One year home.



This has been the hardest year of my life. I’m not sure how comfortable I am with admitting this, but it’s true. We’ve had more challenges in the past year than I ever anticipated, but it’s also been hugely rewarding. God has taught us so much… where we are selfish, where we are short-tempered, where we lack in faith and trust. He has stretched us… He has shown us that He is always faithful. He truly does make all things new. Lauren and I have shed many tears; we’ve also had our fair share of arguments, but we’re stronger today than we were 365 days ago. We love each other more, we bear one other’s burdens better, we’re more on the same page. Y’all, adoption is hard. And messy. So very messy. But this is God’s story. If this is what you’re called to (we still firmly believe we are), He will see you through. He will strengthen you, refresh you and provide for you. It won’t be easy (insert clever cliché about how nothing worth doing is ever easy). But it’s worth it. And SHE is worth it.

Progress is hard and slow and certainly not linear. Sometimes it’s one step forward and two steps back. But it’s there. It happens. It might be hard to see it sometimes. Maybe it’s a meltdown that lasts 5 minutes less, maybe it’s a couple days that you don’t have to deal with your child screaming in their native tongue at you (always super pleasant things I’m sure). When Tessa came home, we had the classic honeymoon phase. It lasted a few weeks and then we got cracks in the façade. Then we moved onto meltdowns. Then the meltdowns got more intense. Then came the threats. It was HARD. Without our relationship with the Lord and without our amazing community, we’d be toast. We have so many people that have stood in the gap with us, talked with us, watched our kids, brought us dinner (and wine). You all know who you are… and we are ever grateful for you. We love you deeply and you’ll always be our tribe. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Over time, things have improved. In fact, the last few weeks have been really good for us. Not perfect, mind you. But better… and good. She’s started to break down some of the walls that she put up. She is able to verbalize more when she is hurting and we’ve been able to better respond to her needs. So much credit goes to Lauren for handling things well when so much of the difficult reactions and negative words have been directed at her.  She has WORKED so hard this year…extended herself, made herself vulnerable and loved even when any normal person’s reaction would have been to run away as fast as possible.  We are putting in the effort and we know that He will see us through. This journey isn’t anywhere near finished, but we love our girl. And love wins.


One year! The hardest year. But we made it! I have to admit, there were some moments it seemed impossible and I didn’t know if I could do it. As it turns out, I couldn’t—not in my own strength. Not in our own strength. But we serve a mighty God, who knows us intimately and sustains us – every day, every hour, every minute. He gives beauty from ashes and he REDEEMS!

As many of you know, this was outside of my “comfort zone” in the first place. I’m the baby person. I wasn’t “old enough” to have an 11 year old. I “could never adopt an older child.” (I also said I would never date Jeff and I never wanted twins – and I’ve been wrong every time. God’s plans are far better! And I’ve quit saying never 🙂 ). But God calls us out upon the waters and HE makes us brave. If he is calling you, He. Will. Be. Faithful. I have always been pretty self-sufficient. Until this year—it’s shown me just how much I need Jesus in a way I don’t think anything else could have. Having Tessa in our family is softening me. She is teaching me patience, unconditional love, sensitivity, humility, selflessness…and a whole host of other qualities I have always listed on my “weakness” tally. 

I appreciate my husband in a new way. I knew I had a great man, but now I really understand how and why God put us together as a TEAM and gave us similar passions. He is strong when I am weak. His best qualities are exactly what we needed as we learned how to help our sweet girl. I’ve always counted his sense of humor as one of my favorite things – but when a man can make you bust out laughing while your child is in the middle of hours of raging? KEEPER. I am constantly in awe and learning from him. The way he serves me and the way loves his girl so tenderly, patiently, in the unique manner she needs to be loved—he’s an amazing daddy to her and an incredible partner to me-my rock.

Please don’t think we’ve got it all figured out—trust me, we don’t.  This is a big milestone and we are CELEBRATING the progress she has made and we have made as a family (because of GOD – in spite of us!)… but we still have a long way to go. The good news is we have a lifetime together to figure it all out (as her sweet brothers say often, “we’ll always be family and family always loves!”). I still fail every day and struggle with loving her the way she needs and deserves. Tessa has so much to overcome. But I’m realizing there can’t be a timeline for this – forget “well, around 6-9 months things start getting better” (when they actually got worse), forget that pressure. This is forever-there’s grace, mercy, and freedom; one day at a time. Oh, and her Ethiopian name? It means “one who endures or overcomes.” HELLO.  How fitting-she didn’t ask for any of this to happen to her but she’s a fighter. She’s enduring and overcoming. We’re so proud of her!

The past year felt like triage in many ways. I’m praying this new season is full of growing our relationships and learning how to love each other deeply. This is still really hard and I’m still a little raw. I’m not where I thought I’d be by now. But I’m down on my knees, thankful. Thankful for a God who loves us even when we’re a mess and finds us even when we don’t want to be found; for a husband and sons whose unconditional love make life sweet; for our family & our village who got us through—my precious friends near and far who let me be real and encourage me when things aren’t all rainbows and butterflies; and especially for this girl whose fierce love, nurturing spirit, hilarious humor, and tender heart have changed me forever. We are all better people for knowing her. We love you, Sweet T. Love always wins!

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13


It takes a village. {2014}

So yes, we totally dropped the ball on the blog this year since coming home from Ethiopia.  I just didn’t know how to put anything in words anymore, and felt like I needed to keep a lot of things close to the vest.  I will write about our trip and our experience someday (in 2015.  I promise), but for now… I needed to say this.

It takes a village.  And we have a great one.  And I could not be more grateful.

This year, we have experienced some of the highest highs and the lowest lows.  It has been the hardest year of our lives, without a doubt.  And yet–also one of the most beautiful.  I don’t even really understand it yet – except to say that God REALLY DOES make beautiful things out of the dust.  Out of the messiness of our life, when we are scared to death but just say “yes” and let things get messy, he meets you.  We’re certainly not on the other side yet.  We’re still in the thick of it – there’s still a lot of this marathon to run.  But God has grown us – is growing us – more in this one year than he has in our entire lives to this point.  It is humbling, and hard, and oh so sweet.

But.  We did not, and COULD. NOT. do it alone.  I’m positive of this.  This is why I need to write.  To thank you.  Our village.  No matter how hard or yucky or rough things got, you carried us.  You supported us.  You prayed for us.  You loved us.

I cannot tell you how many times a “random” little thing came at just the right moment.  A friend knocking on the door with a hot Starbucks latte because she knew it had already been a rough morning.  Another friend with chocolate and a bottle of wine because they knew it had been a long day/night/week.  Dear ones who demand you drop your kids off with them for a couple of hours because you can’t get out on a date night and desperately need to reconnect.  Others who leave gift cards on your doorstep for dinner and a movie so you don’t even have to worry about paying for that date.  I’m just getting started.  A text at just the right moment.  An email with a link to a blog post that speaks right to you, or a song they just knew you needed to hear.  A card with the sweetest words you have ever heard penned on it.  A friend who always welcomes you and your kids at their house anytime you need a break or some company.  A hot meal so you don’t have to cook.  An anonymous envelope with cash in it because they just wanted to bless you… clearly they know medical expenses, surgeries, therapies, and hearing aids ain’t cheap. 😉  A phone call or texts to check in or just let you talk.  Friends who live miles away but give the best text advice around because they’ve been there.  A Bible verse just for you.  Couples who pray over you, for you, with you. A walk or jog or girls night out to get you out of the house.  A weekend in the mountains that’s exactly what you need to leave refreshed, encouraged, and ready to take on the world. Friends who just “get it”-whose couch (literal or figurative) is always open for you when you’re a hot mess. People who celebrate every victory and love your girl in such a beautiful way – this girl who wasn’t even here 8 months ago.  Family members who understand, don’t judge, empathize, unconditionally love, encourage, and are always there for you.  Grandparents (this needs a whole extra blog post.  Thank you Jesus for grandparents).

I seriously could keep on going.  We have been SO ridiculously blessed by our community.  I am convinced we have the BEST friends in the world.  When I begin to list all the people who come to mind that have been there for us in some way or another, I can’t even count them all.  This is not normal.  I know this.  We have received nothing but support, love, encouragement, help, prayers, and cheers.  Our people, our church, our friends and family have embraced us and this new chapter in our lives with open arms.  Tessa Tsinat is practically a celebrity around here, she is so very loved.  I am not even kidding.  This warms my heart more than you’ll ever know.

When I fail, when I feel lost, they are there.  They keep me going.  They stand in the gap for me.  I don’t know how I would do life without them.  This was true when we had twins in the NICU, when Jeff lost his job, when we’ve had health scares and hospitalizations – but it’s been even more true than ever this year.  Y’all.  Do not do life alone.  Find your village.  Find your people and love them big.  Be the church.  THIS is what the church is supposed to do. THIS is loving your neighbor as yourself.

To our people – thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We can never thank you enough – but please know, you are so much a part of our story and her story.  Our family will forever be indebted to you.  I can’t wait to look back at this time next year and celebrate all that God has done.

Many times after a friend has done something sweet for me or for her, Tessa will say to me – “Mommy, they’re the BEST!”  I just smile at her, often while tears fill my eyes.  Yes.  Yes they are, baby.


ETHIOPIA part one: when we met.

Profuse apologies for not posting these on time-internet was questionable while we were there and, well, since getting home we’ve been starting to adjust to our new normal. 😉 But we want to record these before we forget. Here’s the first couple of days as recorded by Jeff while we were there. More to come..

Where can we even begin? How do you tell the story of a trip that’s 2+ years in the making? I guess it started at 4:30 in the morning with an extra early wake up call…

We had finished packing a couple days prior and just had a few last minute checks the night before, e.g. triple checking the weight of the bags using a shipping scale borrowed from a dear friend… Lauren made a game of seeing how close to 50lbs we could come without going over! (Final tally: 2 bags at 50.0 lbs, 1 at 49.5 and 1 at 49.0… NOT TOO SHABBY!) We got moving really quickly as we were on a mission… the boys woke up pretty well for that early hour and we were packed and in the car by 5:15 heading to the airport (a big thank you to Aunt Ash for transportation!).

We got to the airport by 5:40 and were checked in without too much incident. Security went swimmingly as well and we thought we were in such good shape (here’s where the ominous music would start to play…). Not 2 minutes after we arrived at the gate, a USAirways employee notified us that our plane had been “downgraded” – in other words, they replaced our plane with a smaller one and we no longer had seats! They needed 16 people to volunteer to take a later flight or we were pretty much out of luck. Of course we started scrambling and I started calling and emailing our travel agent (at 5:20AM her time, I’m such a nice guy). I begged the airline to help us get to Washington Dulles on-time or we would have to wait another entire day before we were able to get to Ethiopia. They assured me that things would work out and they would get us on the flight… after many prayers, and miraculously many volunteers to give up their seats, we made it on & were en route to DC, albeit quite late.

The boys enjoyed their first flight and we got into DC with what we assumed was little time to spare. I waited for our gate-checked baggage while Lauren and the boys hauled it to get to our next flight. I sprinted to catch up with bags in tow and breathlessly arrived at the gate only to find out that we were misinformed by USAir about the time of our flight to ET… it wouldn’t even start boarding for another 40 minutes! That gave us time to settle a bit, grab a much-needed cup of coffee and some bagels for breakfast. We finally got to board a VERY NICE Boeing 787 Dream Liner and sit back, relax and prepare (as much as we possibly could) for a 12.5 hour flight to Addis Ababa.

There really wasn’t anything to complain about on the flight… yes, it was long and yes, we didn’t sleep that much (or at all in Lauren’s case), but the boys were great, the food wasn’t bad and we had plenty of entertainment to keep us all occupied. We landed in Addis just before 7am local time (midnight in the US), boarded a bus that took us approximately 200 yards to the airport and headed to get our visas and clear customs. Once that was taken care of, we grabbed our bags off the carousel, scanned them and left the airport in search of our transportation! We met our wonderful guide Yonas and got into the van to head to the Guest House. Our driver “Johnny” was terrific in helping navigate the wild traffic and roads to get us to where we were staying. There are really no traffic rules (or lights, or stop signs) in Ethiopia – it’s quite the experience. We wanted to get to the TH and see Tsinat as quickly as possible, but also wanted to settle down for a few minutes, change out of our funky travel clothes and freshen up a bit… I mean, you want to look halfway decent for your first meeting with your daughter, right?

After a little over an hour, we jumped back in the van and took off towards the Transition Home. It’s about a 15-20 minute ride, but it seemed like it took FOREVER to get there. The boys enjoyed looking out the windows and seeing different scenery than back home; Lauren and I were each lost in our thoughts as we prepared ourselves for the moment we had been waiting for… when we would lay our eyes on our beautiful little girl in person! Of course, I tried to distract myself with meaningless conversation and questions to Lauren about when we should exchange our money for local currency (to which she replied: “Seriously?!?! THAT is what you’re thinking about right now? J). We arrived, coordinated with Yonas and Johnny about photographing and videoing our meeting and waited. We were literally moments away from a whole new world. I knew that nothing would ever be the same once we met… and in 2 seconds my heart would be wrapped around her little finger. We waited at the front steps, and then Yonas asked us if we were ready

She came around the corner with a HUGE smile on her face that could solve half the world’s problems, ran over to us, straight into Lauren’s arms… I wish I could say I remember the look on Lauren’s face, but it was just at that moment that my “allergies” kicked in and the tears streaming down my face kept the vision slightly blurry. She came to me and I picked her up and squeezed her so tight so that she would know that I’ll never want to let her go. INCREDIBLE… that’s the one word I can use to describe it. Well, that and PERFECT. The boys took to her immediately, hugged her as she picked them each up and then we all got together for a quick picture. It still seems surreal… I can’t begin to explain the joy that was in my heart the moment I saw her embrace Lauren. It felt like something broken inside was mending… like an emptiness, an aching that we felt while we were waiting began to fill and heal. No words… all emotions… absolutely incredible.

Now, I would be remiss if I made it seem like this is going to be easy. T speaks just about no English, and at this point in time isn’t overly enthusiastic about learning it or trying it other than when we try to have her say her brothers’ names. I know that is going to be unbelievably challenging and I know that she is going to grieve a lot, but meeting and spending the first day with her was priceless. Did I mention that she loves gum? Because, holy cow! She does! She loves it but also absolutely loves sharing it with all of the kids at the TH… and she loves playing games (on our phones). The first day was interesting in a way because we were definitely feeling each other out a bit. We had broken into her routine and were a big distraction not just to her, but to all of the kids (especially since there hadn’t been a family who visited in over 2 months). Yonas had talked to us about how busy the TH used to be with 8-10 families there at once… I can’t imagine how that would have worked logistically. I thought in my head that it was MUCH larger than it is in reality… so the idea of that many other families there sharing space would be difficult. I guess that’s one blessing of being there by ourselves!

We spent the morning with her and then went out to lunch at a nearby restaurant. That was the point in time where we truly realized just how exhausted we were. We wanted nothing more than to fall asleep right there, but wanted to get back and spend some more time with T before calling it a day. We decided to head back for just a little bit and try to spend more time together before we would go back to Yebsabi and crash. She loved showing off her brothers and they loved getting doted on and feeling like they were a part of such a fun group of kids. Too soon it was time to head back to Yebsabi but our bodies were telling us that we needed rest ASAP. Upon our arrival we crashed HARD for about 3 hours, woke up and had dinner, then went back to sleep. The boys didn’t really complain as they were just as beat as we were. Day 1 was in the books: it was wonderful, eye-opening and life-changing… and we knew that it was just the beginning.


Being prayed over on stage during one of the services at our church the day before we left


8 bags, some backpacks… full of TONS of donations! Thank you so much everyone!


Their first flights were to AFRICA. Nbd. They were amazing travelers – we were so thankful!!


The morning we met our girl – these three took to each other instantly.

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four, soon to be five.

We’re busy little bees over here packing & organizing & sorting donations (WOW y’all are awesome – the kids and staff at the orphanages & TH are going to be so blessed by all these donations!  They are much needed!).

A couple of weeks ago, Elizabeth from Almond Leaf Studios took some photos for us to document our last time as a family of four.  Can’t believe we’ll be a family of FIVE soon!!! Check out some of the photos in her blog post.  Love my guys!

Elizabeth is a contributor for Inspire Weddings & Marriage, the magazine I’m a part of, and we just love her!  So grateful for these pictures.  Can’t wait for there to be a fifth in our family pics!




In all the excitement, I totally forgot to post it here… but if you haven’t seen or heard, WE GOT A COURT DATE!!!!!!!!

Our agency called on Friday and let us know – we will be in court to make T legally our daughter on APRIL 10th!!  Friday was a blur of comparing flight options and figuring out our plans – but we got some great flights booked (thank you Jesus) and we leave on Monday the 7th!  One week!! We will be meeting our little girl for the first time on Tuesday, April 8th.  WOW.  We will also get to spend Jeff’s and T’s birthdays together in Ethiopia!  The boys are going with us and we’re all so excited.  

So we’re in a packing frenzy and trying to get everything sorted out – would love your prayers!  Here’s what you can pray for specifically as some have asked:

  • that the Lord would prepare us emotionally – Jeff and me, and T.  Just so many emotions and we’re excited, anxious, nervous… overwhelmed… also, T hasn’t been doing great lately, so just pray that our time together would give her the precious glimmer of hope that she needs! Pray for her health as well.
  • for safe flights and that the boys would do well on the long trip (I really think they will, but it can’t hurt to have extra prayers!)
  • for all of us to stay healthy the next few weeks and especially while we’re in country
  • for a sweet time of bonding while we’re there, and for the opportunities we’ll have to love on other kids/babies as well.
  • for her heart when we leave, that she’ll trust we are coming back – and that we’ll be able to return soon to pick her up and bring her home for good!

Thanks so much, dear friends!  Cannot believe that after nearly 7 months, the time has finally come! WE’RE GOING TO ETHIOPIA!

pieces of the pyles 3.26.14

No court date yet, but we expect to hear it any day!!!

I feel like I’ve read some REALLY good adoption blog posts lately.  Wanted to share a couple for anyone who’s interested…

THIS POST.  Written by my sweet friend Marissa – if you want to get a picture of what older child adoption will probably look like for us, read this.  Also, it’s just a really sweet reminder that even though we’re totally unqualified and unprepared (no matter how many books we read!) to parent this girl, we just need to LOVE her, do our best, and trust that only God can heal her and he is faithful.  Sister, you did an incredible job writing this!!

Why orphan care must be more than international adoption.  What we are learning, where our hearts are, and where we keep asking God to guide us in what he wants us to do about it. Good stuff, but not easy.  Here’s her follow-up post as well.

This short film had me in tears… it’s about a child in foster care, but so many of the themes are similar.  I know T (and we) will struggle with a lot of these issues.  It’s 12.5 mins long but very well done.

We went on a little family getaway weekend together a few weeks ago to a friend’s cabin – mountain cabin, fire, smores, hikes, happy family. It was really nice to get away and enjoy these little guys (and some date nights next to the fire after they went to bed)!  Can’t believe we’ll be a family of five before too long – as hard as it is to wait, we’re trying to make the most of our sweet time as a family of four.




Fraternal twins, identical sleepers.



If you’d like to get involved…

Hey friends!  We have been told to prepare for a court date that will likely be sometime in April (ahhh!!), so we’re starting to make packing lists and preparations!  When we go, we have the privilege of helping out by taking donations for the transition home (where T is living) and orphanages.  They count on donations from traveling families to help care for these children while they’re there, so we’d love to bless them in a big way!

If you’re interested in helping, here is a list of needed donations.  We’d love to collect as many as possible and take them with us on this coming trip and/or the next!  Thanks SO much for loving on these precious children and their caretakers from afar 🙂

Current Priority Transition Home Needs

  • Vitamin D drops
  • Coloring books
  • Crocs for children and nannies
  • Shoes and Clothing (gently used are ok) for children ages 3-14
  • Foam/Rubber (lightweight) soccer/playing balls for toddlers
  • Diaper cream, specifically with zinc oxide (Desitin or Boudreaux’s)

Orphanage and Transitional Home General Donation Needs

  • Clothing and shoes for children ages 8-14
  • Warm clothing-sweatshirts, long-sleeved shirts, etc.
  • Bath towels for children
  • Antibacterial hand gel (40oz containers available at Wal-Mart for $5 and personal containers)
  • Small sized diapers
  • Baby bottles and nipples
  • Vitamin D drops
  • Unscented baby wipes ***please note, unscented/sensitive skin wipes are the only type used***
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Scrubs for nurses and nannies
  • Crocs for nurses and nannies
  • General first aid items
  • Powder-free gloves for nannies and TH doctor
  • DVD and VHS children’s videos-especially Christian videos and/or ones with singing/dancing
  • Crocs for nannies
  • Toiletry bags (small) for children’s personal hygiene items (one per child needed)
  • Puzzles for young children
  • Toy cars and trucks appropriate for toddler aged children
  • Iron drops
  • Diaper rash ointment (A+D preferred)
  • Paper towels
  • Children’s clothing (new or slightly used); Boys and Girls; sizes 0-8 years. Clothing needs include day clothes (especially pants), pajamas, underwear, and shoes.
  • Diapers for up to 30 pounds
  • Toys to stimulate babies such as colorful objects, rattles, etc. that are appropriate for babies up to 2 years
  • Unscented baby wipes ***please note, unscented/sensitive skin wipes are the only type used***
  • Powder formula with DHA/RHA
  •  A + D Original Ointment, Diaper Rash and All-Purpose Skincare Formula
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Candles
  • Children’s Notebooks
  • Enfamil or Similac Lactose free formula*

*the following Generic Brands with identical nutritional value to Enfamil & Similac are also acceptable: Parents Choice formula from Wal-Mart, Target’s generic Formula, Kirkland formula from Costco

-Soy based or other special formulas are also acceptable as long as they are one of the brands listed above.

Medications/Medical Donation Needs**

  • Multivitamins
  • Tri-vi-sol (o to 6 months)
  • Poly-vi-sol (6 months to 2 years)
  • Chewable multi-vitamin (2 years to 9 years)
  • Adult multivitamin (9 years plus)
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen) – Infants, Childrens, & Suppository
  • Syringes for giving medicines (5mL)
  • Plastic and Latex disposable gloves
  • Baby nose saline spray
  • Neosporin
  • Mouth and nose masks
  • Benadryl liquid/elixir
  • Permetherin for scabies
  • Lice kits
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss

**Please check the expiration date on all donation items as expired items will be discarded upon receipt and cannot be used.

6 months {really} waiting.

It’s hard to believe, but on the 11th we marked six moths-half a year-of waiting to meet our daughter since our referral. Before PAIR, many families were home with their kids by this point! BUT-this month we rejoice because we got our PAIR letter and are moving forward! We’re getting closer to traveling! We celebrated with an Ethiopian feast.

We can’t wait to hear our court date!



It’s real!  It does exist! And WE HAVE IT!

On Tuesday, March 4th… our 8th wedding anniversary… we got the best gift – a call from our USCIS officer saying our PAIR letter had been issued!!! The BRI was on Feb. 28th, they cleared us the same day and mailed out our letter the next day, Saturday March 1st.  SO fast, I cannot believe it.

We have been on cloud nine!  We scrambled to certify our dossier documents (drove three hours to Raleigh yesterday, played at Marbles children’s museum while we waited on them to get certified, overnighted them to our agency, had lunch with a friend, & drove home!) so we can get our COURT DATE!

God is faithful – and we finally have our letter.  We’re getting so close to seeing sweet T’s face!

<<celebration dance>>

Thank you for all your prayers during this HARD wait since October.  We have truly felt them.

…come onnnnn, court date!

5 months {really} waiting

So, I totally forgot it was the 11th this time.  I was in the kitchen, chopping up veggies for the meal I’d planned for dinner, when I realized it was our 5 month date.  Turns out, I was already cooking an Ethiopian meal just because we’d been craving it!  Love how that happened.

We have certainly had our doubts and questions lately with why it’s taken so long.  Other families are starting to be submitted for PAIR, and some are moving very quickly (hallelujah!!) while others are getting stalled like us.  It doesn’t make sense.  But, we have felt so much more peace this month, even without much news.  We are so thankful for our friends who are praying for us.  Our discipleship group spent a while in prayer for us, and felt like God was telling them to pray for peace and patience – and we feel that. We’re so grateful.

Our BRI is on the 28th – it will happen while we sleep Thursday night/Friday morning.  We’d love your prayers for her birth relative’s travels for the interview, and that we’d quickly receive good news that we’re getting our PAIR letter and moving on to the next step!

We know God is faithful and he will bring our girl home at just the right time.  We rest in that!