Saturday, December 25, 2010

Greatest Christmas gift ever!!

Yesterday, Jeremy and I received the best Christmas gift anyone could have ever given us (except for actually having Ethan home with us, of course!). An online buddy of ours who is currently in Ethiopia got some photos of our sweet Ethan AND she also captured the most precious 12 seconds we have ever seen on camera, a short video of our son laughing and smiling. I wish I could post so you can see how beautiful he is. But trust me when I say he is just adorable!! We couldn't be more in love with him! His curious eyes were following the cameras and he kept looking at his caregiver as if to ask her for permission to smile and laugh. Simply priceless!!!

It is so good to see him looking well and healthy. God answered our prayers! I pray he continues to stay healthy and strong until we are able to bring him home!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More adoption disappointment...

The road to adopt is full of disappointments. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Yes, it is beautiful, rewarding, fulfilling and very much the plan God has for our lives but it is by far one of the hardest processes anyone could ever go through. And today we received yet another disappointment.

Jeremy and I had applied for an interest-free loan to be able to cover the final costs of our adoption and unfortunately today we received a "we regret to inform you..." letter from them explaining they did not approve us for the loan.

Although VERY devastating and much uncertainty surround us now, we know that God will supply our every need because "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it..." (psalm 24:1)

We cry a little and then pick ourselves up trusting God is in control and will do "great and mighty things" (Jer 33:3).

So, having said that, I'd like to emphasize our ongoing fundraising efforts once again:
- Our coffee store

- Keyla's CD

- Jeremy Robinson Photography

We are so grateful for your contribution!
God bless!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Nate and the presidents

This is an adorable video! A co-adoptive mom using the same agency as ours posted this video on YouTube of her son reciting all of the presidents of the USA. After visiting Mt Rushmore earlier this year Nate became obsessed with the presidents of the US and says he wants to be the president someday. It is too cute!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sip some delicious coffee, help us bring Ethan home!

We've partnered with Just Love Coffee, a fair-trade coffee roaster. Visit our storefront at:

Every item you purchase from this link brings us closer to the day when we can finally bring our baby boy home! Plus, it can make for a really cool and unique gift!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Birthday Boy

Yesterday was Ethan's 7-mo-old birthday.
Although we're not together, we are celebrating with him.

Ethan, wherever you are, know that mom and dad are wishing you health and wishing we can hold you very soon!

Monday, December 6, 2010

New Bed/Sick Baby

It is so strange how human beings can easily go from one spectrum of human emotions to the complete opposite in a matter of seconds. I'm sure I'm making absolutely no sense to you right now so I will explain.

First emotion: Thrilled!
Jeremy and I found an amazing buy on Craigslist for a crib/dresser combo. I REALLY wanted a Crib4Life set but we knew with all of the adoption costs still lingering we just could not afford it. So I began my search on craigslist for a 'gently' used crib/dresser combo. I came across one that at first wasn't the color I was looking for but the price was just right. I thought, "why not!" So we decided to go take a look at the crib and yep...we fell head over heels with the crib and dresser. The owners had the combo for 10 years and I just could not believe how well taken care of the furniture was. It was just an answer to our prayers. PRAISE GOD!!! He really is in the tiniest of details. While I was away singing in Mexico this weekend, Jeremy and a dear friend of ours from church went to get the furniture and my sweet husband spent Saturday night putting the crib together. Oh, how I love him!! :) He decided the crib was just not complete unless it had a mattress so he headed out to Wal-Mart and purchased a great mattress and some sheets so our sweet Ethan can sleep comfortably and cozy when he is finally home.

Here are some photos of our great find!

Second emotion: Heavy-hearted
We received word from our agency that our precious Ethan is sick...again. He suffered from pneumonia early last month and it seems it has returned again this past week. Our hearts are just so heavy in knowing across the other end of the world our child is sick and we cannot hold him and take care of him. We know there are nannies and capable medical staff taking care of him but I can't help think how scared he must feel and how much more he needs his mommy and daddy near by to reassure him that everything will be ok. It's been a hard day for me. I really hope you can keep him in your prayers as he recovers from this infection and also pray that our court date can be scheduled REAL soon so we can finally be together with our son.

Lots of love!