Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Wonderful World of Blogging

Blogging. hmmm.... I really didn't even know blogs existed until about a year ago. (Yes, I know I am really not cool.) Once I started to peek into the adoption blog world it was like an explosion. One would lead to 10 more and then to another 20 more and so on. I couldn't believe all this had existed without me knowing. Once we started our adoption we decided to start blogging about it so people could check it at their leisure without us bombarding folks with info. So that's how it all began. 
Now I have the beginnings of an extended family just from blogging. I have met and made friendships with some amazing people. People I would likely never have met. 
Today a woman who's blog I read often became a mommy. I wanted to jump up and down for her.I felt such joy in her experience. 
I didn't realize part of what made adoption so cool is the community that comes with it. These are the people who have struggled, who have had faith, listened to God, followed their convictions. These people take risks and jump when others stand aside. I feel privileged to peek into their lives and I hope you follow some of the links on the side and read their stories as well. 

Thank you blogger.com! 

Monday, January 26, 2009

Public Confession- I was wrong




So...about 4 months ago my best friend told me she was thinking about switching to cloth. She wanted to know my opinion. Well I preceded to tell every reason I could think of why she shouldn't do it. Then she told me more about the "new" cloth diapers. Much easier, much cuter, very comfy, etc. I still was very skeptical. 

Then I decided to crunch some numbers to see if it was worth it. I figured my son who was at the time about 15 months old would be in diapers until age 3 (21 months left + 36 months for baby #3) So I have at least 57 months of diapering to go. Whoa! I usually buy diapers at Costco. So at $40/ month that would equal $2280.00. This does not include my daughter who is 3yrs and still wets a few times a week at night. If I made the initial investment of $300-400, I could save $1800. WOW! That's a lot of money.So I changed my mind and quickly became a cloth diaper fanatic. 

Here we are 4 months later... I am still loving them. I feel a huge sense of pride every time they come out of the dryer clean and I prepare them for later. It's weird I know. I love them. I love how soft they are on his skin and how dry they stay. I love the colors and the fact my Costco bill is lower. I also made my own wipes and have saved money on those as well. I gave my daugther the choice of wearing her Fuzzi Bunz or a pull up to bed and she always choses the cloth diapers. She says "They are so soft on my bum and not scratchy on my side." 

So to my best friend.... I was wrong. You were right! They are the best!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Birdie for the baby


I found this idea at http://www.spoolsewing.com/blog/2008/05/16/bird-mobile/.
They include a free pattern.  I can't wait to post the finished project.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Living the Red Letters



I picked up a great book: Red letters: Living a Faith That Bleeds by Tom Davis. It's not a great book like the Twilight series, that you can get lost in. It's not like an encouraging devotional. It is basically a butt kicking fall on your face kind of book. I so struggle with the pain in the world. I don't know how to I comprehend the sadness , hurt, and injustice around the world yet still live in my comfort. I feel helpless to do anything. This book is amazing at calling us, the Church, the stand up for those without a voice. My heart is aching for the men, women and especially children in this book. I can see that seed God planted many years ago is growing bigger than my chest can contain. So what to do..... When God called Moses and the Israelites into the desert He provided them with a cloud. When they set up the tabernacle, God would remain as a cloud by day and fire by night. When the cloud was gone, the people were to pack up and move on until the cloud reappeared. If the cloud remained, the people were to stay. They had very little info. They knew they had been called to be a Holy nation and they knew God would provide them with a Land. They had very little info on the journey. God has called us to adopt. We are not done there. We don't get to check the box , cared for oppressed- done. He continues to call us to care for the oppresed, the orphans, the widows, etc. So what now. I hope adoption for us is not just an event but a lifestyle. I hope to devot a large part of my life to encouraging others to adopt and maybe doing it a few more times ourselves. 
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Sir Winston Churchill

Tuesday, January 20, 2009



Yesterday my Dad, Husband, Father-in-law, Brother-in-law, and nephew started moving into our store. We are beyond excited to get up and running. Hopefully in a few weeks our doors will be officially open (I feel like I have been saying that for months now. )
www.winestyles.net\canyonpark    

Ashes to Africa

I just finished reading this book. It is a couple story from infertility to adoption from Ethiopia. I think it took me maybe a day and a half to read it... i couldn't put it down. I was really struck by their honesty about their marriage and struggles. Highly recommend it to anyone considering adoption, especially from Ethiopia.  

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Favorable Determination Letter

We received our letter today for advance processing for an orphan petition. Only 3 weeks ago we submitted our paperwork and were fingerprinted. I guess things at homeland security are a little slow lately. Yah! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What the bible says about adoption


What does the Bible say about caring for needy children?

 

James 1:27 – Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

 

Psalm 127:3,5 – Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them,

 

Psalm 68:5,6b – A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.

 

Psalm 82:3 – Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

 

Matt. 25:40 – The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

 

Adoption as a Ministry of the Church

 

James 1:27 says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

 

The Greek word for “look after”, “episkeptomai”, does not merely mean to go to see, but to relieve the problem. Not a shallow term, it implies a commitment to fully meet the needs of the person to whom we are ministering. James indicates that this type of commitment is an outpouring of a heart determined to follow the Lord rather than the world’s standards.

 

It is every believer’s responsibility to care for orphans, not just a select few. If we truly believe this, in every church there should be families ministering to “orphaned” children in a variety of ways. While some families can welcome a child into their homes, others can help make this possible financially. Still others can provide respite care or make physical modifications of the church facility.

 

The method a family chooses to minister to children needing families isn’t as important as the fact that we all should be ministering to these children in some way. The love that we lavish on these children will be both a testimony to the world and an opportunity to show our love for the Lord.

 

Ultimately in the day of judgment “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

 

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. 

Copyright  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. 

Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

www.kingdomkidsadoption.org

Pictures!

Emelia and her friend Ali
 "Ali and I are princesses and Isiah is our prince"
Happy Charlie "I love buttons"

Sad Charlie "Give me Fooood"

Official vs unofficial numbers

So I have been reading other blogs from our agency, All God's Children, and have realized there is a bit of a game going on. Our case workers call us (not often enough:)) with our official waitlist numbers once a month. In the in between time the other waiting families stalk each others blogs to figure out our unofficial numbers off of who has received a referral. I am starting to catch on but I could easily go crazy playing this game. here is my best guess for now at our unofficial numbers

26 girls

15 boys

I will be expecting a call this week with some official numbers which will be higher. Once a family receives a referral there is some paperwork and Money required before it is considered official. 

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Names so far: Levi Weiseth or Naomi Weiseth

Andrew and I have been playing the name game. He says a name I say "no". I suggest a name, he says "no". We have basically playing this game for 4 years. Our first child I named. The minute I was pregnant I told Andrew this baby is named Emelia. I was delighted to find out 4 months later that in fact I was having a girl. So maybe this wasn't fair to Andrew but it is what it is. So when I got pregnant with our 2nd, Andrew told me this baby will be named Charlie. I tried to come up with other names but I couldn't find any I liked. Over time the name Charlie grew on me. Now I couldn't imagine Mr Charles to have any other name. So here we are again playing the game. This time it seems more challenging. We really want our baby to have a name that has strong meaning attached to it. Also it needs to be a culturally black and white name. Since our child will be part of both communities. So here is what we have come up with so far:

Boy: Levi Weiseth (Ethiopian given name for middle) 

Levi means "to attach". Levi was the name of Leah's 3rd son in Genesis. More importantly I was reading Joshua a few weeks ago and was struck by the message. In Joshua 13:33 it says" But to the tribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance; the LORD God of Israel is their inheritance, just as he said to them." This is exactly our heart in this adoption. We cannot give our Ethiopian child what they could have from an Ethiopian parent could. They will not receive an Ethiopian inheritance but we CAN give them the LORD. Our child will be raised to know Jesus! 


Girl name: Naomi Weiseth (Ethiopian name for middle)

Means "pleasant"

Ruth 4:14
" Then the women said to Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you without a redeemeer and may his name be renowned in Israel." 
Naomi changed her name to Mara, which means bitterness" after the death of her husband and two sons. The verse above is after Ruth was blessed with a son, Obed. He was then the grandfather or King David in the lineage of Jesus. The LORD had a plan to rescue Naomi all along. To turn her bitterness into joy.  If we have a daugther, the LORD will be her redeemer as well. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Numbers

We are officially on the wait list!

For Boys



For Girls


Thursday, January 1, 2009

We made it

We left for Yakima on Monday morning. It took us over 5 hours (usually only take 2.5) to get to our hotel. The pass was horrible but then from the pass to Ellensberg was even worse. It was snowing very hard all day and very windy. I was so thankful my hubby is such a good snow driver. Once in Yakima we ran some errands and then went to dinner at the Second Street Grill. I ate slider burgers (mini burgers). I had always wanted to try them. Then We went to Walmart- this was my first trip there. I don't have any words to describe it except it was really BRIGHT. Back to our hotel to sleep a few and wake up for a fingerprinting. Our appointment was at 1130 but the nice security guard helped us get an earlier appointment for 0830 so we could head home sooner. This was such a huge blessing. Our appointment went great. Although... I was told I don't have good prints. Apparently my prints are rather shallow and don't mark well. Each finger I had to redo about 4 times. We then hit the road back home. The roads were completely dry and the sun was shining bright.
We ended 2008 with finishing all paperwork for our dossier and USCIS.
Now 2009 we wait. We wait to get that call, see that email, look into those eyes for the first time.