Once upon a time....

Flash back to 1999, we were a family of four. Happy in our new roomy house and comfortable in our ways. A few years later, the Lord blessed us with an additional little package, little boy #3. Now we were a family of five and sure that would be the end. As time moved on, so did we. The Lord used the time that passed to open our eyes to His will. Several years ago, Bob and I individually heard the call to adoption. It has been a long "pregnancy", but during this incubation time, the Lord has brought us to where He wants us to be. Spring 2010, we traveled to Ethiopia where two little angels were waiting for the Lord's timing - to become our children. Now we are home and can't imagine life any differently! What a blessing to be in His will.

Galatians 4:5 says "God sent Christ to buy freedom for us, who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as his very own children." We are just following his model. A Perfect picture of salvation.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Many of you know the dress delimna that we go through with Nardos on a daily basis. What can I say, she is a girly girl. In an effort to keep clothing costs to a minimum, I scouted around and landed on a pattern/idea of attaching a skirt to a t-shirt. Here are our first creations. We hit Wal-mart & picked up four shirts, then headed to Joann's fabrics to find material for skirts. It was fun! Here are a few pictures of the dresses.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Finally! Nardos' hair is long enough for two pony tails

Ok - so we don't call them piggy tails because as they were learning English,  "piggy" tails weren't as desirable as "pony" tails.  Nardos' hair was rather short as you can see in this comparison.  Anyway, the other night as we were combing her hair after a shower, I noticed how long it was getting and made the comment that we MIGHT be able to get it into two pony tails.  Needless-to-say, the next morning I spent a chunk of time combing and combing again.  If you have ever rolled out bread dough - it's a little like that.  As soon as I combed it, it would crawl back to curly!  Anyway, enjoy the pictures of our little Minnie Mouse!

Friday, November 5, 2010


As time rolls on, we have lost track of all of the "firsts" that the girls have had.  I have to admit I am patiently waiting for them to see their first snowfall.  In the meantime, I do my best to write down or somehow record through pictures the things they do and the things they say.  Beti is learning loads of things in 2nd grade and she is a great advocate for herself in that if she hears a new word, she is good about asking "what does that mean?"  Nardos on the other hand, is pretty oblivious to the finer points of English pronunciation.  She often misarticulates words - which typically results in rowdy laughter from the rest of the family.

Dad:  "Nardos, did you eat breakfast?"
Nardos:  "Yes, Daddy, I had nuffin." [nothing]
Dad:  "Nardos, you really need to eat breakfast.  We will be leaving soon for church."
Nardos:  "I did Daddy, I ate nuffin."
Dad:  "I don't understand, you ate nuffin for breakfast?"
Nardos:  "Yes and it was yummy."
Dad:  "Nuffin was yummy?"

>>>At this point, Nardos goes over to the counter and shows Daddy the "muffin" wrapper that she had emptied by eating the muffin not "nuffin".

In fact, just the other day, she had two nuffins for breakfast!

Half the time, "salt" comes out "sauce"; "darn it" comes out "donut".  My favorite is that she loves to do her "laundream".