Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Today we faxed our referral acceptance and financial agreement to Chances for Children and I am overjoyed to tell you that we have all of the money needed for our in-country fees!!! It has been so amazing to be a part of what God is doing with this. So many individuals have given so generously in answer to the voice of the Lord. We are overwhelmed by His goodness and strengthened and encouraged by the generous and sacrificial obedience of so many people. It remind me of that little Vacation Bible School song, "My God is so Big, so Strong and So Mighty. There's nothing my God can not do!"

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Yes, two of the new children are for us. Our request was for siblings 3 years or under (So Anna is still th oldest), at least one boy. Our referral: Biological siblings, little boy 2 years 9 months and baby sister 12 1/2 months. This is so perfect. They are now in the orphanage getting the nutrition they need. Ronese is almost 13 months and gained 2# her first two weeks in the orphanage. She is 12 pounds and 21 inches. Wiguerson is 33 inches tall. His birth day is July 22 and he will be 3 years old. Their biological parents are living but unable to provide food for their family. I do not think any of us can understand the reality of this living in a country like ours. We live in a town that has at least six McDonald's restaurants.

We are very excited for our family and very sobered by the reality that has caused this to take place. I have included the only pictures we have of the children and a map of their birth place. (To enlarge the pictures hold down the shift key and click.)

Fun Facts: All of our children were born at home
All of our children have brown/black eyes
Anna has 18 teeth
Beth has 12 teeth
Ronese has 6 teeth
Wiguerson has 20 teeth
Daddy has "lots'a teeth"
and so does Mommy

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

More Blessings

Saturday we received our first on line donation through our blog. Friends from half way around the world gave with a few mouse clicks. That is so cool. Sunday we were given an encouraging card and a check from friends at church. Then, just minutes ago we got an email notifying us of an other gift from our blog's donation button, again from a friend on the other side of the world. We know this is truly God's plan and His provision. We are so amazed! If you are keeping track, that is $230 toward our in-country fees.

Also, stay tuned for the news we have all been waiting for...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


On Saturday night we found out that there are 5 new kids at the orphanage. We do not know anything about them or if any of them are "our kids". There are 13 families waiting for referrals and we are one of them. They said it will take a week or so to get the medical exams and history complete for the kids and then they will start making referrals. There are 6 kids at the orphanage waiting for the US embassy to give them their papers so they can come home, and the papers in the other offices are moving again. This is all good news for waiting parents as the waits have been long and the offices were closed for a couple of weeks.

On Tuesday night we found out that Chances for Children had received $8000 toward our in country fees and on Wednesday morning we found out that a check for $2000 is being mailed to Chances today. If you are keeping track, that is $10,000. That means we need only $3000 to cover our in-country fees due at referral. Praise the Lord! We will keep you posted.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Good Mail

Anna and I have a silly tradition, each day we make an enthusiastic trip to the mail box. Now that we live in a house with the mail box attached next to the front door, the ritual is a little sillier than it once was when we had to cross a very busy street and hike our steep driveway in order to retrieve whatever treasure might await. Still, each day I call to Anna and ask if she wants to get the mail. She still comes running, hollering questions of what the mailman might have brought to us. We open the door, reach in, and open the "good stuff" first. The green envelopes from Claudia are her favorite. My favorite are anything with our names and a stamp. Stamped mail is always best. Beth loves anything Anna gives her with the excited "oooh, Bethy! Look, it is for you!" (usually an add for internet or Direct TV)

This week the "good mail" included a letter from Shaohannah's Hope notifying us that we would receive a grant of $3000 toward our adoption expense! Praise the Lord! For those of you keeping the running total we now only need $13000 for our in-country fees. I know that sounds like a lot, but if you ever watch "Antique Road Show" you will see that it is only one special vase or paining away. Of course we have not found that vase yet, but who knows, our church youth group is having a yard sale in a few weeks... :) We are not worried, we know that God knows and every gift and grant are His to give.

Hope you get some "good mail" today!