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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We got THE CALL!!!!!

YES! It happened! I was not expecting the call. I honestly had it in my mind that we would be waiting a few more months. I just never thought it would happen right now.

Our case worker called Jay yesterday. He was in a meeting, but when he saw her number (and it's not time for our monthly update!) he immediately got out of his meeting and answered. We were on the wait list for up to 3 children, but requested at least 2 boys, and if there was a third in there we would take a boy or a girl. K wanted to know if we would be willing to change our parameters and consider a new sibling set they had that was a sister and brother. So, Jay hangs up ... calls me. I was attempting to rest - which you moms know is almost a joke! My "rest time" had already been interrupted 3 times by some precious children.

(I feel like I need to paint a better picture of the last month or so of my life . . . EVERYONE in my house has been sick during the last 5 weeks! 3 kids with the flu (ALL at separate times which equals very little sleep!), husband on 2 rounds of antibiotics, that alone = one tired momma. All this during the holidays and trying cook, shop, work, etc. Then we opened gifts Christmas morning and left to go to Atlanta for Jay's family Christmas (which was great!) But we came back Monday night to my house looking like a tornado went through it. 2 kids threw up in the car on the way home. My oldest has a 102 temp still. AHHHHHHH Take me a way! I spent Tuesday cleaning to have some sense of peace and had FINALLY said "momma is laying down for 30 minutes!")
So when he calls and asks what I'm doing, I say kinda irritatingly, "I was trying to get 30 minutes of rest!" He then says, "well K just called." WELL, I'm up and at attention!!! "She wants to know if we will consider a daughter and a son." ME - "YES!" So we call her back and have the 45 minutes referral phone call where we get all the details about them and we get to see them for the first time! MY heart melts. I'm trying to listen to all that K is saying, but those precious faces!! At the end of the phone call she asks if we want to move forward. We asked for some time because Jay was at work, I was at home and we felt we needed time to pray and talk as a family since this was different than what we had planned. (we had planned being the key phrase there!)

The kids had hair cut appts, that we were late for, and then we met for dinner. We told the kids at dinner that we had gotten a call from our agency and they were asking us to consider a 5 year old girl and 18 month old son. My kids immediate reaction was priceless. Our son Carter says "I call him my brother for my whole life!" Haley says, "they are ours, I know it, let's go get them." I was honestly worried about how they would react so they calmed me and gave me the peace I was looking for. Jay also said he knew they were ours. So, we called K back and said "YES!!" We are in love with them already. We would move ahead. We spent last night doing those lovely transition packets. Gotta love paper work! We got to 3 since we have children in different age groups and siblings!!! Finished it up and emailed them back.

Our plan is never really the plan to begin with. The fact that we got the call during absolute chaos I find perfect. Really, I love the chaos. Wouldn't have it any other way. I could do with out the flu, but I love being the mom and getting them through the flu. I love my house being a wreck and know it's that way because my kids are very comfortable in their home and want to be here. HIS plan is perfect. He knew all along I had these two beautiful faces waiting on me. He chose the perfect time for me stop and see Him when it was the hardest time to stop and see Him. Another reminder He is always in control and holding us in His hands.

Now we wait to hear about court dates. Not sure of the time table at this point. They should be home sometime this spring. We thank you all for your prayers and support!! We are just thrilled and in love with a picture of some beautiful smiling faces!!! I can't wait to get my arms around them!
Happy New Year to you all! What a fabulous way to end 2010!!!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010


This is why I had not started a blog until adoption and I still stink at it!  I get emails about how I have not posted in a while.  I usually wait until I feel led to say something.  Well, tonight I feel led and will probably offend someone - but those who know me know I do that regularly.  You never have to guess how I'm feeling.  I honestly wish more people would just express their true feelings and everybody could respect people's feelings, learn from them and if they differ, move on knowing this is what makes the world go round.  That was a tangent all to say, I'm going to state how I really feel!

I realized and have expressed many times recently I could really coast to grand kids at this point. I work a part time job at the children's hospital 2 days a week.  I am a mother of 3 awesome kids, all in school.     We have reached the school, homework, piano lessons, soccer, football, etc. stage in life and I LOVE IT!!  I love being a mom.  I love helping with homework.  I love reading books and being read to.  I LOVE the sports and cheering my kids on.  I love this stage of life.  I even love teenagers and hanging out with them.  So I'm ready for the next stage.   I know at this point I could coast until grandkids.

BUT, God did not call me to coast.  This is the simple answer to why we are adopting. We are all called to love and care for the orphans and widows.  Now, your family might not be "called" to adopt, BUT you are called to do something. That is very clear in scripture.   I wanted to put a word out because I have read on blogs and our list serv the beat down it takes to do fundraising and how that part can have such a negative impact on the adoption process.  Fundraising is like a full time job and it is hard when the same families help, support, give over and over and others just smile at you.  (some don't even smile, they are ugly! we won't go there)  We are so humbled and appreciative of all the help we have received.  We feel very blessed, but it is obvious that some are really struggling.  I have no clue who reads this, but I want to challenge you to really help those who are willing to bring in another child.  It is not something you wake up one morning and think, "hmm, I think I'll adopt."  It is a long and strenuous process that only God can put together.  Pray over that and see where you are supposed to fit in.  None of us were called to coast - we were called to do God's work.  And I promise you, you are in the plan to care for the orphans. If we all did our part think, wow, just imagine the work God could do for orphans.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


I love my family dearly! My brother lives in Asia. We get to see him and his family every 2-3 years. They have been in America for the last 9 weeks. We have had them in TN for about 4 weeks of that time. When they are home we squeeze all the quality time in that we can!
They board a plane tomorrow to go back to Asia and this is the first time I am having a VERY hard time letting go. We have left each other many times over the last 12 or so years. The first time was horendous! It never really gets any easier, it's always hard, but something I have always been able to handle in my heart because I knew he and his family are called there. This time, I'm very unsettled in my heart. I love my brother, my sister in law, my nephews and my precious neice (who can handle herself well with all those brothers!) I have tried to pin point why this time is so much harder. One thing is because the kids are getting older, I miss years of their lives. Our kids are getting older also and they all understand now what it means when they say good bye to their cousins. Lots of crying going on in my home tonight!

But this time I think it is harder because we are adopting. I want them here so badly to walk every step with us. I want the support we feel when they are around. Those who are or have adopted know the back lash that can occur. Many say very weird things. Some hurtful, some don't support you, and some just don't understand. With my brother and his family being missionaries, they have been in similar shoes many times. (really most of the time!) They constantly need the prayers and the love and the support. They greatly desire for people to see and feel what they do every day. I know they understand our calling and understand why we are doing this and have just simply loved and supported us through this. It has been so easy to talk about our journey with them. They have NEVER questioned or down played our calling. They listen. And they are so excited and did everything possible they could while here with us, which was more than anyone else has done. To have that love and support that was so easily there helped me breathe a little easier these past few weeks.

So as we say goodbye, again, I'm desparately trying to not pray some very selfish prayers. I would love for God to bring them home. But their calling is in Asia. Mine is here with orphans. This journey never ceases to amaze me. I love being able to see what God uses. I have very much fallen in love with all of those who need families. Everyone deserves unconditional love. Also, with this, he has given me another level of understanding and what I need to do to support others when they are called on their journey. Simply put - I might not get it, but I can support it and love them through it. My brother and my sister in law AND their kids have shown me that. I know they get it - the adoption thing, but they have shown me what simple love and support can do for someone who KNOWS they are doing what they are called to do and just needs to know there is somone who is walking beside them and provides that love and support. Period.

So as I cry myself to death over the next 24 hours, here are a few pics of all the cousins. Next time we will have a few more! How fun is that think about?!

We played ALOT!! Celebrated birthdays, played soccer, cooked out, took some field trips, biked, picniced, football games, Titans game, played in the creek, ate Ethipian, and LOTS of swimming and hot tub time!

Eating Ethiopian

And LOTS of swimming in the pool and enjoying the hot tub!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It's late...

and I'm learning eCommerce on the fly.  If there is someone out there who wants to try out my t-shirt web purchase using Paypal, I would love the feedback to see how well it works.  I'm sure I will make adjustments over time, but we just got the t-shirts in, and we are excited about getting them out there for everyone to see!

Monday, August 30, 2010

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When we were being led to adopt money was an issue for us, so instead of making excuses about money, I decided to find a way to make extra money.  I feel like I hit the jack pot with this company.  Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields are the dermatologists who developed Proactive.  They have a new skin care company that I feel blessed to have found and feel very proud to be apart of.  

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Thursday, August 19, 2010


I have just finished Radical by David Platt. I had to blog to say - YOU must read this book!

Someone had recommended it when I posted a couple of months ago about what God was doing in our lives and the message we had gotten loud and clear is we were not radically devoted. We were stuck in the American Dream. Then my brother came home for a few weeks this summer and he handed me that book. I read it and now telling you, you should read it!!

We have been fervently looking for a church home. We have attended a few churches over the past couple of years and this message of what being radically devoted to Christ vs the American dream has been a very common thread. I do not think it has been by coincidence that so many pastors have this on their hearts. God is sending a very big message to wake a lot of people up. I'm gonna say it and probably offend a few, but here it goes - Serving within your church walls is not active faith. We have found a way to be comfortable and trick ourselves into thinking as long as the "do nots" are not on our list of confessions we are covered. God has broken my heart over our faith being a collection of do nots instead of dos.
I live in Brentwood, TN - has to be in the top 10 most affluent areas in our country which makes it one of the richest places to live in the entire world! We are so unaware of what needs there are even in Nashville, much less around the world. We all give money easily, but that's not really what God is asking of us. What are you doing to truly impact the world for Christ? I'm struggling with what that is for me and my family, but I'm starting to do something about it. Friends, church groups, support systems are all important, but serving only within those groups is not what you were called to do. I know we like to believe some "were called" to foreign missions and that we were not "called." Well, God gave the great commission to everyone. That means you should be doing something, somewhere!

Go read the book! Pray over it and let's all start doing something!


(I feel like I could preach a sermon here, but read the book - then message me! I would love to hear what you think about it and what you see people or yourself doing!)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I'm finally downloading pictures from this summer. AND as a very PROUD momma - had to post some of my little fish. Our family loves summer swim team! They have all swam since they were 4 on swim team. (Mom being a pediatric nurse practitioner makes swimming a non negotionable item in our family! Good thing they all love to swim!) Anyway, we had a great swim season. Had to share some great pictures of victory!

Carter won high point winner for his age group - big deal if you don't know what that means. He got the most points for the whole season for the 6 and under boys and got a T shirt to wear proudly!
Haley did amazing in her championship meet! She got 6th runner up (out of about 200 girls I think.) YAY for Haley!!!
SB sporting her ribbons and metals from her championship meet. She was the youngest in her division this year, so getting some ribbons and metals is a big deal! She swam her personal best in everything she did - she's awesome!
Here's Carter sporting his trophy and metals. He won 4th runner up in the 6 and under boys. His relay broke the county record by 2 seconds - that's alot in swimming! YAY for Carter!!

I know parents who brag can be annoying, but I'm going to be annoying. I am so proud of all of their hard work!! Swimming takes a lot of dedication and gives so much back beyond metals and trophies! Very proud of them for getting up every morning and practicing. Takes alot of perseverance and courage to be on swim team. YAY for them! (and if I don't brag loudly, who will? Right?)
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

What is your story?

Here I go again.  I'm in church and this flood of revelation comes over me again. (singing the song below!)  I have another blog to write.  I have to tell you, that I am NOT a writer!!  (my family, especially my mother, will attest to this!)  So the fact that I keep feeling led to write I know is from God.  I guess someone out there needs to know what is on my heart.

A song I love and that is most convicting:

There is no one higher, 
No one greater,
No one like our God.

There is none more able,
Christ our Savior
Great and Glorious.

So I'll stand 
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all
So I'll stand
My soul Lord to You surrendered
All I am is Yours

Can you even begin to imagine what the world would look like if we all truly believed those words?  What I've been convicted of, is we are all supposed to have stories.  A story to glorify The One who gave it all for you.  I believe the story starts when you realize there is so much more to this life.

The week we decided to adopt our paster said something was exactly what we needed to hear to confirm the decision we had made.  We are all called to be radically devoted to Christ.  What most of us do is strive to live the American dream.  We live for life to become easier and more comfortable.  That is not what we were called for - we were not called to live the American dream, we were called to change the world . .  for Christ.  Most likely, if we were pretty comfortable we were not radically devoted.  

Through this journey, that I'm sure God is getting impatient with me for taking YEARS to realize, I have gone from being the selfish Christian thinking I was doing okay, to realizing I have fallen very short of what Christ expects of me.  Hate to admit it, but we had become very comfortable, again.  All 3 kids in school, I have a job that I work 2 days week - sweet!  We were set.  But had I truly impacted the world in a way that would have an eternal impact? This is the exact question that led us a few years ago to leave our very comfortable church. A very difficult decision.  We were sunday school teachers, worked in the nursery, took food, volunteered for VBS, etc.  All important things, don't get me wrong here, but for most of us, that is all we do.  We surround ourselves with what is comfortable and what is comfortable is being with people like us.   We were not radically devoted.

We, the whole family, spent yesterday serving in Nashville in an area that was devastated by the flood.  We served in a single mom's home who had no money to hire contractors so she was doing everything herself.  My girls vacuumed and mopped for hours.  Jay and I power washed and Carter jumped in on all activities.  I was so proud of my kids - we got no whining, no complaining, just dedication to what their job was.  I had reminded them when we woke up very early, that today was not about them and it was not about having fun, but rather today was a day we were giving back.

"Remember why we are out here."  Those were my words on the way.  We get the car to come home and they all were in great moods, saying how great they felt and that they really had a fun day.  I realized yesterday this is the culture our entire family needs to have consistently.  We give money (something the kids never see) much easier than we give our time.  
To whom much is given, much is expected.  I am constantly being convicted with that verse.  What I realized is if I don't start creating the culture of giving back with our time as well, will our kids ever find their story? 

I don't write all of this to bring light on what we are doing, but to inspire someone else and to glorify Christ.   It has taken me years to find my story.  What I now know is, my story is about orphans.  I have fallen in love and my heart breaks for those who need a family.  Your story might take you years, but I pray you realize you have one - an incredible one.  

So get out there.  Start creating a culture in your family that inspires every member.  I promise you will find God and He will lead you to be apart of His story. I know all of our stories will come together one day and glorify Him beyond our wildest imaginations!

There is no one higher, No one greater, No one like our God.
There is none more able, Christ our Savior Great and Glorious.

So I'll stand With arms high and heart abandoned In awe of the One who gave it all
So I'll stand My soul Lord to You surrendered
All I am is Yours

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What are you waiting for?

Feeling very led tonight to share some deep thoughts again. This will make two blog posts by me (wow!) and both kinda personal, but when you're led, you're led! Right?!

This journey has been a roller coaster of excitement to total fear!  I have been pondering that today.  My thoughts might be random, but do have purpose, so stay with me!  The excitement is that same feeling when you're pregnant and anxiously waiting to see what your child will look like.  The fear is the same as when you are pregnant when you think, what in the world have we done! How will I ever do this?

My husband's mother died of ALS 8 years ago, the week our 2nd child was born.  She lived for 2 years following the diagnosis and required frequent care quickly and actually lived with us her final year.  That time period was the hardest thing I have ever done.  I knew we had to care for her, she was only 56 and a nursing home was not an option.  I can't even put into words what that 2 years was like.  We were very young and not prepared for that journey and we grew up very quickly.
I remember during that time my mom telling me God was preparing me for something big.  I might not know what it was and it could be years, but I would know at some moment that God used those 2 years to prepare me for a greater purpose.
Fast forward to February of this year, we tell my family we are going to adopt from Ethiopia.  A couple of days later I'm on the phone with my mom and she, being the good mom, says "I have to say this as your mother, but I hope you have thought this through, you do know how hard this is going to be?"  At that very moment and those words I knew this was it!   Her words from 10 years ago came flooding back.  I had faced hard things and came out better from going through them.  My husband and I had faced more things by the time we were 27 than most will in their lifetime.  We have really struggled to even connect with couples our own age (that is so hard to admit!) because in 2 years we had gone from being 25 to 55.  During that time period we felt so isolated.  It was a hard journey , BUT if we had not gone through that and really grown up (that's what we call it!) and let Jesus wake us up to our selfishness we would not be on this journey now.  I KNOW that in my soul, and all this came over me in a split second from that one question out of my mother's mouth!  This was it.  God had a big plan 10 years ago.  ALS never makes sense.  Prior to Jay's mom being diagnosed with ALS, I will tell you honestly, we were very selfish people.  We thought we knew what being a Christan was and played the part well.  Very active in our church and taking meals when we should.  But that journey woke us up!  Since then we have been on a spiritual journey that I have been glad to be on.  We ended up leaving a church that we had been apart of for 17 years.  That was very difficult but we knew was leading us else where.  At this moment on the phone, I'm realizing that God used something that was so heart wrenching and shook our lives up for decade now so we could get on the real path.  We still have a lot of growing to go, but I am so grateful to be in the middle of his will, his plan and I am so grateful to be used!

So, why I am telling you all this, because I know everyone of you reading this has fears.  I can't even type all the fears we have faced over the last decade.  God has used what ever life experiences you have had to prepare you for an awesome work.  I truly believe that.  I pray that as I feel led to share more of our story that you will be challenged to find your calling.  We have faced many fears.  It was not easy to take care of  his mother.  It was very scary to leave a church that we were very comfortable in.  It has been very scary to decide to adopt.  But we are stepping out on the water.  Peter was scared to, but Jesus was always there.  This journey I have been prepared for.   I might be scared and clueless, but prepared because I know this journey is God designed.

So, what are you waiting for?  God has plan and you are apart of it!  Step out on the water!
I think many of you need to go listen to this song and listen to what He is stirring within you!

If you are in the middle of a rocking ocean, remember, Jesus is there with you!

Love you all!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

The answer to the question I get asked ALOT! WHY?

I know I am not a good blogger - obviously should work on that!  Honestly, been a little busy with a new job at VCH (which is awesome) and filling out all that paperwork!!  Good news - dossier is in, hopefully will be on the waiting list early next week.  So we should have more to update in the coming months.

I decided to go ahead and start typing the story to why we are doing this.  It is THE #1 question I get ALL the time.  The answer could be simple - there are orphans who need a home and a family and I have a great one! If it had been that simple we would have done this a long time ago.  God's timing is always perfect, but I am ashamed to tell you I was no where near understanding the orphan crisis in our world.  As a professing Christian, I should have known.  God made it clear in the Bible we are called to take care of the orphans.  I know that looks different for everyone, but obviously, some of us are or were ignoring our callings.  Here is the story where we started paying attention to ours.

First, I cannot remember a time I did not know in my heart I had children somewhere else in the world.  I have always known I would adopt.  I ignored and made excuses for a long time, but always knew.  (more on the excuses later)  I always wanted a big family and am very blessed with 3 healthy children.  They weren't easy to get here, but by the grace of God, they are here and well and I'm a mommy.  It was very clear after the birth of our 3rd I would never have any more biological children.  I had accepted that and was grateful to have 3 healthy ones.  The current chapter really starts 2 years ago.  I met a girl in Monkey's Tree House when I took my kids to play.  Her name was Kristi.  She and her family were starting the process of adoption from Ethiopia.  I happened to be with another adoptive mom that day and introduced them to each other.   We had a great chit chat that day and I moved on.  Fast forward a couple of years, my heart began stirring for adoption again last fall, 2009.  I would bring up with Jay and we both had a lot of excuses.  The money needed to bring them home being a big one.  Second being the fact we are already a family of 5.  Adding to this crew changes a lot.  The car you drive, your vacations, camps and activities we can afford for the children.  And then there's college!  Oh my!  How do you pay for all those kids to go to college?!  On and on we could go with that list.

Basketball season started this year and Jay and I were coaching Haley's team.  I keep seeing this girl that I know I know her but for the life of me cannot place her!  See her every Saturday and just let it go finally.  UNTIL one night in the Cool Springs Mall.  There she is again.  She walks in with her crew and sits at the table next to my family.  She is holding a beautiful baby girl from Ethiopia.  (side note - my family has NEVER eaten dinner at the mall and we have not eaten there since that night).  It all hits me again, that I know her, but cannot place her, but I know her whole family story.  I almost left the mall that night, when God stopped me and I walked back to her table and told her I know she must think I'm crazy but I know her story, but not your name!  She asks me mine, remembers me, because how many Candi's are there?!  Reminds me of our meeting in Monkey's Tree House and that starts the conversation! For those who know Kristi, you know her excitement and love for orphans is very contagious.  We end with her telling me to go home and watch Lucy Lane's Gotcha Day video on You tube.  (You should really watch that video by the way!)  Well, I'm in tears.  Praying a few days later I get hit up side the head by God.  I realize all those excuses in the last paragraph sound very shallow.  I SOUND SO SHALLOW!  Am I really going to stand in front of Jesus one day and tell him I did not follow this calling because I really wanted to take my kids on a Disney cruise and I would not have afforded that if I had adopted an orphan?  Also, there was that $20,000-$30,000 to bring home a child.   Well, there again, I was putting a price tag on what I thought God was capable of doing.  He had to remind me that He is much bigger than $30,000 and the blessings I would receive from my future children far out weigh any Disney vacation or camp I might send my child to.

Moving on to Jay, I tell him where I am.  He actually listens, watches the video. His words on the video, "now that's strong."  We agree to start looking into adoption.  Well, "looking into" turned into we are adopting pretty fast.  Once God and I had that serious one on one I knew I was ready.  Jay was not too far behind me now! I remember emailing Kristi telling her we were seriously looking into everything and we would be adopting form Asia!  She emailed me back, saying "don't count out Ethiopia, they will steal your heart."  I laughed it off, kinda!  My brother is a missionary in Asia and has been for many years.  I have been very fortunate to travel over several times and see some of southeast Asia.  So I really thought that is where our kids are located.  We research Asia and talk to a few agencies and the door is closed several times over in many countries and agencies for Asia.  During this time I'm praying and it becomes very clear to me we are to adopt siblings.  Well, now I'm petrified to tell Jay.  How do you go from not being ready to adopt, to finally saying yes let's adopt A CHILD and then your wife walks up to you and says, "Honey, I have something to tell you and I'm a little scared to. But I really believe there is more than one child for us, we are supposed to adopt siblings."  That's exactly what I did one night when he was sitting in the den.  He looked at me, smiled and said "I'm at the same point.  God's told me the same thing."  WOW!

Siblings are not common in Asia - another message. Skipping some minor details,  that lead us smack dab to Ethiopia!    I quickly knew it was Ethiopia.  I fell in love!  I know my children are there.  There's a song we sing in church a lot and one phrase is "break my heart for what breaks Yours."  That is exactly what God did to us.  Our hearts break for the 5 million orphans in this country and the 147 million world wide.  My heart personally has been spread wide open.  I feel this is only the beginning.  God has big plans and I feel so honored and humbled to be in the middle of His plan.  

So today I am so grateful God put a stranger, who has become a friend, to push us onto our path.  Thank you Kristi for following your calling to lead others to follow theirs.

God always uses the ordinary to do the extraordinary.  I hear a lot of praises for us and what we are doing. Hear me (read me!) clear - this has nothing to do with us personally.  This is about us following the calling of what God has on our lives.  Living in His will is where the blessings lie.  May you find your blessings.

Much love to all!

Friday, March 12, 2010

It's Candi this time!

Hello friends. I'm finally writing. We have been doing a lot of writing with this new journey we are on. Oh the paperwork - it kinda reminds me of labor in a way! I must say I do prefer being pregnant this way.

We have handed in all of the paperwork needed for the home study. Now we are trying to complete the dossier. At the same time trying to do some fundraising. We are having our ( I hope to be) HUGE yard sale on April 17th! Any donations are welcomed and deeply appreciated. And come shop! Many treasures to be found! We did find out this week that we will be required to travel twice to Ethiopia. While there are positives to this it does mean more cost for us. God is much bigger than any amount of money. And I believe with my whole heart he has lead us here and will be bring us home with our new babies in His time with the money being a way to praise Him for providing. I have signed on to be a consultant for Rodan and Fields to try and make some extra money. If you have not heard of this new company, or if you have, please check out my website or contact me and I would love to show you these wonderful skin care products.
For those of you who work out and need an extra boost, also check out Another very cool new product I was turned onto by my brother. Buying this helps with his work in Asia. (use HORN as the promo code when ordering and receive a discount)

My heart has been spread wide open with this journey. I know this is what I was called to do and really look forward to seeing where all God leads us with orphan ministry. I have always had a passion for children and just love them to pieces. I feel like my loves, gifts and talents are all coming together to truly make an eternal impact. It's an incredible and honoring place to be standing.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

What a Week!

We just finished our first of many long weeks of paperwork, and I think this is just the beginning.  10 notarized forms, in duplicate...multiple trips to and from Catholic Charities social worker's office to pick up and deliver forms, checks, and more forms...then to the Metro Police Station for fingerprints for our FBI background check (we were both a little relieved that was our first and hopefully last trip to the downtown Police Station).  We've signed more things that I'm not sure anyone could truly read and comprehend what we have just gotten ourselves into!

Paperwork hysteria aside, we have this week signed the contract with AGCI, so the adoption process is now in full swing.  We have so much to do, and our goal is to get our Dossier completed and be on the waiting list for our new children within the next 60 days.  A tall and exhausting order, with many things out of our control standing in the way, but we pray everything will go smoothly.  With all of these moving parts, it's tough to keep organized, and I hope we are able to take some time and share with you in detail what you can expect step by step through this process.

In the meantime, we just had a non-stop typical Saturday, consisting of 4 basketball games, a soccer game, and 2 birthday parties, including Carter's 6 birthday party at Let it Shine which was so much fun.  We ran ragged all day and had a blast - we wouldn't have it any other way.  Needless to say, at 9:45 now, we are exhausted, and I'm the only one with eyes still open, though not for long.

We are taking a much needed break tomorrow morning, and the kids are excited about doing worship at home.  We are going to get everything for the adoption organized, and get the house under control...Candi is working some extra shifts and she's exhausted, and if "Momma ain't happy...." well, you know.

This week we will be getting our physicals finalized for our home study after we get all the tests back from the lab...we will be sending our fingerprints off to the FBI for our background checks (side note: it's taking 10 weeks to get an FBI background check right now!  Seriously!?!  The girl who took our fingerprints said they get theirs back in 24 hrs and we have to wait 10 weeks!  I'm just sayin'...)...we need to finish our autobiographies (now that will be fun) and fill out a few questionnaires for our home study...and hopefully have a call with our AGCI case worker so that we can begin the rest of the Dossier paperwork and start our adoption online education courses that are required.

So much to little time...and yet we are encouraged by a girl at Vanderbilt who is adopting siblings from Ethiopia and has not even finished her paperwork to get on the waiting list, and they got a call that there are 2 boys in Ethiopia waiting on them when they complete their Dossier.  So what we were hoping was going to be a 10-12 month process, may take half that long.  So we must prepare for a very quick and possibly long process, as no two sets of circumstances are alike.

We covet your prayers and your comments of support.  We have talked to many of you, and as time permits, we look forward to talking to everyone.  We are excited for what God has laid on our hearts and we thank you for joining us.


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Welcome to Our First Blog!

In the coming days, weeks, and months, please join us here as we keep our family, friends, and anyone who will listen informed of our journey of a we seek to adopt siblings from Ethiopia! In some ways, we are at the very beginning of the adoption process, and in other ways, God's hand has been guiding us toward this moment for some time. Stay tuned as we share with you the events and circumstances that have prepared our hearts for this moment, as well as keep you posted on the current and future details of our adoption process.

2/10/10 - Pre-application submitted to All God's Children International (AGCI) - our adoption agency based in Oregon
2/21/10 - Submitted online application to AGCI for approval to adopt siblings from Ethiopia
2/25/10 - Received phone call from Tiffany at AGCI that we are Accepted to Ethiopian adoption program
2/27/10 - Mailed letter to close friends and family notifying them of our big news!

Future Events:
3/2/10 - Our first appointment to begin our Home Study with Catholic Charities
3/3/10 - Orientation call with AGCI to review the entire process