Monday, April 15, 2013

Where We've Been

As you can see, blogging hasn't been a priority of mine lately. Somehow we get caught up in doing all of this, which leaves little time for much else. Enjoy the latest of our antics over the past couple of months. I hope to blog a little more frequently, but I wouldn't hold your breath.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

This Life is Meant to Be

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Metcha Day!

Three years ago today on a warm sunny day in Ethiopia, we met our little ones for the first time!

In the van on the way to the transition home, I remember feeling completely unprepared for this amazing, challenging roller coaster of a ride called motherhood, despite the stacks of parenting books I had read and the countless hours filling out paperwork tolling what a great mom I would be.
And then it happen... I got to hold Josiah...
and then I got to hold Alexandra...

Truth be told, I was unprepared. I had no idea that these two little ones would make their way so deep down in my heart that every day I love them more and am in awe of how God brought them into my life. I am one very blessed mama.

Even more special this year, we get to spend this day with our travel buddies. All of our little ones are not so little any more. They are all amazing and so precious.

Happy Metcha Day, Davids, Mihnovichs, Singletons, and Stums!

As Tracy said, "Adoption rocks!"

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Timkat

Our December and January are full of special days and holidays. So full that our final Christmas decorations came down just last week. Today we celebrated the Ethiopian holiday of Timkat or the baptism of Jesus. Here's a short blurb from National Geographic about Timkat.
We saw the video on Ethiopia from which this segment came before we traveled. As it so happens, we were actually in Ethiopia three years ago on Timkat. It was such a special time because it is the biggest holiday for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Not to mention that fact that the next day we were able to hold our little ones for the first time.

We didn't do a huge celebration this year, but I wanted to acknowledge the day with Josiah and Alexandra. God definitely worked out the details for me because we had two baptisms at church this Sunday. They were able to see a baptism and our pastor talked about what it means to be baptized.
Today, we talked about Jesus' baptism. We also talked about Ethiopia and how the church there celebrates the day. In honor of that, we gave both the kids umbrellas. (Watch the above video if our choice of gifts doesn't make sense.)
They were so excited and couldn't wait to show Grandma.
They can be left white or decorated and Alexandra was very excited to hear that she could paint her umbrella.
The Carpenters wish you a very happy Timkat!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Star of Bethlehem

I'm sure I'm not the only mom who is continually amazed at her child's development and learning, but Alexandra has not ceased to amaze me this autumn. While Josiah is at school for a few hours, she and I have our own activities to do together. Some times we bake or go shopping or craft. Today we were gluing together a crèche.

She was very deliberate with her glue and put it just where she wanted it. Then she put her star on top and remembered hearing about the star in Sunday school yesterday. This is what she said:
And recently whenever I have my camera out, she also wants to take pictures. She has her own child's camera and can take some decent (albeit blurry) pictures.
The Ornament Hanger

The Star



Baby Jesus
Here is her final product:

She did a great job with very minimal help from Mama. As a recovering perfectionist, it is hard for me not to "correct" or try to make it "better". I want her to learn how to do these things and feel the pride that comes with completing a project all by herself.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Everlasting Father

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

~Isaiah 9:6-7

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Papa's 80th Birthday

My grandparents both had wonderful celebrations with the whole family on both of their birthdays. I made a video for my Grammie's 80th, but hadn't yet done one for my Papa. So three years later, without further ado, here it is:
P.S. I'm pretty sure my grandparents don't read this blog. They are getting these DVDs for Christmas, so be very shh about it if you know them.

Support the Laughner's Adoption

Another AWAA adoptive family, the Laughners, are trying to raise funds to bring home their beautiful daughter from Ethiopia. Below is the sweet montage they made of this precious girl. Please prayerfully consider supporting them one piece at a time.