Our Story

Our Story
We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands.
~ Kristi Larson ~

Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, You didn't grow under my heart - but in it!
~ Fleur Conkling Heylinger ~
Adoption is not the call to have the perfect, rosy family. It is the CALL to Give LOVE, MERCY, and PATIENCE.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

More Fun Times in Ethiopia

We had a good day again today.  We spent the morning visiting one of the orphonages that our agency uses for referring kids.  Our son did not come from there, but it was nice to see the kids and love on them for a little bit.  They presented us a traditional coffee ceremony before we left and the coffee was SO good!  Jarod LOVED it!  The nanny introduced us to a little tiny baby who was happily sucking on his bottle.  She told us that the police rescued him from a pack of hyenas that were carrying him away.  My eyes teared up at the thought of it!

We went to lunch and then headed to see little man at the Transition Home.  Our time together is sweet but I can't wait to have him home and in a routine.  There is only so much you can do in the little space that is there and having all the other kids around can be stressful.  If you bring anything to play with it very quickly becomes community property and can get overwhelming at times - for us and for little man!  Mama got some good cuddle time today....he wanted to play with Daddy's camera but was told no because all the other kids were around.  He kept trying and trying to get it out of daddy's pocket but to no avail.  So - he crawled up in Mama's lap with big tears in his eyes!  He almost let mama rock him to sleep, but within a few minutes dried his eyes and went about his play time - him and daddy were good too!  It will take a while for little man to learn his boundaries and for us to break some bad habits of living amongst so many kids who have experienced a lot of life.

We came back to our guest house and rested for a little while (Josh had felt a little off all day today and we think he was just dehydrated).  When it came time to head out for dinner we were all feeling refreshed and ready for our evening of fun.  Our agency took us out to a Traditional Ethiopian experience.  They served us traditional food, with live music and dancing for entertainment.  The food was amazingly good....

The entertainment was amazing....

The dancing and music was SPECTACULAR....they did several different dances from different cultural regions.  We got video of the dance from the region where our little man was from but I couldn't get it uploaded - hopefully will get it posted some other time!

Dinner was truly a once in a lifetime experience and it ended with the dancers pulling Josh up to dance with them - our camera card was full - BUMMER....It was so good and I'm sorry we don't have proof!

TOMORROW is a HUGE day for us in our adoption journey!  We will go stand before an Ethiopian Judge as a family of SIX in hopes of PASSING - passing court entails getting an approval from the judge and receiving a favorable letter from the affairs committee.  From what we hear court doesn't take long but it is CRUCIAL - - if we pass our little man will OFFICIALLY be our SON!!!  They will print a birth certificate with our names listed as his parents and they will gather the proper paperwork to bring him home forever!  Please join us in prayer that we will PASS court TOMORROW - no hangups, no delays, nothing missing!!  Once we pass court we will be able to share his sweet face and the amazing story behind his name!  I am hoping to blog tomorrow with AMAZING news....but will trust God either way!


  1. Praying for you all!!!! The Lord knows and is able!!!

  2. Praying you pass! So excited for your family!

  3. I have enjoyed so much reading about your families journey! My husband was adopted and adoption has always been close to our hearts. Thank your for sharing the ups and downs with us! I am so excited for you guys as you are getting so close to being a family of 6..officially!

    P.S. I'm not sure if you remember me, but my husband and I are family friends of the Krohns and my sister (Jill) is good friends with Kerri.