Why We Adopted from Ethiopia

A friend asked me today why we finally choose Ethiopia to adopt from. I thought I would share the way God brought us to adopt from this country. When j and I finally started to seriously consider adopting, we initially wanted to go to an Asian country. When I taught in Saipan I worked with and taught Asian people and grew to appreciate their culture. However, my husband and I are not both 30 yrs. old so we could not adopt from China. We considered Korea, but through a series of events that door closed as well. So we began praying that God would give us some clear direction. Out of the blue a local adoption agency contacted us with a domestic situation and asked us to consider it. We initially had no desire whatsoever to adopt domestically. But then we began to...

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Adoption vs. Pregnancy

I was reading in some posts today from our agency, AWAA, about the frustration felt by parents who are adopting when speaking with friends and family about the “paper pregnancy.” j and I have been blessed with several friends and family members who immediately responded with excitement when we told them our plans to adopt from Ethiopia. We too, can relate to the blank stares given and the lack of enthusiasm shown when we tell our happy news of our new addition to our family. We know the happiness of bringing a beautiful child into this world and experienced first hand the joy that it brings friends and family. However, now that there is no “belly” to see growing larger every month, we can identify with those who have been met with a less than joyful...

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