"May the God of hope fill you with great joy and peace as you trust in him." Romans 15:13

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Officially on Wait List

We have officially earned a spot on the toddler boy wait list at IAN! We are number: 3.

Before our case worker gave me our number she said, "It will not be a long wait." What does that mean? Only God knows for sure, but I am excited and relieved.
I also have to confess that I am so happy that there is a wait list. The first time I called IAN, our placement agency, they asked what age and gender child we were thinking about adopting. I replied that we were fairly open to a variety of things, but that I felt like there was a 3 yr old little boy in Ethiopia that needed our family. The case worker then told me that she had the files of two little boys who fit my description on her desk, and that she did not have families to refer them to. While hearing that news was a part of the confirmation I needed that God was indeed calling us on this journey, I hoped and prayed neither of those boys was our son. I did not want our son to have to wait that long for me to come for him. I could not stand the idea of him waiting in an orphanage while I sifted through paperwork. So I am thrilled to report that we will have to wait for a referral. I can wait, be it short or long. I am warm, well-fed, safe and loved. I do not know what Joshua's circumstances are, but I have been praying that Joshua's wait at the orphanage for us is brief.
What does happen next?
  • We wait to receive a referral. A referral will be a picture of the child along with the medical and social information they have gathered about him. It will be brief.
  • Once we choose to accept a referral a court date will be scheduled in Ethiopia. The date will be about 2 months after the date we accept the referral. I have been told that families pass court the first try about 50% of the time. When we pass court, Chad and I will legally be Joshua's parents in the eyes of Ethiopia.
  • We will travel to bring Joshua home 6 to 8 weeks after we pass court. A date is schedules at the US Embassy to receive his travel documents. It takes 6 to 8 weeks to get all the documentation in order to be able to bring him to the US. I have seen families travel more quickly that 6 weeks, but I was told today that in our case it will most likely be 6+ weeks.

We have quite a few hurdles to cross before we have Joshua home. There are sure to be challenges, but for today we will just celebrate being one step closer to our boy.

I have to share my new favorite Bible verse. I think it will make you smile too.

"Children are a gift from the Lord... how blessed is the man who has a quiver full of them." Psalms 127 3, 5a

I am not sure how many arrows a quiver holds, but I certainly feel blessed! Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday to Me

Yesterday was my birthday. Usually I am all about my birthday, we always joke that it is an undeclared national holiday. This year I was not in a birthdayish kind of mood. I was grouchy enough that the card my daughter made for me referred to the fact that my family loves me even when I am crabby! (Maybe my bad attitude was why Krissy and Jay could not be convinced to join the rest of us in my birthday photo. I really do have 4 kids!)

There were several things that made my day extra special though:
  1. Two of my favorite little girls in the whole world, Ellie and Abby, called to sing Happy Birthday to me! Never underestimate how special simple little things can be. Their song was a treasure.
  2. My parents and Chad's mom came over supper. As always, I rwas given very thoughtful gifts.
  3. I received our home study in the mail, rushed to the Secretary of State's office to have some documents certified, and drug Chad to have his photos taken for the dossier.

All so that I finally was able to stop here:

to mail our completed paperwork to our agency!
The paperwork is scheduled to reach their office before noon tomorrow, so with any luck we will officially be a waiting family before the end of 2009!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Weather in Ethiopia

A few weeks a friend suggested I post something on the climate in Ethiopia. It has taken me a while to get to it, but here is what I have learned.

Although Ethiopia is in the tropics, just north of the equator, its high altitude keeps the temperatures relatively cool. The temperatures vary with altitude. In the highest mountains, known as the dega or cool zone by Ethiopians, daytime temperatures range from freezing to 60 degrees F in the hot months. The temperate or weina dega zone has temperatures from 60 to 86 degrees F during the day and a sweater is needed at night. The kolla zone, which lies below 5000 feet in the desserts and at the bottom of big river gorges, has daytime temperatures that average 80 degrees F.

Ethiopia has a rainy season, they call the rains kremt. Kremt begins at the end of June and end in September. The rains are a vital planting time for the Ethiopians. They are a time of concern for adopting parents because the courts close during the rains. I have been told that the electricity is so unreliable during this time that they just close the courts. No one wants to receive a referral and then have their case put on hold when the courts are closed.

There is often a short rain, called belg, about Easter when another planting may be possible. The southern part of the country is influenced by monsoons blowing in from the Indian Ocean.

So although Ethiopia is cooler than one may guess for the tropical spot it holds on the map, it is warm compared to our current weather!

Weather has been the major topic of the weekend. With the blizzard that blew through here, Chad has been moving snow like crazy. (Our business does snow removal along with commercial general contracting and earthwork.) He has only slept about 10 hours since we got home from Christmas. Our kids had a blast playing outside this afternoon while I shoveled away. Don't you miss the day when snow was fun instead of work?

It will be fun to see how Joshua reacts to snow next winter. Sierra has always loved to play in the snow, while Krissy does not. The first time I brought her out in the snow as a toddler, she stood in one place and cried! She still is grumpy the first morning she wakes up to snow. So he will be in good company no matter how he feels about the cold white stuff.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas 2009

Chad's sister and hubby-to-be surprised us with this Bible. Half of each page is written an Amharic, the other half is in English. Amharic is written in a Ge'ez script known as Fidel. I just learned that there is no standard way to translate Amharic into the Latin (our) alphabet, thus the words I find spelled differently by different sources. The script is beautiful; and although I will most likely never be able to read it, I love being able to see it! It was such a cool surprise!

Some of Chad's family members enjoying Christmas eve dinner.

Brenna showing off the pretty hair-do Auntie Teresa and Krissy gave her.

Joshua's first Christmas gift. Grammy brought it for him, because she is so sweet and because all little boys love big trucks! Cousin Addi reminded us that little girls like then too! I can not wait until they can play with it together.

Riley was too tired to care when the girls put reindeer antlers on him!

Jamison showing off his Colt's Coke can from Santa. (Jay is a major Colt's fan.) Also notice his hat - Teresa and Jeremy found it for him - it has the Ethiopian flag in the brim.

Sierra is showing you the CPK Santa left her. It is so cute and smells so good!

Grandpa Scott bought a wii for Grandma Donna. The kids and dad's had the most fun so far. Krissy is still sore from boxing. Even the youngest kids had fun with bowling and frisbee.

My Grandma - who turns 75 today- made each of the kids a beautiful quilt. Jamison's is all denim, very masculine and truly heavy. Sierra's is all greens, her favorite color. Krissy's is all flannel and oh-so-soft. Brenna's is pink, is there anything better than pink? We all love to fix beds at Grandma Great's house because then we can admire the pretty quilts she has on each one. The kids were all truly thrilled to receive a quilt of their own.

Thank you Grandma!

Happy Birthday! We love you and hope to see you soon!

Chad and I, Sierra insisted we have a photo taken too.
We had a very nice Christmas! We enjoyed time with most of our family members, more food than anyone should enjoy in a weekend, and warm shelter from the storm outside. We are certainly blessed.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas in Ethiopia

We had a wonderful and VERY snowy Christmas. I will post some pictures in the next day or so.
But first I wanted to share what I have learned about how Christmas is celebrated in Ethiopia.

Because Ethiopia uses the old Julian calendar, Christmas takes place on January 7th. The Amharic word for Christmas is Ganna. (I have found it spelled both genna and ganna, not sure what is corect.) Ethiopians fast (eat nothing) on Christmas Eve. At dawn on the morning of Ganna the people dress in white. Most people wear the traditional shamma. That is a white,cotton, toga-like robe that has bright colored stripes across the bottom. In urban areas some people dress in white western clothing. Mass begins at 4AM!

Modern churches are built in three circles, each within the other. (Houses are often circular as well, made of mud-plastered walls and a cone-shaped thatched roof.) The choir sings in the outer circle. Everyone who goes to mass receives a candle. The people walk around the church solemnly three times, holding their candles. They then go to the second circle where they stand, men and boys separate from women and girls, during the service. The service will last up to four hours. The center circle of the church is considered the most holy place. It is reserved for the priests and is where holy communion is served.

It is believed that one of the wise men, King Balthazar, was an Ethiopian. He brought frankincense to baby Jesus.

After church, people return home to break their fast. The people will commonly eat injera (their sour dough flat bread made of teff flour), wat (a spicy stew that contains meat, vegetables, and sometimes eggs), and ganna dabo (a Christmas bread). The meal itself is very festive. Many people give up meat for 40 days before Ganna - so eating a meaty stew is especially wonderful!

Gifts are not typical. However if children receive gifts, they are given clothing.

Christmas is a day for faith, family, feasting and games! Ethiopian men and boys gather to play a game that is much like field hockey. It is called ganna (yep same word they use for Christmas). The game is played with a curved stick and a round wooden ball. Competing villages have been known to play for several days and the rivalry can be fierce! According to tradition, the shepherds celebrated when they heard of Jesus' birth by playing a similar game. The picture at the top of this post is of the game ganna being played.

I hope you found that is interesting as I did. Malkam Ganna! Merry Christmas in Amharic.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Dog's Life

Ever been jealous of a dog?

I was today! Why? Because while I have spent the last 2 days frantically unpacking, washing, folding, and putting away 20+ loads of laundry, cleaning 4 bathrooms, scrubbing, vacuuming, changing bedding, catching up at the office, buying groceries, cooking, wrapping gifts, setting up my basement to seat 22 for dinner tomorrow, etc... my dog slept!

Riley got to stay at Grammy's house while we were in Florida. He came home as tired as the rest of us. He truly slept all day, he did not even eat or drink until 6:30 this evening. Oh, to be a dog!

But I am now officially ready for Christmas! We will host Chad's extended family for Christmas Eve. Getting ready was hard with the trip and all, but I love to have them and I am really looking forward to the day.

When our house clears out we will go to my parent's home for our annual sleep-over. We live in the same town as my parents but we still sleep there every Christmas Eve. Even as a grown-up I love being able to "go home" for Christmas. I love waking up in my childhood bedroom, having coffee with my parents in my pj's, and together watching the kids open their stockings. I love the the way my mom has combined so many traditions from my dad's side of the family, her own side of the family, and some new one's that are purely our own to make a day we look forward to all year. I cherish the security of the love that we share. I am so blessed.

I did not get Christmas cards sent this year. I may just surprise you on Valentine's Day or something. However, we do wish you the merriest of Christmases. May "peace on Earth and goodwill toward men" reign in your hearts and homes. May you truly know the love and acceptance of the Savior whose birth we celebrate. We love you!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Trip to Disney World 2009

We had a wonderful trip to Disney World. It is the trip our children asked for and I am humbled and thankful that we were able to make their wish a reality. I could tell you so many things, but instead enjoy a few photos of our family exploring together. We had a blast on the rides. We all love rides and are fairly fearless, so we enjoyed as many as possible. Our favorites were Expedition Everest and Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom; Soarin' and Test Track at Epcot; and Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios. It was way too crowded to enjoy Magic Kingdom, so no favorites there. We also enjoyed some fun shows and some amazing food. (The food was a wonderful surprise to me. I was afraid I would have to eat fries and burgers all week, YUCK!)
Anyway, we have lots of stories to tell anyone who asks!
Chad and I are love rides, but we are not big on crowds so it was a stretch for us. We kept telling the kids to enjoy because we would not promise to come back. (We do want to take them on more vacations. D.C. is next on my list. But the Disnay Dream may just happen once.) They kept reminding us that we would need to bring Joshua some day. They talk about him all the time. Even in the midst of the fun and excitement of this vacation, they each made comments like, "Next time we come we will have a party of 7" or "Mom, don't you think Joshua would like this?" When we texted a picture to our extended family, my niece wanted to know where Joshua was in the picture. (She knows we will go in a trip to bring him home, and assumed that since we were on a trip we must be getting Joshua.) It astonishes me to think what a part of our family he already is!
I did recieve an emailed copy of our home study today. IAN has approved it, but Lindsey wanted me to make sure everything looked good before she sent out the notorized copy. Maybe by the end of next week we will have everything submitted?!
I had a super time spoiling my kids in Florida, but I can honestly say I have never been so happy to be HOME! Home just in time for Christmas, it doesn't get much better than that!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

We're Leavin' On A Jet Plane

Ever tried to pack a suitcase too full? You need to fold and refold, get someone to sit on it while you zip and still the things are sticking out the zipper. You finally get it zipped only to realize you forgot just one important thing? That has been our last 4 days! Too full!

We have packed in the company Christmas Party, a night we both look forward to all year, a full week's work (in 2 days), and packing up a family of 6. What is all the rush about? Magic Kingdom!

Last November we told our kids that we would take them anywhere in the continental US they chose as a Christmas gift this year. Outside of camping in the state, we have never taken the kids on a vacation. We were pushing for a secluded cabin in the mountains with a great fireplace, sledding, and snowmobiles. BUT they chose the vacation of every American child's dreams, Magic Kingdom! So we have been planning and saving ever since, and tomorrow is the day we fly away!

It is always challenging to leave our business. The iming of the trip turned out to be not so good despite our careful planning and rescheduling it once, for a little while we thought Chad would have to stay home. But our amazing guys have stepped up tothe challenge and we are all going! Chad is a bit burned out and plans to leave his cell phone and computer at home. What a treat for all of us! I am so excited for the kids to see their totally relaxed Dad play with them at Disney World. We will have my cell if you need anything, but we will not blog, email, or call otherwise. (OK so Krissy will be texting continually) Chad and I are just going to pour out love, laughter, fun, and excitement onto our 4 amazing kidos.

We did not receive our home study this week, but I am totally OK with that. There is an amazing story about why things took a little longer than we expected and I am thrilled to wait. (The story has nothing to do with us, but it did bring a little girl home to a family for Christmas! Can you think of any better reason to wait?) I am hoping it will be with our mail when we return and we can have things submitted by my birthday. Time will tell! Regardless it will be an amazing next year.

If you want a glimpse of what our trip to bring Joshua home may be like check out www.teamalexander.blogspot.com. They brought their 3 yr old son home about a month ago and the mom is now blogging about the experience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopioa day by day. Her post today talked about meeting their son for the first time. He was waiting for them, waiting for it to be HIS turn to meet and leave in the "beep, beep" with a family. Made me cry, especially the part about how the only sadness in the day was thinking about how much fun it would have been for her children at home to share the day with them. Major boo hoo there! Our entire family will not travel to receive Joshua either, but God willing we will all celebrate Christmas together next year.

I have packing to finish, kids to tuck in, and a house to clean! I will post lots of pictures of my beautiful smiling children and husband when we return!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Comfort From The Comforter

I sat down at my desk this morning and these are the words that greeted me from my daily calendar.

"For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones." Isaiah 49:13

God responds our prayers and reassures us in the most unexpected and awesome ways. A store bought calendar has a scripture that addresses the concern in my heart for our son in Ethiopia, coincidence? Not a chance! Thank you Father for speaking to me and for taking care of Joshua.

Krissy's EBay auctions closed today and she raised another $118.22! I would say Aunt Teresa's unused Christmas collectibles are being put to a much better use. Thanks again!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"not under my heart, but in it"

Off and on in my life I have heard the saying that an adopted child is not created under your heart but in it. I always thought, "oh that's a nice way to think of it" not with cynicism but not with any kind of understanding either. I am learning!

Chad and I had one of those perfect conversations last night. It was deep and real and beautiful. One of those rare moments when 2 people understand each other perfectly. We were discussing how our hearts have changed so dramatically. Four months ago we were blissfully enjoying life, with no thoughts of another child in sight. Now our hearts collectively ache for a son we are convinced we will raise. We talked about attachment and Chad echoed my heart when he said, "I am just not worried about loving our son. I feel like I love him already and I have not even seen his face. I can hardly wait to squeeze his cheeks and kiss his face."

How does that work? How is it even possible? When I was carrying our first four children it made more sense, they were physically a part of me. I could feel them kick and hiccup. I could watch us grow. This time it is my only heart that is growing, but it is much more mysterious and painful. Is Joshua OK? Is he hungry? Why will he need us? Oh his poor Ethiopian mother, what is happening in her life? I hope she knows how much we love her boy. I hope she senses that God has a plan for him, even in her darkest hour.

Some days I find myself thinking of him constantly. I will be driving across town and my eyes will fill with tears. That is not like me! At those moments I pray for him and his family without ceasing, and I wonder if they are in dire need of my prayers or if I am just losing it. I will probably never know. The last 2 days have felt like that, like God keeps whispering Joshua needs you to pray. So join me in praying for him, I may be losing it - but prayer is never wasted.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


While I was out chatting with some new friends last night, Chad was busy sheetrocking the closet in Sierra's new room. What a fun surprise to come home to!

What was I up to while Chad slaved away? I was having coffee with some new friends!

One of my lingering concerns in adopting a son from Ethiopia has been our ability or really lack of ability to provide Joshua with other Ethiopian(or even just black) friends and mentors. I find myself counting how many kids walk by my car at our Elementary school that are not white. How does it feel to be a minority in our community? I have NO experience with those feelings. I have always been able to blend-in physically to any crowd I have ever been a part of. I have been praying that God would connect our family to other families that can provide support and reassurance as we raise Joshua.

Last night God began answering that prayer. I was invited to have coffee with 5 other local mom's who have or are in the process of adopting children from Ethiopia. Between us we were able to list several other families with children who were born in Africa. I think the count we came up with was about 10. Now 10 does not sound like many, but it makes my heart happy to know that I will be able to arrange play dates for Joshua and myself with those 10 kidos. I will have other moms to talk to about all the special issues that may come up! We will not be alone, God is already providing support, advice, and direction from real live people in my community. Isn't he amazing?
We had our final home study meeting today. It was really just some follow up on things we have already covered. We discussed more about attachment and bi-racial parenting. Lindsey had a few questions that she wanted clarified about our childhood, finances, and our kids' likes/dislikes, how we are preparing them for Joshua's arrival. Nothing too earth shattering. She is planning to send the home study off to her mom/boss for review, and also to IAN (our adoption agency). Once everyone signs off on it, she will send us the final copy. Then we take that copy to the sec. of state to have it certified, send it along with all the rest of the documents we have gathered for our dossier to IAN, and THEN we are on the waiting list.
I would be thrilled if all that happened before we go on vacation next week, but it is unlikely. It may even be January before everything gets sent off because of our trip, Christmas, and the New Year's holidays. I am a little disappointed at that thought, but I am also OK. I know God has this timing all figured out. Our dossier will get there at the right time to be matched with the right little boy. I am only human and I get impatient sometimes, but I try to remind myself who is in control here. It is most definitely not ME! Here is the verse I and so many other adopting families rest in, "God sets the lonely into families." Psalm 68:6. God and God alone has this all figured out, my job is to trust and wait on him.

Monday, December 7, 2009

New Ethiopia Resources

Remember how I mentioned Chad will love eating and preparing Ethiopian food? This was the pile of peppers he cut up Saturday morning to put into his chili!

I also have discovered that I am appropriately named. The Ethiopian stew that is made for people who do not enjoy their food so fiery is called "alicha" (ah-lee-cha). Is that not too funny?!

Pictured above are my latest Ethiopian book purchases. I am so excited about them. There is a book for each age and reading level in my household. The "Tsion's Life" book is my favorite. It combines the story of a real 11 year old Ethiopian girl with some brief facts and statistics about Ethiopia. The pictures are beautiful and some Amharic works are even introduced. I found these books at http://www.amharickids.com/. They were a little pricey for this half.com book shopper, but they are beautiful!
Last update for today - Krissy already sold one of the items she listed yesterday and her dad let her have the money from the pop machine at work, so she made $65 today! She is having fun watching her auction items on EBay, more $$$ yet to come. Thanks Grammy and Teresa!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Krissy's Making Some Money

Krissy has been busy raising money to pay for her portion of the travel expenses to Ethiopia this weekend. I mentioned a while ago that Krissy really wanted to travel with me to bring Joshua home. Although we were very supportive of her joining me, we did not estimate her coming with in our adoption budget, so we need to raise the money for her travel expenses. Anyway, she has been a busy girl this weekend, working hard to pay her way.

Saturday she went to Chad's Aunt's house and helped with some cleaning and holiday decorating. She even wrapped a few gifts. Aunt Gale was so thoughtful! She contacted us last week with the offer to pay Krissy to help with some of these household items as a way to earn travel money. Krissy and I were both excited. She was able to raise some money and at the same time spend some one on one time with her Aunt.

Today she spent at her Grammy's house learning about EBay. Her very creative and giving Aunt Teresa donated some items that she is no longer using for Krissy to sell on EBay. (Do we not have the most amazing family!) Grammy is an EBay expert so she helped Krissy get all the items listed. Krissy helped Grammy figure out her new digital camera, so they both learned a lot today.

I am so thankful for the help and support of our family! I have put raising money for Krissy on the back burner for now. My brain has been full getting paperwork done, researching various adoption related items, preparing for Christmas, and working through some end of the year paperwork at work. We do have plenty of time to raise the money, but working on it a bit at a time makes it much easier. It also keeps it feeling real to Krissy. It is so exciting to see the total she needs to travel slowly get smaller!

I am hoping that the majority of her funds can be raised through a combination of donations and service related projects. I also plan to apply for some grants. Krissy is a great babysitter, cook, cleaner (just not her own room), lawn mower, house sitter, gift wrapper, birthday party helper, etc... If you could use an extra hand, let us know!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Trying Ethiopian Recipes

I love to host occasions, anything from birthdays to baby showers. I love to plan a menu whether simple or elaborate and try new things. Since deciding to adopt an Ethiopian child, I have been trying to learn about the things that culture likes to eat.

I have decided that Chad will be a much better Ethiopian eater and cook than I will be! Their food is known to be spicy with lots of onions (my least favorite food!), peppers, and other veggies. (I try but I am not too much of a veggie eater, especially the spicy ones like onions and peppers.)

Berbere (bar-bare-ree) is the most common cooking spice. According to my most recent reading, it is actually a combination of spices that begins with very hot red chili peppers. Up to 20 other spices are added to the mix. Spices like garlic, nutmeg, cardamom, cumin, etc are added as per the cooks special taste. Traditionally Ethiopian women go to market and choose exactly which spices they will use for there berbere. They dry the red chilis themselves and then grinds them along with all the other spices they have chosen with a mortar and pestle. It is very time consuming (seriously, can you imagine grinding spices by hand!) so they often make big quantities, like 15 pounds at a time.

Does making a special spice blend to match your taste not sound like my husband! He creates everything he cooks to taste, no recipes for my man. And spicy is his middle name. One year he made deer sausage so spicy the kids still argue when he mentions hunting for a doe. (The year after the too spicy sausage he had a buck tag. In order to get the kids to try deer sausage again, we convinced them that just does were spicy. It worked, but they prefer horned game now! Chad says it worked out quite well in the end, he would much rather hunt horned game anyway!)

Ethiopia was not introduced to sugar until 1934. They still much prefer spicy, salty snacks to sweet. The coffee ceremony is a very important part of entertaining. ( I will bore you with the details I have learned about that another time.) With coffee they serve spiced popcorn or little spicy crackers called kolo (koh-loh). I LOVE popcorn, so I tried a recipe I found for Ethiopian spiced popcorn tonight.

Want to try it?
To a big bowl of popped corn (I popped mine in oil, more authentic and I hate microwave popcorn) add:
2 T Melted Butter
1/2 tsp each of cayenne pepper and paprika
1/4 tsp each of cumin and garlic powder
Mix the spices into the melted butter and pour over the popped corn, salt to taste.

I thought it was pretty yummy!

Better watch out coming to eat at our house for a while. I have some bebere on order and I plan to keep experimenting. If you have Ethiopian recipes send them my way. I figure when kids are toddlers trying new foods can be pretty daunting. If we can make a few things that will not seem so foreign for Joshua, hopefully trying our family favorites will seem a little less weird. I may need some Tums though, even the recipe I found for eggs has jalapeno, garlic, ginger, cardamom, and onions in it! Yuck, I say - Chad just grins! He's going to enjoy this!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Jamison turned 12 today!
He brought donuts to his class, as a 6th grader it is probably the last time he will bring birthday treats to school! We took him to Texas Roadhous for supper for his favorite meal... steak. We bought him an IPOD nano. He is having a blast with it, especially making videos. I think he told me thank you 12 times. What a great kid!
His real party plans are to watch college football and eat chili and football munchies with his uncles Saturday night. (I think it may be the first kids' birthday party that the men in the family truly want to attend!) He is actually more of an NFL fan, but what fun is a party Sunday afternoon?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Crazy Coincidences

I as in a business meeting today. I was meeting with a 50ish, white, red-headed woman about investments. As part of the "pre-meeting small talk" our Ethiopian adoption came up. She responds, "I used to live in Ethiopia!" (Go figure?!?)

Her father was in the army, and when she was 12 they were stationed in Ethiopia. We spoke extremely briefly about her memories - both wishing for a lunch date to finish the conversation. She does not live here so unfortunately lunch won't happen.

Anyway, fast forward to the end of the meeting and she asks me, "Why Ethiopia?" I laughed and told her we really DO need a long lunch! I then responded that the short answer is after watching a video on Ethiopian adoption God just totally took over my heart. He really did not let me rest until I submitted to his will and we started filling out the paperwork to bring home "Joshua." She got really quiet for a minute and responded, "He must be a really special little boy."

Our thoughts exactly!