Our blog received a facelift.....

Same blog new look. Hope you like it. Let me know if you have trouble seeing or reading anything.

The colors I picked are the colors in the Ethiopian flag.


God is at work....

The purpose of this blog is to keep people updated on our adoption process and to show all of the mighty things that our God is doing. This is different than most of my post but I have to share what has been going on in our home.

We have a 2 and 3 yr old now and are very busy. Both are great kids and basically easy going. We have our days but I am pretty laid back so life with kids doesn't stress me too bad. Just recently our son was diagnosed with OCD. Initally, I took him to the Dr. for a facial tic and he sent us to a neurologist. He diagnosed him with OCD. The only area this effects daily is him going to sleep. Bedtime became a nightmare. He hated going to bed at night and we dreaded it too. He had to have everything in his room and routine perfect. We became very frustrated every night having no clue what to do. The neurologist gave us medicine to help him sleep which didn't help the problem but caused him to wake up in the middle of the night. We didn't feel like that was the answer. We really tried to fix everything on our own. With my background in child development I feel like I should be able to have the answers. I tried to do it own my own with changing his diet, taking away naps, ect. Nothing seemed to help. I was on my face before God praying for answers. Lots of friends and family were praying too.

One night Clay was painting Anslee's room and she had to sleep in Bowen's room. I thought it would be even more crazy. But this was God's answer. Bowen did great. He started loving his sister being in there with him and bedtime is much more peaceful. They are now sleeping together every night and Bowen is no longer struggling with his bedtime routine. Along with that we haven't seen his facial tic in about a week. We know that God is working everything out!!

My mom called this morning with a revelation from God. She said that satan was trying to attack our family and discourage us from adopting. Wow, I have so felt that lately. It seems like when you mention Bowen's problems, people always try to bring up the adoption stressing him or putting it off until we figure things out with him. We know that our God is so much bigger than satan and he cannot hold us back or discourage us!!!

God has called us to adopt and he is providing like crazy for us!! We have seen God work mightily in this process. This is a verse that always challenges me and I have seen the blessings poured on our family!! Test God in this and see what happens! This is the only place in the bible where God tells us to test him. Try it. Test him! He will bless you!!

Malachi 3:10 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.


Another request change....

In the past the Ethiopian gov't had the rule that your children and the adopted child had to be 2 years apart. Well, this rule has now changed. Now our agency only requires there be an 18 month difference. So now we are changing our request so that we are open to and approved for siblings 18 months and younger. We are told that this is rare and unlikely. Well, I did it!! Mine are 15 months apart. One of the many things we've learned through this process is that God is in control. Whatever child or children we get is exactly who he created for our family!

This means that when we are up for our referral (I am thinking in 4 or 5 months) we will get:
an infant boy, siblilings 18 months and younger or twins!!! You can read more here about us wanting two and the twin request change.

Jeremiah 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."


Three month wait and update!!

Waiting 3 months!!! How many to go? Oh I wish I knew!! Things seem to be moving a little more quickly but you never know. I am hoping we will get our referral this summer. What is a referral some may ask. Its starts with a phone call. A very exciting phone call from our agency stating this is your BIG call. They will tell you that you have been matched with a child and you should have pictures and info via email. You get to see your baby's face for the first time! We cannot wait for that! Just like when you are pregnant you day dream about what they will look like.

Right now I am in chapter 3 of the book "Red Letters" by Tom Davis. An amazing book!! A must read! I've learned a lot.
Did you know.....

That many believe Africa was the location of the Garden of Eden. What does that mean? Adam and Eve, remember the first people created. Our ancestors. Hmmmm....could we all be from Africa????

Africa is such a biblically significant and special place that many overlook. Remember Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus fleeing Herod and going to Africa. Remember Joseph being sold into slavery and taken to Egypt in Africa! Moses even married an Ethiopian woman.
I love learning new things and researching my next child's birthplace!
We have been seeing God work in BIG ways with us lately and I am so excited to share in the near future!

Happy #adoptionday2017