Thursday, June 25, 2009


I know how my YG friends LOVE to blogstalk, so while in ET we will try to email posts to our blog.  I will not be able to read my comments until after we return home.  We are also hoping to use twitter, but we still need to sign up for an account.  I will post when we get it done.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

City mice moving to the country...and wild geese

So, we are moving the country! We made an offer on a house, and with a little wheeling and dealing, we now are about 6 weeks away from closing on our new house, closer to the church. Before Africa (leaving in 10 days), we have to finish the inspection and all our loan documents...blah! I have now washed all of JG's clothes, and am starting to pack. Our doctor does NOT want to prescribe us any meds for scabies, so if there is anyone out there who has leftover scabies cream, i would gladly accept the donation! Everyone is asking about the boys: yes, they are excited about JG coming. yes, they are a little jealous. yes, they are excited about the move, but they are also sad to be moving away from their "cousins", the Laggs. As my friend Kari says, we are "chasing the wild goose."

Friday, June 19, 2009

In the last week...

we have finally passed court. booked plane tickets to ethiopia. babysitter w/ a blackbelt booked tickets to the Rouge. gotten a purchase agreement on our house that has been on the market for 11 1/2 months. taught & done drama for VBS at our church. started packing. swimming. Rave movie festival. and gone WAY over limit on my cell phone charges. seriously, it's crazy here!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

Coles are heading home!

Right about now the Coles, our adoption friends from Natchez, are checking in at the Addis airport to fly home with their son Alexander! We plan to meet them at the Baton Rouge airport tomorrow night @ 8 pm. I will try to post a picture after that. Our agency has let us know that they are still needing a few peices to come together before we can expect a successful court tuesday. Optimism is not flowing in our household and unfortunately, there is no epidural for the pains of adoption. I think that going to meet the Coles will be good for us, to remind us that there will be an end to this. One day it will be us getting off a small plane, covered in formula and who-knows-what-else with crazy hair and tired eyes, but filled with joy, holding our girl.

Friday, June 5, 2009

New TTDs

We received our new tentative travel dates today. If we pass court on June 16, then we hope to leave the first weekend in July and be gone a week. We have tickets on hold with Susan Parr Travel, and our travel dates will be confirmed by Friday, 19th if we pass. I'm pretty sure Susan is tired of holding tickets and cancelling tickets for us over and that makes one more person hoping that third time's the charm! There are alot of other AWAA families with court within a week of us, so we should have a good travel group if all goes well!
PS. if you are a burglar with evil intentions our house will not be empty..and our babysitter is a black belt in Taequondo!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Audacity to Hope

Two weeks to our third court date. I am once again prepared for the worst. But inside me lurks the audacity to hope. Perhaps it is because I have seen God work in the past and i trust Him for the future. Perhaps it's because dean and i have recently been on a low-carb, low-fat diet and a 5 day running/biking exercize plan and we said we'd order Pizza Hut the night we pass court.....Romans 5:
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.