Saturday, September 26, 2009

Passing the time with music

My favorite band, NeedToBreathe, was in Chapel Hill Friday night, and Heather and I along with our friends Anthony and Stephanie went to see them. If you haven't checked out their music, give them a shot.


Saturday Surprise!

This morning my friend Jennifer and her daughter Isabelle showed up on our doorstep with a giant surprise.

They bought us this awesome stroller!

This sweet family has been a constant source of encouragement and support throughout this journey. We are so blessed by their friendship. Thank you for such an amazing, incredibly generous gift. Can't wait to meet you at the play place ;)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times...

Last night we got to visit with my old roommate Sarah and her husband Aaron. They fixed us a delicious meal, and we had a great time hanging out and catching up with them. They gave us TONS of cute things for our little one. We have been so blessed by their generosity and most of all by their friendship. Thanks guys! Can't wait to buy your future kids denim ;)

Last night we also got to meet the newest member of our small group.

Isn't she adorable? It's hard to believe that our little one in Ethiopia is about this size. They are only 15 days apart! So exciting!
Congratulations Andrew and Anna! She is just precious! I think I'll probably need to hold her A LOT in order to prepare for the days ahead. =)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sent with lots and lots of love...

We were able to send a little package to our cutie last week.

Wish we could have delivered it in person, but this will have to do for now.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pray the Bible

There is now an online edition of Matthew Henry's Method of Prayer, which helps you pray through the Bible. An awesome resource for your prayer time, especially if you're like me and often have trouble knowing exactly what to pray in different situations.

Check it out!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hannah's Hope

This is our son's temporary home. We are so thankful that he is now at Hannah's Hope, the place that many people have said is the best transition home in all of Ethiopia. Son, we can't wait to come get you, but until then, we will be grateful that God has placed you in a home where you are receiving loving care.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Best Yard Sale This Side of the Mississippi!

On Saturday, our friends and family had a huge yard sale/bake sale/cook-out to raise money for our adoption. We couldn't believe how many people donated things to sell and came out to support us. At the end of the day, the grand total was over $1500!!!
We had a great time! A big thank you to everyone who made it possible! We are so blessed to call you friends!!

They also had these awesome shirts made for us!

When they went to pick them up, both the artist who designed them and the owner of the print shop refused to take any money and said that it was their contribution to our adoption. Thank you K & K Stitch and Screen! We loved the shirts and we are so thankful for your generosity!

The Call

We have so much to blog about but first things's the story of the call.
It was Tuesday afternoon, and I was doing a homestudy visit (for those of you who don't know, I work for an adoption agency). I left my phone in the car because it had become too distracting, and I was trying to stop looking at it every 5 seconds, waiting for it to ring. So I was telling the family I was interviewing that we were waiting for our referral, and we were joking about how she was probably trying to call right then, and later I realized that she actually had called around that time. When I got in my car after the interview, I had a missed call from AGCI. I tried not to get my hopes up since I knew they would be calling with our updated numbers that week, but our case worker sounded very eager for me to call her back on the voicemail she left. I called her back right away and got her voicemail, so I called Brian and said that I had a missed call from AGCI and he said, this is it, we've got a referral! I started screaming, partly because I was excited and partly because I thought he had listened to the information without me but then he told me that our caseworker had called him and he told her that we could call her back when I was out of my meeting so that we could hear about him together. (Don't I have the most sweet and thoughtful husband!)Right then she beeped in, and we finally all three got on the phone and she told us the best news ever. We have a beautiful three week old son!!! We were in shock. Three weeks!!! We couldn't even believe it. While she was telling us about him, I started driving towards Brian's office (probably not the best idea to be driving at that point but I kept thinking that I had to get to Brian so that we could see his picture together). At the same time, Brian started driving towards me since he thought I was pulled off the side of the road, and after a while Brian finally interupts to ask where I am and we realize that we had passed each other. I was so excited that I wasn't even sure where I was. Look out NC drivers!! Brian finally tracked me down and we met in the parking lot of a random McDonald's to open the email and see our son for the first time.

It was all so surreal!! All that waiting and wondering, and then just like that, we get to see his face. We were on cloud nine. He is so, so precious. We simply can't wait to hold him in our arms! Thanks for all the congratulations and comments!! It's been so much fun to celebrate this miracle together! The Lord has done it again... He has blessed us even more than we could ever imagine.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What a beautiful day!!

We got the call!!!! A precious 3 week old baby boy. We are in awe of God's goodness.
More to come...