some good reads…

I know we’ve been lax on the blog… just busy and processing/praying a lot about our adoption.  Here are some great posts going around the adoption world that have been confirming what God’s been working on in our hearts lately (regarding ethical adoptions, pursuing a special/medical needs/waiting child adoption of some sort, and working to keep families together in the first place)… hoping to write up a more personal blog post about it soon.

Jen Hatmaker – Adoption Ethics Part One

Jen Hatmaker – Adoption Ethics Part Two

Jen Hatmaker – Adoption Ethics Part Three

What I Thought I Knew

and I’ll just leave you with a ridiculously cute photo of the boys, because… 



Mother’s Day 2013

We had a nice day celebrating!  The boys & Jeff made me breakfast in bed and they were SO excited.  It will definitely be a favorite memory–how happy they were to bring me their little homemade cards & gifts and smother me with hugs & kisses.  I love how affectionate and sweet they are.  We grilled out and enjoyed lunch on the patio for my mama with my family.  We missed Mom Pyles but are glad she got in lots of Rachel snuggles!!

We are so grateful for both of our moms – God was GOOD to us!  Thanks for all you do for us, and for setting great examples for us.  We love you both!

I thought a lot about our girl today–more specifically, her birth mom.  I don’t know what the circumstances will be around how our child comes to be in our family–but I am praying now for this woman.  There is so much more I could write about this, and I’m sure I will someday–but for now, I just pray that God will cover her and be with her, wherever she is right now.

So grateful to be these boys’ mom–it is the biggest blessing and greatest challenge, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I love my sons!

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6 months waiting

Yesterday marked 6 months since our dossier was sent to Ethiopia. We celebrated the half-year mark with an Ethiopian feast! Grandma even came over to join us – she agreed it was pretty tasty.

We continue to pray that God would lead us straight to our child/children – whether it’s continuing to wait, pursuing a waiting child, or something else entirely. I’m really thankful for the way God has worked on both of us and continues to teach us things during the wait. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for our little family.