Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Meetcha Day" Anniversary!


One year ago today we landed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and entered the black gates of Hannah's Hope to meet our baby girl for the very first time! These are the "good" pictures from that moment. Let's just say that Caroline Faith Letehiwot and I were BOTH crying when I held her for the first time! This adorable, but terrified 11 month old sweetheart had just met her new parents, and she was not too sure about us!  We asked ya'll to pray for her heart, and we saw God begin a miracle in the days ahead. Even through all the tears, this was a sacred and precious moment that we will never ever forget! We were living what we had prayed for and dreamed of for over 3 years, and it was completely surreal and amazing to see God's plan unfold as we finally held our daughter in our arms!


Happy "Meetcha Day" Anniversary, Baby Girl!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

1 Year Ago: Travel to Ethiopia Day One!

Just one short year ago, we were finally on our way to Ethiopia!!!  A day we had been praying for and dreaming of for years!!!

Today I am sitting here typing and watching all three of our girls stunt and tumble up here in our playroom!  I have even spotted a few stunts! Haha!  And yes, Caroline Faith is only 23 months old and already loves to cheer and tumble (she loves her front rolls)!  No surprise...she just wants to be doing whatever her big sisters are doing!! :)  It's so fun watching them playing together!

Hard to believe that a year ago, we were just days away from meeting our baby girl!!!!!

"Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies!"
Psalm 36:5

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

1 Year Since the Travel Call!!!

One year ago today on July 15, 2013, we got the call we had been waiting on...we were going to ETHIOPIA to meet our baby girl!  We finally had a court date, and we needed to be on a plane to Africa in just 3 DAYS!!!  To say we were excited is a huge understatement!  We were ecstatic, giddy, joyful, and so
thankful!!!

  

It's one year later, and the girls and I were doing a little shopping at some of the summer sales this morning, when we saw this outfit on sale.  It was too perfect to pass up for Caroline Faith!  I know most of ya'll remember how special bluebirds were to us on our long adoption journey.  God used them as a sign to remind us of His faithfulness through the years of waiting.

And I just love that this little bluebird is singing away!  I think he is singing praises to Jesus, just like we are!  It's going to be really sweet and special over the coming days as we remember where we were just a short year ago!  Going to re-post some travel days of meeting our daughter!  Can't wait to look back!!!

We've come so far in just a year, and we are singing of His faithfulness just like the bluebird! :)

"I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High."
Psalm 7:17

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

10 MONTHS HOME!!!


Monday, July 7, 2014 marked exactly 10 months HOME with our Ethiopian princess!!!  It's been a great month filled with lots of summer fun at the pool, baseball field, vbs, playing outside, a trip to Tupelo, 4th of July fireworks, and occasionally falling asleep watching Barney! :)

We are just having so much fun with our almost 2 year old!!!  She has a really big day coming up this month!  It's her second birthday, but her first birthday to be home with us!  Can't wait to celebrate!  This 10 months home is a special milestone because she has now been home with us longer than she was at Hannah's Hope (her transition home in Ethiopia)!

Our hearts are full and thankful to the Lord for all that HE has done!  Great is His faithfulness!!!

Happy 10 Months Home, Baby Girl!  Love you MUCH!!!

"Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds."
Psalm 36:5

Monday, June 16, 2014

Happy Father's Day 2014!

Happy Father's Day (just a little late!) to this amazing Daddy! We are beyond blessed that God gave us you!!! We love you so much!
"The righteous who walks in his integrity- blessed are his children after him!" 
Proverbs 20:7

Monday, June 9, 2014

9 Months Home!!!

Saturday, June 7, 2014 marked 9 months home with our Caroline Faith Letehiwot!!! She loved going to the beach for the first time! Loved the sand, ocean, pool...everything except sleeping in the pack 'n play! haha! She is a little fish for sure, and has no fear of the water! Gotta teach this little baby to swim this summer!  It was so amazing having her with us on our family vacation this year! Still feels a little surreal! Thanking Jesus every single day!!!

Happy 9 Months Home, Baby Girl!!! We love you so much!

"May my lips overflow with praise!" 
Psalm 119:71

Friday, May 23, 2014

One Year Referralversary!!!

Exactly 1 YEAR ago today on May 23, 2013, we got THE CALL that we had been waiting on for almost 3 years...the referral call for our baby girl in Ethiopia!!!  And of course, it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT when we saw the face of our adorable 9 month old daughter, Caroline Faith Letehiwot!!!  We had prayed by name for years for our daughter, and we finally had a PRECIOUS face to go with that name!

I can't even express the joy that we felt that day as we watched the faithfulness of God and the goodness of His timing unfold before our eyes!  It was truly one of the most AMAZING experiences of my life!  Exactly 6 months to the day of our daughter entering the gates of Hannah's Hope in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, God gave us a true miracle...her paperwork from Tigray (the region of Ethiopia where she was born) was finally signed and released and she was ready to be referred to her family!!!  I feel like God reveals to me more and more each month what a true miracle this really was!  She was an orphan no more!  Our lives changed forever on that beautiful afternoon in Fairhope, AL as we learned all about our sweet Caroline Faith!

After she woke up early this morning, I put her in the bed with me and just snuggled with this little love whispering prayers of thankfulness to Jesus.  Even a year later, the tears are still flowing as I think of all that He has done for us!  Thank You, Jesus!!!  And Happy 1 Year Referralversary to our little Konjo, our beautiful girl of life!  We love you SO MUCH!!!

"You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever."
Psalm 16:11