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.

Monday, December 27, 2010

I'll Try to Be Brief

It's taken me over two days to write this post, not because it's a work of art, but because my life can be busy and demanding. I thought that since I've hinted more than once about adding to our family, I would try to briefly summarize our future family plans. We've learned over the last few years, as our family has been grown by God, that He works mightily in behalf of our future children long before we identify them or bring them into our home. As much as I don't relish the thought of tons of adopting paperwork and the stress of the cost, Ethiopia has been planted in front of us at every turn. After the miraculous sale of our boat, which I tell about here, we knew that down the road, we would adopt from Ethiopia. After accepting that fact, although it looked rather unrealistic, we rested that there would be a time that we would know to move forward. I have to be honest, many times as I've struggled the last few years with children and their "special needs," I have thought that the last thing I needed was to start an adoption from a whole new country with children that would have a whole new range of needs. During those times, I've "rested" in the idea that I wouldn't always feel that way.

After attending the Orphan Summit in November, (which I personally consider the high-light of my year,) we both felt it was the time to actively work towards another international adoption. At this point, we know specifically what we think God is calling us to and are excited at the opportunity! There are a few things that we need to fall into place, but it appears that the Lord is working in our behalf. The biggest is closing on our home. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, the short story is that the market crashed in our area between our building loan and final loan, so we have been trapped with a ARM building loan for the last two years. While we haven't closed yet, we did get the appraisal we needed and it still looks like we should be able to close in January. Beyond that, we need to refinance a loan that moved our temporary home down the street to set it up as a rental. Finally, we need to pay off our current Liberian adoption loan, so that we can re-use it for Ethiopia. While it has taken us four years to fund our three Liberian adoptions, with the new adoption tax laws, we hope to be able to pay off an Ethiopian adoption in only a year. And for any wondering, I am a big Dave Ramsey fan, but I don't think it's irresponsible to have a low interest loan to adopt, especially when you know that tax time will refund the loan.

So, skipping forward, we hope to see the above financial things align by spring and then we plan on starting a new home-study. There are new challenges that we will face at that point, but since we know God is already working in behalf of the child(ren) that he knows will be ours, we trust they will also work out as we go forward in faith.

For the logistics, we hope to adopt two children that are at or under Elijah's age. We are also planning on adopting siblings that are one or both special needs. I have been told that siblings are rare and that we can not count on that, but I'm praying that God will align the paperwork cycle to allow us the occasional set of twins or young siblings. The reason for this is that we know that we want at least two from Ethiopia and it is way, way more affordable to do two at the same time, rather than separately, as Ethiopia is now requiring two trips per adoption.

I can be stopped in my tracks with all the unknowns, if I focus on them. Although we've done this before, it is still an emotional and unnerving process. What drives me is knowing that the Lord has set aside a child(ren) for our family and once it's "my" child, there is nothing that I wouldn't do to bring him/her home to our family.

So hopefully, 2011 will bring a new adventure for our family and two new blessings to love.

Here's one of my 2007 African blessings on Christmas afternoon; all the excitement was too much for her.

Julia asked me, just today, "Mom, if I get a sister from Ethiopia, will she be brown or peach?"


  1. Congratulations! It is so exciting to hear about your new arrival-on-the-way! :o)

  2. Great testimony, allowing and trusting the Lord to go before you. Following a similar path but God is pulling us along.

  3. Praise God, Jenny! He moves mountains and dries up seas. He knows all and can do all and will supply you with all you need for walking out His will. Praying for you, my sweet, inspiring friend!