake the fact that they have absolutly NOTHING and are so happy and thankful-smiling, and yet, look what we have-everthing to be comfortable-and we still are not happy, always wanting more as Americans-it is so hard and sad and I know that if each person went to his house for that coffee ceremony and saw what we saw, the world would be SO differetn!
Why can't we get less and give more-I will never forget this experience my heart is different and although it is a long email, I had to share it. Solomon said that he would love to get his kids a pair of tennis shoes-this is his wish! Tennis shoes-like the 2-5 pair that many of us have sitting in our closets and never wear-HIS WISH -how can this be?! We were so blown away. Another family that used him has decided along with us to try and help this family-he is so kind, loving and has such a precious family and although- yes we can't "save" Ethiopia-we can save this family!
We have met some amazing people this week-Ethiopians to other adoptive families and what an amazing trip it has been....we have been challenged, strengthened, and brought to our knees with what we have seen and done-and we are better because of it!!
Ok-a couple more things-we went to the orphanage yesterday that Seble spent the first 2 weeks of her life in. The other adoptive mom and me left crying-it was horrible, there were only 2 women caring for about 17 babies-some 2 to a small metal crib-they looked at us with these eyes that were so hopefull-but we couldn't pick them up-we walked by and talked to them and they would smile, but the older kids wouldn't smile, they just laid there in their cribs, and stared because they knew that they wouldn't be picked up. They said that they don't hold the babies, they just prop up a bottle or maybe hold them to feed them quickly, and change them but that is it! The smell was horrid and there were babies that were soaked up to their waist in urine and who knows what, had spit up on themselves and were just crying for love, some would reach their hands up to us-it killed us as parents to just look at them crying for comfot and to walk away just like the orphanage workers did-how can that be, they just want comfort and love, why is this the reality!? why can't they have someone to call their own and someone to give them that comfort to be their mom and dad....my daughter was in there and was there for 2 weeks in those horrid conditions-that breaks my heart-why did she get picked and those others stayed?
I broke when I saw this-this dark dingy room where Seble had spent her first 2 weeks-barley hanging on-and I realized when we got back to Hannah's Hope (our orphanage) that she wouldn't have survived, if she haden't been taken by God's grace there. In fact one of the workers at HH told me that she was under a heat lamp and fed by syringe because she was so sick, dehydrated and tiny. The orphanage director, Almaz at HH told me that the government orphanage called and wanted them to take her to get medical help and when she went to get her, they decided just to bring her to HH because they have access to a pediatrician and they told our orphanage director, "we don't know if she is gonna make it". WOW that is the grace of God right there-to bring her from 2 different government orphanages across town, to Hannah's Hope and she was literally saved! after seeing that awlful orphanage that the government runs, I honestly don't think she would have-and it hurts to think about this as a mom-like what if this was one of your kids....and yet millions are living in orphanages like this across the globe. It isn't right!
I look at her now and know that God has a purpose for her little life and I don't know why she was picked and not some of the other suffering babies, but she was and I am so thankful and blessed!I can see even more that He ordained this whole story from the beginning and worked miracle after miracle to bring her to us-it is almost too much to understand-but I can't imagine having anyone else-she is perfect for us! it is like she was always meant to come to our family!We thought we had to say goodbye today, but they said we can stop by really quick tomorrow for a quick goodbye! The mother's at HH are outstanding-yesterday when we were there one started crying then the other one -who both are Sebel's main caregivers....they will miss her so much and it was heartbreaking, then of course :-) Adam started crying and then me-it was like a major cry room! But it is sad that we are taking her away from them-they care for them for months and then they leave to repeat the process over. After going there though I can say that the money we paid for the "orphanage care" is SO well worth it-they get baths everyday, get fed and sleep on schedules that they keep on a sheet, get diaper cream on their butts at each changing and lotion all over their bodies! They get loved and talked to constantly and you can see how much those babies love their special mothers....they are amazing women and we are so greatful-if they weren't I don't know if I could leave. Seble's main one is named Sarah and she is so attached to her and vise versa-she has a nick name for Seble and it is "Sebleena"...it has stuck and now we find ourselves calling her that sometimes! :-)
Ok-getting late here-we fly home tomorrow night to Dulles then on to Portland-pray for safe flights! Can't wait to show you more pictures of Seble! Love ya all-amber
PS-so after telling adam over and over again that he wouldn't be able to stay home for the 2nd trip when we pick her up in a few weeks-and him saying over and over that yes, he wanted to stay home, and arguing about it because I KNEW he couldn't stand not going back to pick her up, but he was too worried that if something happened to both of us-we had 5 kids back at home...etc....so today he says, "I just have to go, I can't handle not coming back here and bringing her home!" So we have decided that we will go home and look at money and try and figure out if there is ANY way that he can come back with me on the 2nd trip-along with my mom who has recovered from her 1st surgery by the way-a lumpectory amd lymph node removal, and on a side note-they didn't quite get all of the tumor and even though it is VERY small and VERY early, she is going back in for surgery late this afternoon to take a little more out-but her lymph nodes were clear praise God....so after this 2nd surgery (pray for her tonight), she will recover, which went very quickly last time and go with me to Africa (along with maybe adam) :-) and then come back and start 6 weeks of radiation.....ok, anyway, enough this is like a book-but it is the first real time I have had to sit down and write!!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

WE ARE OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Weighing EACH piece of luggage!!!



Tonight while you sleep, we will be getting up and heading to the airport in Portland to fly out to DC and then on to Addis Ababa to meet our daughter and see the beautiful country that she is from. Here are the things we will be doing.....
*Nov. 12th-fly from PDX to Dulles, get to our hotel and then hopefully in the evening go see some of the things in DC-monuments mostly.

*Nov. 13th-spend the day in DC going to the monuments, Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Museum and Ford's Theater, etc.....

*Nov. 14th-Go to Arlington cemetery, drive through Georgetown, head back to Dulles and fly out in the evening
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*Nov. 15th-arrive in Ethiopia-Bole Airport in the evening....(remember that Ethiopia time is 11 hours different from here-pacific time-So when you all go to bed, we will just be waking up for the morning ahead of you.)
We will check into our hotel after meeting our driver from the orphanage. We will stay at The Riviera Hotel Here is the link http://rivieraaddis.com/

*Nov 16th-we will be touring the Fistula Hospital in the morning.
http://www.fistulafoundation.org/hospital/ which we are VERY excited about!! It is world famous for helping the women in Africa and is featured in the DVD Documentary "Walk To Beautiful" (if you haven't see it-you gotta! It is a newer movie-but the library has it) http://www.walktobeautiful.com/
We will then hire a driver and go see some of the old churches, museums and historical sites in Ethiopia. We will also hope to see the church that Abby was taken to....which will be very emotional but very special too. It may take a few trips to see all this-and one of the days we are there, we also want to go here and climb to the top of Mount Entoto for what we hear is an amazing view! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Entoto
There is a chance that we will get to meet Abby on the 16th-but it will probably be the next day.

*Nov. 17th-MEET ABBY day (we think) (so this will be when you go to bed on the 16th.) They have arranged for us to spend a few hours a day at Hannah's Hope the orphanage and see the kids and spend time with our baby!

*18th-orphanage and seeing sights.....one of the days, we will go shopping for the afternoon and go to lunch at an Italian restaurant! There they have lots of art that is locally painted and we plan to get one to hang in our house and then give to Abigail when she marries. They will also take us to an Ethiopian Dinner and Dance show with traditional music, dancing and food of Ethiopia one of the nights.
We will also be going to the Korah Dump at some point during our trip (this is the dump of Addis Ababa where thousands of adults and children LIVE and call their home). We will meet the people that run Project 61 http://www.p61.org/ who work to get kids sponsored for only $700 a YEAR (which takes them OUT of the dump, sends them away to school, gives them hygiene items, food, clothing AND school supplies)! This is an amazing program and we are excited to see what it is all about and hopefully sponsor a child when we get back!
We may also have the opportunity to go and visit Bethfasa orphanage where Abby spent 2-1/2 weeks of her life before coming to Hannah's Hope. It will be very sad as it is a government run orphanage and the care isn't what it is like at Hannah's Hope but it is important to see and be able to tell her about. There are SO many kids here and just not enough care.
Ok-back to what dates we DO know:
*Nov 19th-We will appear in court to say YES we want Abby for our daughter!!!!

*Nov. 20th-fly out in the evening.....

*Nov. 21st-land in Dulles and spend a few hours again in DC, fly out to PDX and arrive home that night.......
and we hope get the news after we get back that week as to when we can go back, have our Embassy Apt. and bring Abigail home!
We are doing well-pray for us for peace and safety and the emotional stability to be able to leave her there! Also please pray for our kids as they stay here with Adam's mom that they have a good time, stay healthy and safe! Oh and pray for Adam's mom with 4 kids in tow! :-)
Thanks for all the love and support you have all shown! We so much appreciate your prayers and support! See you in several days!

PS-Adam pulled through and got everything done and ready to go-and he PLANS on getting on that plane!!! Love ya all!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The difference of Packing between Men & Women........

THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING FOR SEVERAL DAYS....................

PACKING LIKE A CRAZED WOMEN!
















THIS IS WHAT MY WONDERFUL HUSBAND WAS CAUGHT DOING TODAY..........MEN!!!! :-) GOTTA LOVE EM! He is scared to get on that plane, so he is in DENIAL!!!!!! 4-1/2 days to go!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!

Two more video's about orphans and how the church can help

Ecclesiastes 11:4-5 If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. God’s ways are as hard to discern as the pathways of the wind, and as mysterious as a tiny baby being formed in a mother’s womb.





Please take time to watch this in honor of Orphan Sunday!!!!

http://premiere.flannel.org/?channelId=a8408281aff44e22bc99e83724d02bac&channelListId&mediaId=e8730f46ccc547f593ece121e2e3ca6e

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Football season is over!!





































Zach & Noah had their last game of the season today and they got to play at OSU Reser Stadium-which they thought was really cool!!








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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