Saturday, May 30, 2009

fun random photo shoot...

Emmy got her hair cut today. Here are a few pics of her new hair-do.
Also Wednesday is my USCIS appointment (immigration). Please pray with us that everything will go smooth and that we can get the last FEW adoption papers done quickly. Thank you! :D

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Homestudy Complete and moving forward...

So our next step in the process is getting our petition to adopt turned in and recieve a form called 171-H. This gives us the OK to adopt from Ethiopia!! :D
We are turning our application in by next week. Usually the processing time is 6 weeks for this form. If it will be a quicker processing time to hand deliver the application I will, if not I will mail it. Pray with us for a smooth processing time and for us to continue to trust the Lord in our waiting. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

URGENT NEED: Forumla Needed for Malnourished Babies in Ethiopia

(I don't post this to GET you to donate. If you do donate out of love, awesome. But I am asking for your prayers for these precious children. God's children.)

"One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them." Mark 10:13-16

The following is a story from a woman who works for our agency (AWAA) in Ethiopia. She is speaking about the orphange our child will be living...


Even though I grew up in Ethiopia, I never knew just how badly babies suffered from malnutrition until I returned to Addis and started working at the AWAA office there. The children at our Transitional Home come from very remote areas. Their families are unable to feed themselves let alone their children and usually relinquish them to their local orphanage when it becomes evident their children will die if they don't.

It is hard to see malnourished babies, so tiny, with just skin and bones. I remember the first one I saw, we will call her Gracie. She looked like an old woman in a baby's body. She had big eyes that seemed so wise and testified to what they have seen in the short months Gracie has been alive.

That was a few months ago, since then we have admitted many more babies in such condition. And looking at Gracie today, I can't believe she is the same baby. I knew she was a beauty but it really came out once those cheeks filled up. She is still tiny but the pound she has gained in the past week has made a world of difference in her appearance.

I look at the others and feel the same way I first felt with Gracie, dejection and fear that she may never make it. The right type of formula for such babies is hard to come by. In fact any kind of formula is expensive and hard to come by. We have babies who need this today so we work tirelessly to get the best formula possible for malnourished babies shipped from the US.

It is not fair for a baby to have sad eyes like Gracie's or for a baby to cry out of hunger and not have that need met.

Worse yet, it is not fair for a baby to die because of malnutrition. And yet, that is what happens daily in Ethiopia. Today, I am praying for the babies lying still in their cribs. I am praying I will see them feed soon (they are now on feeding tubes). I am praying that their tiny lifeless legs will slowly fill with flesh and will wiggle and play like normal babies do.

Here's what we can do to help. CHC will raise $12,500 to purchase what is known in the U.S. as "Nutramigen" formula. This type of formula is necessary because traditional formula cannot be digested by malnourished infants.

You can participate by making a gift of any size. A gift of $30 will buy and ship one can of formula to the chidlren in need. Right now if you give $30 it will be doubled to $60! The first $500 we raise will be matched dollar-for-dollar. If we hit our goal, we can send 400 cans of formula to starving infants in Ethiopia.


Ethiopia Urgent Need