Nov 30, 2011


soon we will be leaving for the airport!  Roads are nasty so we need to leave pretty soon.
Boy oh boy am I going to miss the babies staying home!
I can't believe that when we come home we will be coming home with THIS girl!!

We all keep mentioning how this is our last day of 'normal'.  Life will be so different starting next week!

Bring it on!

Nov 29, 2011

We are leaving!!


We just got the final word from our facilitators.  We are flying out tomorrow for Bulgaria!!  God is good.  Oh so good.  We are busy today getting everything ready for the people staying home.  Calling people with the news.  And PACKING.

Gergana, we are coming!!!

Nov 28, 2011

Adopt a Blind Child - Aiden's Blog

It's time for this baby to come home!  
Visit his blog to see pictures and movies of Aiden and to read first hand accounts about him!

Nov 27, 2011


noodle casserole
sermon online
snuggles with baby niece


cozy room
comfy bed

it's a good day.

Nov 25, 2011


James 1:22
"Do not merely Listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says."


"Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like."


"But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heared, but doing it-he will be blessed in what he does."


"If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless."


"Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

Nov 24, 2011

Focusing in

Sometimes when life spins out of control you need to focus in and enjoy the small things.

Our adoption has hit a climax.  We are waiting on one last piece of paperwork to be approved and then can go pick up Jordyn Gergana (age 9) from Bulgaria!  Life has picked up (high speed!) as we try to pack many things into a short amount of time.  To preserve my sanity, I am trying to take a step back and focus in on the things that make me smile, instead of all the unknowns.

Things like:
-This 5 year old girl.  Who has magically transformed from a toddler into a child.

-Leg warmers and cool nail polish in the middle of winter.

-This curly headed girl I get to babysit.

-Knowing that God has great plans for this boy who stole my heart.

-'Baby' pictures of Jordyn Gergana.

-Peanut butter and Jelly toasts. We're kind of addicted.

-This song.

Happy Thanksgiving to all you American's!

Nov 18, 2011

Creative? I think yes

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am not naturally creative.  But luckily for the kids I watch the Internet was invented.  Pinterest fills in the cracks around my uncreative mind.  So when I saw this the other day I loved it.  SO fun!! 

Glow sticks, meet the Bath tub.  Bath tub, meet the Glow sticks.

Add in a mirror?  And it doubles the fun.
This was a hit with Abby (age 5).  She loved it and had as much fun with it as I thought she would.
Go try it.  now.

*funny story.  Abby was splashing around in the water today.  I asked her what she was doing and she responded that she was pretending to be a beaver.  Canadian much?*

Nov 17, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for..

-Boxes of memories.

-Watching NCIS online.

-Old pictures long forgotten.

-Our overly loved cat.

-This girl.

-Sister kisses.

-The first Christmas present under the tree.


Nov 16, 2011

Cardboard boxes.

Note: I have had a few people wondering about the adorable little girl in my pictures.  No we have not added another child to our family.  I would take her in a heart beat but I don't think her parents would agree to that. :)  We have been watching C for a few months now while her mom works.  Mystery solved. 





Just waiting

To Be


Nov 14, 2011

Nov 9, 2011

Redeeming Aiden

Aiden.  My love.  It's his turn.  He has been waiting far to long to be claimed by a family.

The year 2011 is almost over.  Three of my babies have found families ("Melissa" and "Diana" are home and Alex has a family working hard to get to him.), Aiden and Baby girl Shannon still remain.  But now it's Aiden's turn.  He needs to be found.  And I believe that God can make that happen before the end of the year.

A few months ago Aiden was transferred from his baby home.  I was terrified for him.  He was so neglected at the baby home and I figured that being in an institution would be even worse. There is a missionary in his town right now that has been able to love on him a few times, and get pictures and movies of him for us.  Surprisingly he seems to be doing pretty good at his new place.  Granted it is not a family (not even close) but he seems to be healthy and is able to get around (definitely not the zoned out boy laying in a crib I had prepared myself for.).  He needs to get out of there though.  His 5th birthday is fast approaching and everyday his chances of finding a family are slimmer.   Not many people are willing to adopt a vision impaired 4 year old boy.  Vision impairments are a special need a family very rarely feels they can deal with.

“My friends, adoption is redemption. It’s costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed Him."
-Derek Loux

The above quote reminds me so much of Aiden's situation.   Redeeming his life is expensive and would be exhausting.  Teaching this boy how to love and trust would take a long time.  But it would be worth it.  Don't you think?  How can you say no to a child when God gave everything to redeem us? I don't know if you can.

Do you want to be apart of Redeeming Aiden?  Here is how you can help..

-Please, keep Aiden in your prayers.  Pray that a family will find him soon.  That his health would stay good.  And that his heart would be prepared for a family.  That he would hope and KNOW that there is something better out there for him, that he would fight for it.  Prayer WORKS and is the most important thing you can do for this little boy.  Print off his picture and hang it up in your house, or put it in your Bible.

-Share his picture.  Do you know anyone who has thought of adopting before?  Have YOU thought of adopting before?  Share his picture, pray about it.  Maybe one of your friends is his family.  Maybe you are his family.  Either way, whoever his family is can't go get him if they don't know who he is.  There is a facebook page (on the right of this blog) that you can share with your friends on facebook.  There are also all of Aiden's recent pictures uploaded there so go take a peek at how handsome this boy is.  I most say, he looks dashing in orange. ;)

-If you can spare a few dollars you can donate to his grant fund HERE. His grant fund is currently at $296.  I would love to see it get up to $500.  But please know, that money is not the most important thing here. Prayer is.  If you feel led to give, please do.  But I am not begging for your money.

"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you."
John 14:18

Nov 7, 2011

5 things

1. Older sister met baby niece for the first time today.  Today also happens to be baby Ava's 2 week birthday.  I can't believe it has been 2 weeks.  Time moves so quickly.

{pssst.  do you notice that lovely piece of jewelry on her finger???}

2. Little brother looks so cute reading on the couch.

3. Eddie is a year old today.

4. Our basement rec room has turned into a toy room.  I love it.  Toy vomit proves that little girls have been busy playing.  And there is nothing cuter and lovable then little girls playing.

5.  C's trademark face makes me laugh.  The one day when we took her to church she walked around showing everyone this face. "Hey, hey, this!"

Praying that this week will hold some adoption news for us.

photo challenge // black

Because his eyes are black, of course.

Nov 6, 2011

Want to win an iPad 2?

Today I want to share two giveaways with you.  Both are raising money for amazing causes.  Both are just $10 an entry.  Both have many items up for grabs ALONG with the Apple iPad 2.  what's not to love??

First up is the Shpak family:
The Shpak's are adopting a little girl with Down Syndrome from the same country we are adopting from.  The things is, their little girl is ALREADY living in a mental institute.  This could of been a very real reality for our girl if she had not gotten the needed surgeries when she was younger.  The Shpak's need to work quick to get their little girl out of there and home.  The problem?  They need $5,000 before they can submit their paperwork to this country.  The money is holding up the process and it break my heart.  So they are holding a giveaway to help raise the ransom for this sweet babe.  Go check it out, help bring an angel home, AND enter to win and iPad 2!!

Go here:

Next is sweet Francine:
Francine is a precious 5 year old girl in Eastern Europe.  She has CP and is running out of time at the baby home.  This girl is adorable.  Seriously.  She caught my eye when she was first listed on Reece's Rainbow and I was thrilled to find out she had found a warrior who is fighting hard for her.  There is a massive giveaway going on (with an iPad 2 up for grabs!!!!) and it ends at the end of the month!!

Check it out here:
And to see new updated pictures of Francine go here:

Just $10 and you can help redeem an orphan.

And did I mention you could win an iPad 2????????

Nov 4, 2011

In the snow.

It snowed last night.  It is freezing outside and winter is finally here.  
Makes me miss Africa a bit more then usual.

Anyway, these two just are not having a very good week.  I think Abigail is needing some space.  Should be a real shock for her when Gergana comes home and is here 24/7..sharing her room.  Oy. 

By this afternoon it was time to get rid of some pent up energy they were busy fighting off in the basement.  Snowsuits went on and mittens were found.  And it was an awesome hour out in the snow.  Above you will see their 'sledding hill'.  Umm, yeah.  That kept them entertained for a good 20 minutes.

When they are outside they play so well together.  They work together and have so much fun.  It is precious to watch.  They have even learned how to take turns.
(which is huge for my slightly spoiled baby sister.)

Goodness I love these girls.  For the very first time yesterday C exclaimed, "I Lub You!".  
Melt my heart.
And that girl is so photogenic, I could die.

By this evening I really am not minding it being winter.  I do believe it will be a good one.

Oh McKenna

Please would you say a prayer for this girl? 
Her story is heart breaking.  She needs a family so bad.  
She is waiting in Eastern Europe.


This girl was born in 2003 by a HIV positive mother. When she was born she was diagnosed as an HIV positive child of IV clinical stage. From the moment she was born she took anti HIV virus therapy.  At this time she has zero HIV virus loading (meaning that a normal blood test would not even detect the HIV virus in her body).

Till the age of seven McKenna lived with her mother and thus she has all skills of everyday life as any home child does.

At the age of seven McKenna's mother died. She was then placed in a specialized orphanage for children of special needs. No one in her community or any of her relatives expressed the desire to adopt her or take her under their custody.

It was hard time for McKenna. The period of adjusting to orphanage life took a long time. Currently she feels comfortable at the orphanage.  She is psychologically steady and has made a lot of friends among the children of the orphanage and school.

The girl is attending classes in second grade. Her teachers characterize her as a very diligent, attentive, hard working, and very creative girl.
From what the caregivers told she is a child with a big heart, caring, affectionate.  McKenna is very tactful and polite with the teachers and caregivers and friendly with the children.  She likes playing outside, watching TV, doing things with her own hands. She can spend hours embroidering and painting.  This girl is very homey. She really needs a family.  In September 2012 she will be to old for this orphanage and will be transferred to an orphanage for older children (ages 9 and up).  
Moving to the other orphanage can be a great stress for her and no doubts it is a risk for her health condition. Many times the needed medicine to keep the HIV virus level low in the blood stream are not available at the older child orphanages.  She really needs a family.

She is available to be adopted internationally.

McKenna is listed on Reece's Rainbow HERE.

What You Should Know About HIV

- HIV can NOT be spread through casual/household contact. HIV is not spread through hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toys, sneezing, coughing, sharing food, sharing drinks, bathing, swimming or any other casual way. It has been proven that HIV and AIDS can only be spread through sexual contact, birth, breastfeeding and intravenously (such as used needles).
- HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable disease. With treatment, people who are HIV+ can live indefinitely without developing AIDS and can live long and full lives.
- People who are HIV+ deserve to be treated with love, respect, support and acceptance as all people do. If anyone wants more info on transmission, there is great info on the Center for Disease Control website.

Nov 3, 2011

She is officially old

I have a sister.  Actually I have four, but the sister I am talking about is my only older sister.

She rocks.  I love her.  What else is there to say???

She is the peanut butter to my honey.
(and I love me some peanut butter and honey!)

After clearing security at the start of our journey to Africa.
3 months together in Africa?  memory making days.
and I still am pretty shocked we didn't kill each other.

She is my best friend.  And why yes, it is possible to be best friends with your sister.  
We even each other out.  She makes me get out and actually live life.   
I keep her from passionately jumping off a cliff.
We are complete opposites, but we just work.

And now, she is leaving me.  She is engaged!!

Joylynn and her fiance..  Cute much??

Last week she got engaged.  I am happy.  Very happy.  
The first thing I am going to do when she comes home Sunday is steal her ring, it is THAT cute.

My best officially OLD!!  She is getting married!!!

Joylynn:  I just don't have words to describe my love for you, beautiful girl.  My heart just rejoices with happiness whenever I think of you and the joy I feel brings tears to my eyes.  When I am apart from you I feel like I am suffocating in a lonely hole only you can fill.  I thank God for every moment I am with you.
Love, your dearest little sister forever.


I think all those years of being forced to share a room together have paid off.
I love.

Congratulations Joylynn!!  
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