Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Baker City and Huntington

We had a good but long weekend in Baker City and Huntington. Over 7 hours each way, but it was good to connect with these communities.
Old School "Saved By The Bell" Score Board in Baker City, Renee loved it!
Huntington Community Church
Baker City Chinese Cemetery,  who knew that Baker City once had a huge Chinese population! Guess I should not be surprised, the Chinese are the best!
                                  The Pagoda donated by China to mark the Memorial Cemetery

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Presents!

Since it will be a few more weeks before we see the boys, we decided to send them a present. We found some cute cards, they may scare them, but I think they will like them. We also sent along some pictures, and coloring pages. We are coming boys!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Disappointed, but at Peace

At on time, I would have said those two words could not go together. But today, I discovered that you can be disappointed, but at peace.
For the past few weeks, we have been praying that we would travel to Ethiopia the first week of September to meet our boys. Today, we found out that its not going to happen. Due to Ethiopian New Year (which I can understand, we all leave China during Chinese New Year) there will not be a group of people leaving that week.
So now, it looks like we will be leaving the last week of September, as there are several people from our organization who passed court ahead of us. And while we are disappointed, we are both totally at peace. This has to be something that God gave us, as we really want to hold our boys, and bring them back. So in the mean time, we wait. We pray for them, and we wait. We go about our lives, and we wait.
We know it will happen, and nothing changes that fact that they are our boys; we just delay being "a family" for a few more weeks.
We are coming boys, we love you but know you must need a little more time....
Disappointed but at peace, what a concept!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Newport was absolutely amazing today. I do not think I have ever seen the beach as calm, warm and free of wind as it was this morning. We seriously considered spending the entire day there, but my desire for a movie time and carrot cake with my wife won out.
So I am 31 years old today, wow. I never thought I would be this old and just beginning the parent thing, and only be married 2.5 years. But I am so thankful for the way my life has turned out, and the direction it is heading. I have my dream job, with an amazing wife, am close to having my two boys. I have traveled all over the world and have everything I could ever want. Father has blessed me in amazing ways, and can not wait to see what the next 31 years has in store. I am sure if I had the whole picture now, I would not believe it.
Me and my birthday cake. Don't worry, the "get skinny for Africa" diet starts tomorrow!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Amish Country

This is one of my favorite places. We used to come every time we visited Grandpy and Grandma, so we were there every couple of years. I love the soft pretzels, and the buggies, and the simplistic way of life. I don't want my life quite this simplistic, but I do enjoy the fact they take life as it comes and live in such a way as their beliefs are evident and strong. It takes a special person to be Amish, and I enjoy seeing that for a while every few years! Enjoy..

Friday, August 7, 2009


From my favorite TV show, Parking Wars! Well, he was not on the show but....

People complained that there was no elevator in a house build in the 1700's?

Accidently crossing the bridge into NJ, a $5 mistake ( because of the tolls)

Our Philly Cheese Steak
Of course we did all the normal things too, but you all have seen those. Tomorrow, Amish country and the Strausburg Railroad

Thursday, August 6, 2009

PA and NJ

Flew to Newark yesterday and then drove to Grandpys house in PA. Had a huge breakfast, then went to visit Gettysburg. Tomorrow Philly! I always love being back East, the calmer more peaceful way of life. When I was little, we visited every 2 years or so, and things are as I remember them then. I will post more tomorrow! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


WE PASSED. Just a moment ago, we found out that we passed court last Friday and are officially the parents of 2 amazing boys. We are waiting for our official travel date and Embassy interview date, but that should be soon. More details later....

Monday, August 3, 2009

Busy Weekend

We had a very busy weekend. Yesterday was our final Parents in Process class, which was full of people adopting and getting ready to bring their wonderful kids back to the United States.
Then it was onto the Holt International picnic, where we got to meet some other Ethiopian kids that had already come home. It was so much fun to hold them, and to imagine what it will be like to hold and cherish our own children.
Lastly, it was on to Myrtle Creek and Drain for a service today. We had a good time with the people in Myrtle Creek, and after finishing up our coffee here in Roseburg, we will continue to Drain for our evening stop.
Then tomorrow, we have a lot to do, as we are heading back East for a week! It will be fun to show Renee all the stuff we saw every year when we visited Grandpa and Grandma! Philly, Amish country, Atlantic City, Ocean City..here we come!

More Wonderful News!

This is another update from a family who just got back. After reading it, we are a little scared but so excited! Hoping for amazing news tomorrow!

Josh and Renee,

I hope you're ready, these boys are a hand full. Don't let those sad faces in the pictures you have fool you. I think your boys are the happiest at the care center. Also VERY good eaters, they were putting it away. We sat and had lunch with them, and they were lots of fun.

We had so much fun with your boys. When we were at lunch, Tegan got a bigger plate than all of the other kids, and he finished it before everyone. He got a second helping and was trying to take more from Preston. So, Preston started shoving big handfuls of injera in his mouth so Tegan wouldn't eat it. It was hilarious. They have so much personality, and Preston loves to be tickled. Casey ( a person who traveled to get their child) was getting him good, and he kept coming back for more even though he could hardly breathe he was laughing so hard.

We love our boys so much...We cant wait to see them!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

New Information part 2

While we are waiting to hear about the court case we had yesterday, we got an email from someone in our agency who just returned home with their child. We had asked her to check on their size, and this is what she said, "

Hi Ransom family. Just wanted to let you know that we saw both of your boys in Addis. They are adorable and very high energy. My husband spent time playing with both of them. Preston loved being tickled and would laugh until he would almost cry.

We are so thankful that the boys are doing well, and playing as healthy, normal boys should. While it is hard to wait a few more days, it is so amazing to hear that Father is taking care of them, until we can be there and do that ourselves. This was news we were desperately needing to hear today....God is so good!