Thursday, July 30, 2009


Part of the adoption paperwork is fingerprinting. I was so nervous getting my fingerprints taken. The woman kept telling me to relax, which didn’t help. I told her I’ve watched too many CSI episodes.

It still amazes me that God has given each of us a unique set of fingerprints, even identical twins! Our fingerprints are a small physical example of how He has stamped a unique identity and destiny on each and every life.

David and I can’t wait to begin discovering the talents and passions of Chernet & Misganaw. We are so excited about cultivating the seeds of destiny that God has planted in their hearts. We are praying daily for their emotions, their minds, and even their names – which we are trusting God to reveal.

Our fingerprint reports came back clean. I knew I had no reason to be nervous. Still I’m thankful that even if I had sordid past, in Christ, my record would be clean!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

a picture says a thousand words

Has an image ever turned your world around?

On July 1st our lives were forever changed by an attachment to an email from a friend of mine. The photo was taken by our friend, Kelly Putty at an orphanage in Ethiopia. She is a professional photographer using her gift to help find forever families for the children in the waiting program at Hannah's Hope.

Words can't describe the emotions that ran through me when I first saw their little faces. I couldn't contain the tears as I tried to tell David to come and look at my computer. He pointed to the very children I was moved by and said "Let's get them".

Two weeks later our dining room table is covered with paper work. We have been approved by the Adoption Agency to pursue the adoption of these two precious brothers. We are discovering daily all that we need to learn about adoption and parenting, but we are not alone.
One of our dearest friends in Nashville received the same email and are adopting one of the other boys from Kelly's photos.
We are overjoyed to be walking through this process with such amazing family and friends!