7.18.2017

Please pray with us today. We are hoping to hear today if we will be able to bring Yasmin home or if we will have to leave her behind for another 7 weeks. Please pray that the right people will review our case and will be gracious. Pray that we will be able to fly home tomorrow and be together as a family. Pray for comfort for Yasmin as she will face scary unknowns either way. Pray that God will be glorified in this situation and in our reactions to it. #ethiopiaadoption


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7.11.2017

Please pray y'all. We passed court and have custody of Yasmin, but are now being told we have to do a tb culture that takes 4-8 weeks. We came here expecting this to be a 1-2 week trip, and with little ones at home, need for new meds in the US for Yasmin, and work obligations, we just can't make 2 months work. Please pray that we will be able to do a much faster (1-3 day) DNA test so we can finally be home together as a family!


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7.04.2017

Trying out my childhood fav #kinderegg #deutschland #halfwaythere


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Here we go (again). Praying we'll be able to bring our girl HOME this trip. #ethiopiaadoption #adoptionrocks


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6.10.2017

We've been home from Ethiopia since late Wednesday, but we haven't fully processed everything yet. While we had hoped to bring our daughter home with us, we instead left Ethiopia without passing court, the very reason for our trip. We were stunned, sad, and angry when we heard the news, and to be truthful, we still are a bit. But we are hoping in the One who is sovereign and good, even when it seems that injustice and evil are winning. We are hoping in His good plans for us and our daughter, and are praying that she will be comforted while we're apart, that she'll be kept safe and healthy, and that she'll be home with us soon.


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6.03.2017

We met our daughter today! We saw her from a distance and she ran to us and gave us all big hugs. I saw her and the tears came and I frantically told Keith "oh no, my ugly cry is the first thing she's going to see!". 😂. She is so very sweet, confident, and happy. We go to court Monday and will finally be able to share photos of her sweet face. Still praying for a miracle so that we'll be able to bring her home this trip!


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6.02.2017

Guess who's on his way to meet his new sister! This guy! (And me and Keith, too!) We could use prayers that the Ethiopian government will remove roadblocks so we can bring her home this trip. Can't wait to hug her either way. #toothless #adoptionrocks


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5.20.2017

How did my little babies graduate kindergarten? #slowdowntime


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5.19.2017

This girl turned nine months today and took her first tiny step. Up next: climbing trees and riding a bike with no training wheels. #justtryingtokeepup


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4.29.2017

We finally opened the pool today and this girl went for her first ever swim. I can't even handle the rolls and cheeks and fluff 💕


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4.17.2017

We had a wonderful Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection and enjoying family time at my parents' farm. He is risen!


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4.06.2017

1. Nesting is for adoptive mamas, too. I am nesting SO bad right now, trying to keep my mind off the fact that we are 1 document and (hopefully) just a few weeks from bringing our big girl home from Ethiopia. I seriously feel 100% as hormonally driven to have every. single. thing. perfect as I did when I was pregnant. 2. My husband is amazing. He’s been so sweet as I rearrange and paint and shop like a madman. He made the little daybed in our kitchen nook from two vintage bed frames after I came up with the plans in a particularly bad fit of nesting. He’s currently putting up beadboard in our laundry room. And cutting down a console table to fit our foyer. And making all kinds of long-needed repairs to the house. So maybe nesting is for adoptive dads, too. :) 3. Sweet Nolie Kate has decided that there’s too much crazy going on at our house for her to miss out on, so she’s decided to get moving. And she’s fast! 4. I have no idea how we survived the wait for our last adoption without four other littles at home to keep us busy. Half of me is 100% preoccupied with the whirlwind that’s always happening at home, and half of me is 100% wondering about our new little girl, praying she’ll be home soon. Adoption is crazy and painful and agonizing. But so worth it. #adoptionrocks


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3.23.2017

So hammie got a much needed haircut, and every time I look at him I can't help thinking of Jim Halpert. #amiright #imisstheoffice


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3.20.2017

Just finished up a few new growth charts. Get 'em while they're fresh 😉. Link in profile.


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3.11.2017

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Snoring like a pug. Couldn't be sweeter 💕 This girl is so adored.


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3.03.2017

Hammie is completely obsessed with elephants. So when he saw this family of elephants in target last week, he made it his mission to buy it. He worked so hard all week long -asking for jobs around the house and getting them done all on his own- and earned enough to go buy them today. Could he smile any bigger? 😄


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2.24.2017

And also, baby teeth! ❤️


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They match! #twinning


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1.25.2017

My husband is amazing. #shiplap !


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