"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meanwhile in TEXAS

SNOW! Missing these guys like crazy!  We are so thankful for an AWESOME Gigi that kept these boys for a really long time!

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Day We Met You (Day 3)

We arrived in Ethiopia around 10 am and the driver took us to the guesthouse to drop off our things and then we headed straight to lunch with the rest of the group.  It was so fun to meet all the families that have walked this journey with me.  We ate at a greek restaurant and then after that we headed to the Transition Home to meet our baby girl.  It is hard to even describe the emotion of seeing her.  It seemed so surreal.  We were holding our daughter.  We had several hours to spend with her and she did great.  She smiled and we fed her and gave her a bottle.  After we left, we went to a cultural Ethiopian dinner and we were exhausted.  Jet lag had caught up to us in a big way.  I took so many pictures that I cannot even begin to put them all here.

Ethiopia Travel Diaries Day 2

I have been dreading blogging about my days in Ethiopia.  Not because it has been bad, but it is just so much.  So much to process and so much that I really cannot put into words.  So, I am going to attempt to just get what I can written down.  

Today was a day of flying.  We woke up to more snow and our flight was delayed by several hours, but it was still ago and an answer to prayer.  I could not believe we were flying across the world to finally meet our daughter.  We were finally about to meet the little girl we have been on our knees praying for.  We would finally hold her and she would officially be ours.  I would cry on and off on the flight just in disbelief of the whole thing.  It was a long flight and very hard to sleep, so we arrived in Addis exhausted.  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ethiopia Travel diaries day 1

Whew!  This day has been a crazy one!  We got up early, packed up about 10 suitcases, and headed to the in-laws to drop off the boys for ten days.  This was the hardest part for me.  Leaving them for a month is not easy for me! But, we got to the airport and we are ready to head to Dulles in Washington, D.C.  We noticed that many if the flights were being cancelled because of weather and that was a little worrisome, but our flight was ago.
Until right before take off.  On the Tarmac.  We were told that we would sit for an hour and then either go, or head back to the terminal.  We were frantically trying to get ahold of our travel agent and finally got an alternate flight.
But, to our surprise, it was a go!
This is what we flew into!  Huge snowy blizzard!  Awesome!
Even better, our plane exited on the little stairs straight into the cold.  We shook it off and took it as part of the adventure!

But then, getting to the hotel became a nightmare.  No one was getting out of dc for the night, so everyone was catching a shuttle or a cab.  The snow was so pretty coming down, but it was causing a mess!  After 4 hours sitting at the airport, we finally had someone pick us up and take us to the hotel.  And to make a long story short, the hotel Restaraunt closed for the night so we finally got Chinese around 10 pm.  
We did take a small hike in the snow for some treats. Why should I expect the journey to be without twists and turns.  It's been this way from the get go!  I should just embrace it and enjoy the ride! Right?  Praying our flight takes of in the morning.  We are coming Annie!!!!     

Friday, January 23, 2015

New boys' rooms

We decided it was time for Clayton to have his own room.  So as usual, my Dad and Mom come to the rescue.  My Dad that can do anything and my Mom that can design anything were on it.  They came up with an amazing design for loft beds for Oliver and Elliot that made them super excited to share a room.  I am always blown away that my Dad doesn't need any blueprints or directions, he just does it.  We are so thankful for him. He worked every single weekend for months getting these rooms done.  It is so hard to get it all in pictures, but it turned out perfect.  And Clayton thinks he hit the lottery.  In true teen fashion, he likes to close his door and  be ALONE.  We are annoying to him!  Ha! 

I found this deer head at Round Top and knew I wanted it above Clayton's bed.  I had a bunch of wood and some stain, so I was able to make it look really cool.  
Clayton put all of this together.  He hung the shelves and put all of his legos up.
He got this neat locker for Christmas from my Mom.
And I found this old printing press drawer at Round Top for his lego mini figures.  I love how both rooms turned out.  Next update is my room.  We have never had a nice bedroom, so it is time!

Annie's room

This room was just an extension of our master bedroom.  There were french doors to this room from our master, but that was the only entrance.  Kind of a hidden room.  It was Joel's office for awhile, but the people that built this house did not really have usable space in mind.  When we knew we were going to adopt, my Dad immediately figured out what we could do with this room.  My Dad can do anything.  So, he opened up a door in the hallway, closed in the door in our bedroom and voila. We now have a fourth bedroom.  The walls had to be textured and we needed new carpet, and of course PINK walls, but it is beautiful and I could not love it any more.  My sister bought us this beautiful crib and she gave us the furniture 4 years ago.  I just painted it white.  My sweet friend, Sheri, made the curtains and the bedskirt for her crib and I seriously cried when I saw them.  They are perfect and everything I had dreamed of.  The finishing touches are not added yet.  We still need pictures and curtains hung.  But, otherwise, it's ready for our baby girl.