Sunday, September 7, 2014

1 Year "Gotcha HOME Day" Anniversary!!!

On this very day last year, God gave our family a huge MIRACLE!!!  Our prayer we prayed for over 3 years was answered...our daughter was HOME!!!  Life as a family of six was just beginning, and our hearts were (and still are!) overflowing with JOY!  Thank You, Jesus!!!  

"I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles!"
Psalm 77:11 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

1 Year "Gotcha Day" Anniversary!

One year ago today on September 4, 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  we walked up the winding staircase of the baby house at Hannah's Hope and scooped our daughter back up in our arms!    Gotcha, Caroline Faith Letehiwot!!!

Only by God's grace and strength had we made it through those long 6 weeks in between our trips to Ethiopia.  Finally our daughter was in our arms, and this time for good!!!

My heart was so peaceful and content with my daughter snuggled up next to me, and I finally felt like I could breathe again.  My heart was settled and at rest.  The long adoption journey was coming to an end...or rather it was all just beginning! :)

God writes the BEST stories!!!  We will celebrate her 1 year Gotcha Day Anniversary tonight with a family dinner and a gift that we bought her from our first trip to Ethiopia.  My heart is still so peaceful and content.  One year with her in our arms and there are days still when tears fill my eyes as I kiss her and hold her.  God's goodness and faithfulness continue to overwhelm me.  Just so thankful for this past year.

Happy 1 Year Gotcha Day, Konjo!!!  We love you, baby girl!!!

"They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness!"
Psalm 145:7

Monday, August 11, 2014

11 MONTHS HOME!!!


This past Thursday was a BIG day at our house!

August 7, 2014 marked exactly 11 MONTHS HOME with our precious Ethiopian daughter, Caroline Faith!  It was also our 1 year anniversary of being submitted to the Embassy!  

And it was also the day that these cute kids had their...

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!

Can't believe that we have a 5th, 3rd, and 2nd grader this year!!!  Plus one really precious little 2 year old! :)  We are starting to get back into the swing of things a little bit, and hopefully I'll have time for more blogging now that summer is over! 

I hear Little Miss waking up and the big kids will be home on the bus soon!!!  Thankful we are celebrating some really sweet milestones!  God is so good!!!




Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday,Caroline Faith!!!

Two years ago today across the ocean, a tiny baby girl was born in a rural village in northern Ethiopia. Her beloved birth mother was there to love and take care of her as best she could even though her physical health was failing. I can only imagine the love and adoration in her eyes as she held her precious daughter. The baby girl was named "Letehiwot" which means girl of LIFE. God had given this young mother a miracle with the birth and life of this baby girl.

One year ago today, the baby girl crawled around on the wood floors of Hannah's Hope in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She had been taken care of there for the past 9 months, and she was loved and adored by her special mothers. Just 4 days earlier her adoptive parents had an early 1st birthday celebration for her before they went back to the US...without her. God had given these new parents a miracle that Letehiwot had been officially declared their daughter by Ethiopian law. They just awaited the final step for their daughter to be granted a visa by the US Embassy to come home.


Today in Mississippi, this adorable 2 year old toddler is home with her family! They celebrated her birthday over the past weekend with a fun splash party with her best friend, MoMo, who was with her for months at Hannah's Hope in Ethiopia! Caroline Faith Letehiwot is loved and adored by her family and friends, and they are so thankful that she is home! God has given this family a miracle of redemption and restoration in the joy-filled smile of their baby girl!


Happy 2nd Birthday, Caroline Faith!!! We love so much!!!!

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