Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Shopping - Check this out

Can you believe it is that time again?  I can't believe there are only 35 more shopping days until Christmas.  If you are looking for a gift with a purpose this year check out the new T-shirt a friend has designed for us.

If you would like to order a shirt and help us bring a baby brother home for Daniel you can order your shirt on the left side of the screen or send me an email at  

We are taking orders and will place our first order by December 4th.  The shirts will ship in time for Christmas.  

There are also a few other fundraisers on the left sidebar if you would like to help or if you feel led to just make a donation you can do that also.

Thank you so much in advance for your support.  Every little bit helps and we can't wait to bring this baby boy home!  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2 years and waiting

We have officially hit the 24 month waiting point and with the wait time increases and lull in referrals I believe we are in for the long haul.  Wait times right now are about 30-36 months.  We know from experience thought that God is doing some amazing things we just haven't seen yet.  

Waiting this time is so much different, it is hard because Daniel is so excited to meet his brother.  He prays for him each night.  When he outgrows some clothes we put them in his brothers room.  One day he was putting a shirt in there and while he was walking he said "Mommy I wish my brother was here."  I said "Me too buddy" then he looked at me with those big brown eyes and said "It sure does take a long time".  He then went about his business like every other normal day.  It sure does buddy it sure does!

I was going through videos on my phone and i found this one from Mommy and Me day at school:

I am so thankful for this video and I can't wait for the day that there are 2 little boys sitting there singing "mommies are for hugging, mommies are for kissing".  If you look closely you can see the picture of daniel we received for his referral right behind him.  This is one of those moments that makes all this waiting and paperwork so worth the wait.

Daniel mentioned to Mark the other day that he wants to go with us when we go to Ethiopia to meet his brother.  This is something Mark and I had talked about and decided that we would take him when he got older and could appreciate the culture and learn more.  Now we are wondering, since his comment that he wants to go because he can't remember.  He sees pictures but he wants to see more.  Is he to young?  This is something we are trying to decide as we wait.  Should we take him?  By the time we travel for court he will be 5. Being honest, since we will be there for the court date and then come home, leaving the baby until the embassy visit I don't want Daniel to think that we can leave him also.

Long story short, we are in it for the long haul.  That is the nature of adoption.  We had "planned" on getting a referral the end of this year but things change.  In adoption you learn to be flexible things can change like that and only God knows the plan.  So we will continue to pray and follow his lead on building our family.

1st day of Pre-K

I can't believe it is the first day of school already.  Where has the time gone.  Granite we are just in preschool but still so many things have already changed.  The independence is there, which i love, but sometimes a mommy just wants to help.

Daniel still loves cars, drag racing, pretty much anything with wheels.  I am convinced that one day he will be a lawyer or negotiator of some sort.  He knows how to work his magic to get his way.  He loves to say "well how about this plan".  It is cute and frustrating all at the same time!

Daniel has the most compassionate caring heart.  He does not like to see people who are hurting or sad.  He wants to help them feel better.  My favorite parts of the day are when he runs by while he is playing and just yells out "mommy I love you" for no reason and doesn't stop what he is doing to look back.  God is working on this boys heart and I can't wait to see what he does.  He is going to do some big things some day.