Thoughts on Ethiopia

Thoughts on Ethiopia

Next week will be our second year anniversary of “gotcha” day. It is amazing how the time flies by. Yet, I still remember like yesterday some of the pains of the paperchase and the long months of waiting, the frustrations that mount while we waited here to know who the Lord had picked out for our little family. I have been following closely what is going on in Ethiopia and I just wanted to share with you in case you are not aware. Over the last two weeks or so there have been rumors that Ethiopia would be cutting their adoptions by 90% as they purge a system they feel is tainted with corruption. Yesterday this was posted at Intercountry Adoption . March 9, 2011 Citing the need to work on quality and focus on more important strategic issues, the...

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Mission Trip Giveaway!!

We walked through our adoptions during the same general time period. She was greatly moved and her life has never been the same. And now she is offering a mission trip giveaway! One person will be picked (God already knows who that person is!) and given the opportunity to join her on her mission trip in February to Ethiopia. All you need to do is buy one (or more) of her great tee-shirts and your name will be entered in the drawing. Go ahead and do it! Your life may never be the same...

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One Year Video

OK, so we’re a few days late. And the video ended up being almost 20 minutes long. And it’s over 100 Mb. So, if you don’t make it through, we understand. And if you’re on a slow connection, all apologies. But here it is. The past year in a nutshell. And, at the beginning and end, some back-story, making it 3+ years in 18+ minutes. Not bad. Hope you enjoy. P.S. It’s Canaan, I know. It’s 2:26 AM, and I do not want to export this thing yet again. Maybe tomorrow. UPDATE: A few subtitles added to explain a few photos. Canaan now spelled properly. Thanks to all our viewers out there. Your kind words are much...

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Traditional Coffee Ceremony

Sunday afternoon we were able to experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony right in our local mall! We have a local coffee stand outside of the Belk store that really cares about good, quality coffee. The owner likes to educate people about coffee besides making the best coffee in the area. Not too many months ago he hired an Ethiopian woman, named Tigest, to work in his shop and that brought on this simple ceremony. Tigest sat on a little stool with a small gas burner outside the perfume section of Belk. We gave them a run for their money as she even roasted some beans!  If you have never experienced what the smell of...

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Beginning a New Year

j and I have had such a wonderful time here in Maine. It was so refreshing to spend part of the last day of 2007 down by the ocean where I spent hours and hours growing up. It seems some of life’s most memorable moments have taken place for me on the rocks of Down-East Maine. Growing up as a family we would take Sunday afternoon walks to the ocean where we’d pick up “treasures” that I still have today in my home in South Carolina. The night before I left for college to Florida I saw my first ever shooting stars lying on the rocks with my friends. j first told me that he loved me while we were sitting looking at the boats in the harbor (even though it took a couple years for me to feel the same towards him)! The night before our wedding several years later...

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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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