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Adoption FAQ #4: Now that you’re pregnant, why are you STILL adopting?

There is no doubt in my mind. God told us to adopt. We listened and answered this calling. Then, and only then, did we get pregnant. Yes, I feel like God waited for us to follow His calling before He blessed us with another pregnancy. Sorta like when He asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac and […]

Jonah Says…

Jonah:  “When does Ethiopia open in the morning? I’m ready to go get my baby.” Mommy: “Me too, buddy. Me too.” Unfortunately, our adoption journey has only begun. It will be a while. Plus, there’s this whole surprise pregnancy thing we’ve got going on. Yep, it will be a while, but the wait is so […]

Love Notes Shared Journal {DIY Valentine’s Gift}

When I was a little girl, my mom and I had a journal that we used to write notes back and forth. It was used during a difficult time for me as a child when I didn’t know how to express things that I was feeling about my parents’ divorce. The comfort of writing it […]

Life With A Zofran Pump During Pregnancy

For most women, there is an expectation that you will experience some morning sickness. However, for a percentage of women, they have morning sickness on steroids, also know as Hyperemsis Gravidarum, or HG for short. I’ve had extreme HG during both pregnancies. Between the two, I was hospitalized a total of seven times due to […]

Overwhelmed

Photo Credit: Ken Wilcox via Flickr Allow me to be honest for a moment… The financial part of adoption has me completely overwhelmed. It’s a crazy-big number with lots of zeroes.  And yet, I am confident that God will provide with His holy calling. But sometimes, deep down in my soul, I question where all […]

Adoption FAQ #3: Why Don’t You Just Foster Adopt?

When we talk about adopting, the conversation usually goes like this… “There are soooo many children that need families in America. Have you thought about Fostering-to-Adopt?” Then I have to decide which answer to give…Usually I go with the long answer, but wish I was brave enough to say the short. ________________________________________________________ Short Answer: There […]

The Kindness Of Friends

When I went to Relevant, I scrimped and saved to get there. Now,  I’m not usually much of a “girly-girl”, but I realized that I would be seeing my online friends in real-life for the first time. A sense of panic rose from somewhere deep inside and insecurity bubbled to the surface for various reasons. […]

Jonah says…

Mommy: “Jonah, do you want us to get a boy or a girl from Ethiopia?” Jonah: “I want a girl” Mommy: “I thought you said you wanted a brother? Did you change your mind?” Jonah: “Well…I want a boy AND a girl. We can get a whole bunch of babies, Mommy. That would be fun. […]

Adoption FAQ #2: Why Ethiopia?

Ah, this is a fun story…. When we submitted ourselves to God’s call to adopt, our next question was “Where, Lord? There are so many orphans. How can we possibly pick a country?” We asked Him to show us–close every door, except the one we’re supposed to go through. He did. If I’ve ever had […]

Adoption FAQ #1: Why Adopt?

A Little Background… Ray and I have always known that we would adopt at some point in our life together. It was a personal desire for both of us, before we even knew each other. When we talked about adopting, it was always in the “someday” category. We had our plan—have a couple kids naturally […]