In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


We made it to Hawasa today; It took about four hours to make the "one to two" hour trip, which means it will take at least six hours to make it back to Addis Ababa tomorrow. Our driver has graciously found the best bathroom stops along the way. While everywhere still looks like Ethiopia, Hawasa has a different feel. We met with the missionaries that Aunt Deb did a wonderful story on in the Calvary Chapel magazine. Here are some pictures from our day -

Loading the van with our luggage-

Our stop along the way for water and a bathroom -

We are staying in a nice new hotel, but our 3rd floor room required four sets of stairs with our luggage and no elevator.

I  purchased a cool straw bag for 50 birr, which is about $2.50.

At the orphanage there were crazy tropical birds in the trees and a passing monkey.

And of course, lots of darling babies and precious older children. None can be adopted right now because the Southern region of Ethiopia is closed. There have been four adoptions to missionary families however. I would like to show pictures but I didn't ask so I'm not at this time.

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