Wednesday, September 30, 2009

On Our Way....

It is so hard to believe that the time to travel to pick up our boys is FINALLY here. We are all checked into our hotel, and have a 4:00 am wake-up call. I doubt will will sleep much, so its not a big deal.

We leave in the morning about 6:30 am and fly to Minneapolis then onto Amsterdam, and finally arrive in Addis about 22 hours after we leave Oregon.

Our schedule for our time in Africa will be as follows:

Friday: Meet our boys and spend the day with them

Saturday: Time with the boys, as well as sightseeing around the city and visit to some important places.

Sunday: Travel to Durame and meet the birth Mom

Monday: Travel back to Addis and then see the boys

Tuesday: We have our Embassy interview, and officially take custody of the boys

Wednesday: Stay in the hotel with the boys, and shopping

Thursday: Pick up their US visa's and begin the long flights back

We will not be able to update this blog or our facebook, simply because outside the major hotels, electricity is not a constant, and the internet is dependent upon electricity! We will be going to some internet cafe's, but the speed there is dial-up, so we can not do much!

Thanks for all your prayers and support. We will be posting pictures to

Feel free to look there once we get back! It so hard to imagine the next time we post, we will have the boys!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

5 Days

We are getting close now, only 5 more days. I really hope they don't go to slow, I don't think I can take much more waiting. I think it will be okay though, this week has gone by really fast, so I am confident the last few days will as well.

We are all done packing, and I am so proud of myself and Renee. We have everything we need in 2 forty-five pound suitcases. We pride ourselves on traveling light, and even with a lot of stuff for the boys we have done it again.

A friend of ours called us the other day, she and her husband has picked up their daughter in China a few months ago, and she asked is we were ready and if everything was done, but then she said, "Wait, look who I am asking, of course you are done." So I guess we have a bit of a reputation, but we have waited for this time for so long, and we are so ready. We are a little scared about actually having the kids, and being parents; but excited to begin this journey.

I will post a picture of us and our luggage later today. Its early and Renee has not even woken up yet. I will also update after we have the conference call with the people we are traveling with.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Amazing Day..

We spent the day in Portland at Portland Metro, and then in Salem. Both services were amazing, and so much fun. But I gave to admit, the time at Portland Metro was probably the most fun service we have ever had. The attitude of the people, and their excitement was incredibly contagious, and made us feel so welcome.

I think another thing we loved about it, was how multi-cultural it is. Not only does Portland Metro meet there, but there is also an Ethiopian and Haitian church there as well. They rent some of the smaller rooms, and it is cool to see. You see people of all shapes and colors, you hear several different languages, all working together for a common goal. Once again you truly see that our God is the same God everywhere. It was so much fun feeling like a minority again!

We also saw a lot of Ethiopian people, and realized that in 10 days, we will see a lot more! We are so excited, and so ready to go. Boys, we are coming!

Monday, September 14, 2009


I love small towns, where else is the courthouse across the street from the Pastors house, or can you see a newly hunted bear drying from a tree...What a good weekend!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Adoption Books

We got some books about adoption today, and were crying as we read them. Only 20 more days....

Friday, September 4, 2009


We got the most amazing email today, one that we have been waiting for, for the past 5 weeks. We have to be in Ethiopia on October 1st, and have our Embassy interview on October 6th.
This means that within the next 30 days, we will have official custody of our boys!

Once again we have been reminded of how amazing God is. Just yesterday, we were at the point where we could go no longer. We all know that God will not give us more than we can handle, and we were truly at our breaking point. Last night, we went on a walk and just prayed for peace and patience. Its truly exciting to see how God knows when and where we need Him. We are once again reminded that He is in complete control. We are thankful and excited for this new amazing gift!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

First Presents....

Yes, the boys have gotten presents before, but only from family. But today, I had to go to the Post Office to pick up a package that we were not home to receive yesterday. It was from a childhood friend of Renee's and it contained the boys very first Texas Longhorns, and matching shirts. I guess by marrying a Texas girl, I automatically became a Longhorn fan...who knew! Anyway, we are excited and ready for them to come home!