Welcome! As we step out in faith to adopt from Ghana, we started this blog as a way to share the story of our adoption journey with family and friends. Step by step on this journey we are learning to trust in and rely on God all the more.
If you would like to start reading about our journey from the beginning start with the January 1st post, "How it all Started".

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Children of My Heart

I love you so much and yet I don’t even know you.
I long to hold you and I don’t even know your names.
I pray for you wherever you are.

Are you still with your family?
I pray they are loving and caring for you as best they can. Be with them as they are about to make one of the hardest choices they’ll ever make.

Are you are still with your family and it’s not safe? Are you alone on the streets?
May you run to the arms of safety. I pray protection over your bodies and souls.

Are you already in an orphanage waiting for us?
May God bless the hands that are caring for you.

My children I love you beyond words, miles, and the time that passes before we are together.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

While Looking Through the Window, We Wait

We stand looking through the window of adoption loops and blogs. We watch as some families get their referral, as some meet their children, and as some bring their children home.We are not sad. We are not jealous. We don’t quite know what we are feeling.

At the beginning of this journey things happened so fast and now there is really nothing to do but wait. We are not upset that we have to wait; we know that it is a part of the journey.

There is plenty to do. We are still waiting for the certified copy of our home study. When that comes in there is more paperwork, the house to be made ready (like the major renovations Ken has started in the basement), and who knows what else. Right now it starting to feel more like a dream than a reality.

Over the last few weeks the song "While I'm Waiting" by John Waller has been running through my head. This will be our prayer as we wait.

Here are the lyrics...

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I'm waiting
I will serve You
While I'm waiting
I will worship
While I'm waiting
I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it's not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait

I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve you while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting on You, Lord

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tonight I Am Heart Broken

(Hopefully it's okay to post his picture here)

After M & C returned from thier first trip to Ghana, they shared with us about a sweet 2 1/2 years old boy who had just arrived. I totally fell in love with him. When I first saw his face I said out loud, "Are you my son?" Even though I knew he was not meant to be ours.

Sampson, who's beautiful brown eyes drew everyone in, who touched the hearts of many, who almost had a forever family, died tonight.

What is comforting to know that his weak body is now strong, his sorrow is turned to joy, and he safely in the arms of his heavenly Father.

If you'd like to read about him you can do that here. Another post where you can also link to his adoptive family and a couple who were with him the day he died click here.

Please say a prayer for those closest to him. There are many who are grieving tonight. His adoptive family, the caregivers and children at the orphanage, and his birth father.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

They're Home!!

Our friends, M & C, returned from Ghana yesterday with their children and we were able to go meet P & M last night. It was so surreal. We’ve seen their pictures, seen videos of them heard their sweet voices and about M & C’s first visit to Ghana; now they are here.

Face to face reality: Beautiful brown eyes, gorgeous smiles, her cute little toes and his adorable accent; a link to our future. We am on cloud nine. We are so very happy that our friends have their children home. Their waiting is over and a new chapter of their journey begins. It was so fun watching Ken play cars with their new son and watching C putting puff balls (I think that’s what it’s called) in her daughter’s hair and listening to M & C begin to describe their "Gotcha" trip.

We're so excited as we look forward to the day we will be at this point in our journey.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


My heart is pounding!!! We are so close to the next step!! Last night we received the draft of our home study report. Today I spoke with the director at the adoption agency to make sure she got a copy. She said once she looks it over and gives the approval we can contact our adoption coordinator & start talking children!!! She said that I will probably be able to call tomorrow. Now this does not mean we’ll be referred children right away, but we will then join the other families who are waiting for referrals. YAY!!!!