Saturday, July 31, 2010

Made me think!!!

My husband was listening to the radio in his car the other day, and he listened to an interview with Francis Chan (author of the great book - Crazy Love). He said that Francis Chan gave this as an example. I didn't hear this interview. I am just paraphrasing what my husband told me, but it really made me think - so I wanted to share it.

Francis Chan said imagine that you told your child to go clean his room. So your child went to his room for several hours and then came out and said...
I thought about cleaning my room. I understand what you would like for me to do, and I have read about cleaning my room. I have told my friends about what you said. We are going to study all about cleaning the room. Then you go to the room, and it isn't clean. Is this what you wanted? No, you wanted the child to listen to you and take action. You wanted the room clean.

Think about God's word in this way. You read the bible, you study the bible, you tell your friend's about Jesus, you go to Church to learn more about it. It is wonderful to do all the above things, but are you taking action? Are you living what you have learned, read, and studied? Think about it!!!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Travel Date!

We found out today that we have an August 25th Embassy date! It won't be long now. This adoption journey has definitely had its ups and downs, but we are so excited to finally bring her home.
We also received her birth certificate today. There has always been some question about her age so we were very anxious to find out what she would be given. We think she is a little younger, but her "new" birthday is April 9, 2008. That date makes her 11 days younger than Riley - too funny!!
Our good friends are visiting their little boy in Ethiopia this week. We hope to have updated photos of Ruth very soon. I can't wait to hear what they have to say about her.
Please keep our little Ruth in your prayers!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Scout Camp, photos and more

It has been a busy week! The whole family is so excited that we are all together again.
Ethan did great at camp. He earned 7 merit badges including the infamous "swimming" merit badge.
It was so great to see them on Scout Sunday but we were quickly escorted out around 2:00 pm because of severe storms. So fun!!

My mom came for a visit last Monday and Tuesday. It was a marathon shopping spree, but it was so nice to visit with her.

Once the boys arrived back home from camp they took a nap, and then we went out for a nice dinner!

This weekend my mom, aunt, and I went to a baby shower for my brother and his wife. They are expecting a baby boy in September.

Then we attended our adoption group picnic. Can you say hot!!!! It was lots of fun with great company so that made up for the heat.

Today at church, Devin won a Quantum leap pad for answering questions about the Armor of God. We are so proud of him!

Well, that is a quick recap of recent events. We are hoping to confirm Chris' travel plans for Ethiopia on Tuesday, but it looks like he will have an Aug 11th Embassy date. Yippee!!

Please continue to pray for our little Ruth!!!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

New picture

I love getting new pictures. It makes the wait so much easier!
We are so thankful for the other families who take the time to take photos for the families that are still waiting for their child/children to come home.
This photo was taken last week. I love this photo because she is holding a pen. This is special because you will seldom see our 4 year old without a pen in her hand.

In the midst of all the good news, we do have sick boy. Devin was diagnosed yesterday with Strep. He has been so good even though he doesn't feel well. He is trying so hard to be the man of the house, and he is doing a great job. We are also missing Dad and Ethan. We can't wait to see them on Scout Sunday.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010


We found out early this morning that our case was approved in the Ethiopian courts.
We would like to introduce Ruth Addisyn.

First photo - October 2009

April 2010

We hope to have her home in 6-8 weeks!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Independence Day and Webelos Camp

Happy 4th of July! We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday.
God Bless America!

Well, the 3 boys are home from camping adventure #1 (Webelo's camp). They had a great time and the weather was very nice. I am so glad to have them home for a day.

We will post court results tomorrow!