Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
We caught the train early and attended a fundraising brunch for a youth outreach program called GRIP; its mission is to serve local churches and communities by helping them reach at-risk youth and grow them up as fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. The program we attended communicated some startling stastics about fatherlessness, violence and the daunting challenges facing these young kids/young adults daily. Whether its in our backyards, our state, our country or the world at large, there is no shortage of ways to share His love with others.
After the luncheon, we hit the stores of Michigan Avenue and wandered around a bit before heading to our hotel. Blake was able to get a fabulous room rate at the Hotel Intercontinental which is a historic Chicago landmark-of-sorts right on Michigan Avenue.
We ate dinner at Vongs Thai Kitchen and on our walk home stopped at a corner Walgreens for some Haagen-Dazs mango shebert (heavenly!).
My mom recently requested pictures of her kids (& spouses) that were NOT shot at arms length. With three of her children married but with no kids of their own, we figured that's how all couples took their pictures! :) Anyways, these are for you, Mom.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Cuteness at it's all-time high! Too bad you'll have to spend this week sleeping in your basket instead of in Uncle Blake or Aunt Christine's arms.
Here is Jonah, ready for church & looking oh-so-handsome. Perfect photo-op...
Be good for your Mama, boys, especially later this week when Daddy's away flying. We love you!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
God does not ask us to wait without purpose; He continues to mold & shape us, to strengthen & refine us. He has done that for us as individuals and as a couple throughout this process. We are convinced that adoption was in God’s plan for us all along and we wait with GREAT anticipation for the day when we hold our son for the very first time.
Even though it spans the greatest amount of time on the calendar, this post entry (Part IV) will be the shortest. There's not much to say; waiting is waiting. And, although at times it appears no progress is being made, we know that God is “working all things together for good.”
When we shared with family & friends our plans to adopt a child from Ethiopia, we included one prayer request with the announcement. It was as follows: We sincerely covet your prayers for wisdom during this emotional & exciting process – specifically that we can live believing in God’s ability to create faith in our hearts which is greater than our fears. It is our prayer to this day & we are so very thankful to serve a God who is always listening.