Thursday, January 22

No slam dunk here

The outcome at court yesterday was not favorable. AND was far from the slam dunk our attorney promised. The judge (for whatever reason) denied our plea in court.

Long story short- It looks as if we may have a fight on our hands. We are very disappointed, but far from defeated.

Our attorney says, " may take months" and "...will be costly" and (interesting enough) "...this is just ridiculous and feels like an obstruction of Justice" (more on that later)

And so....we fall forward. We are seeking additional counsel and praying for wisdom and direction, etc.

We trust that our steps are ordered in His perfect timing.... AND that at the end of this journey all of "this" will only make holding our daughter in our arms more sweet-that this "injustice" will only give more power to the meaning of her name.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything"

James 1:2

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified beacuase of them, for the Lord your
God goes with you; he will nevere leave you nor forsake you."

Deut 31:6

Wednesday, January 21

Light at the end


In regards to our recent "document drama"......There is light at the end of the tunnel! We have a court date in Washington state today! Our attorney says; " should be a slam dunk". So, God willing- we will be on the other side of this trail by the end of the day!

This unexpected development has proven to be good for us in the long run. (He really does work all things for good!) It's been a good reminder of what we say we believe about faith. It's been an opportunity to live what we believe.

Walking by faith and not by sight sounds simple enough while life is going along as "planned".
But it's when the rubber meets the road that we find out that true faith not only requires
decision, but action.

Thankfully, His power is perfected in our weakness and His grace is enough!

We are grateful for the many friends and family who have offered wisdom, and encouragement
and who have even helped us to see the humor in this whole mess.

We want you all to know how much we love and appreciate each one of you!

Looking forward to posting a good report soon!.....

"Life is 10% circumstance and 90% attitude"
-author unknown

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10

Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
James 2:25-26

Tuesday, January 20


  1. Jeff was once a flight attendant
  2. Christine used to play the flute
  3. Tyler is a two time high hurdle state champ!
  4. We (collectivley) have lived in 6 states
  5. Jessica was barista at Starbucks
  6. Jordan wants to be a neo-natal nurse
  7. Kyle is left handed


  1. Morgan
  2. Shannon
  3. The Walkers
  4. The Hoppes

Sunday, January 18

Every little bit helps


Choose (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition iPod models and iTunes Gift Cards, and Apple
gives a portion of the purchase price to the Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.
You make choices every day, from the clothes you wear to the music you play. Now
making a choice means making a difference.

With every iPod shuffle, iPod nano, or iTunes Gift Card (PRODUCT) RED purchased,
a part of the proceeds go directly to the Global Fund. Listening to music never felt
so good.

Tuesday, January 13

Document Drama

In the midst of paper chasing, we are experiencing what is noted on our time line
(to the right) as "document drama". Going in, we knew that through the adoption
process, we were sure to hit a few speed bumps. feels like a road block!

While we won't go into the specifics of our latest development, let's just say that
it has been a shocker! It came way off from left field and is dis-concerning to say
the least. The worst thing is that "it" is holding up this already long and
daunting process.... It is adding days, weeks or possibility months!

Thankfully, so far, we have done pretty well. We have kept our wits about us
(for the most part) and not allowed "it" to bring division. And although a bit
stressed and stretched (Christine did go into the ugly cry once or twice...)
we are still standing as a strong and united front.

The good news and the long and the short of it is that this road block can be fixed.
It is nothing that a good attorney, a few thousand dollars and a month or so won't cure.

So, as we walk through this unexpected trial, we ask that all of you out there would
pray! Please pray specifically for God's favor over this "road block", for continued
strength to push forward, grace as we wait....

Pray for our baby girl who is currently somewhere in Ethiopia waiting for her forever
family to find her and bring her home. Pray that she would be safe, well cared for and
loved in the midst of her circumstances.

"...for we walk by faith and not by sight"
2 cor 5:7

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because
you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must
finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything"
James 1:2