Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Travel Dates

We got our travel dates today. Yippy!!!! We will be in Ethiopia on Jan. 25-29. We will leave Pittsburgh on the 24th. That means that in less than a month I will be holding my little girl. I can hardly believe that we are this close. It still seems so far away though I know it will fly by. Katelyn is so excited to finally be a big sister.

Friday, December 26, 2008

We Cry Out

Here is another cool Kim Walker video.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I got the call this afternoon that we did indeed pass our FIRST court date. God is so good. The best thing is that Matt had just come home from work and actually answered the phone. When Christy said she had good news to tell Matt was so nice that he put it on speaker phone so we both heard that "she was officially ours." I am so glad that we got to be together for this important call. We do not know actual travel dates, though Christy said it would be the end of January or first week of Feb. Either way I am only a month away from holding my little girl in my arms.

I hope you all have a very BLESSED and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Thank you for your prayers and support.

5 Months

Dear Emily,

Your baby is the star of the show. It's amazing what new tricks she's learning. She's actually learning a lot just from watching you. As her mom, you've taken on the role of teacher, too. So enjoy your little attentive student and keep introducing her to the world around. All babies develop at different rates. But, by the end of the 5th month, she'll probably:
Sit with support.
Transfer objects from one hand to another.
Make two-syllable sounds, like "ah-goo."

I got this in an email today and I have to say I sort of wish I hadn't signed up for this little report every month. Today it really hit me hard. I just want to be able to hold my little girl and show her the world and watch her grow. I have this overwhelming sense of longing for her. At some points I just cry because I so badly want to meet her and love on her.

Out of all the waiting we have done in this adoption, I have to say that the waiting to see if the judge has officially made your baby yours, is the hardest. I don't know if we will meet her in a month of in 2 months. I do know that God has ordained that special day and whether is later rather than sooner all of the waiting will be worth it!!!!

Our little girl will be 5 months old on the 28th!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Court Date Arrival

Tonight into tomorrow morning in Ethiopia is our first and hopefully only court date. It is so hard to believe that we have arrived at this point in our adoption. God has blessed us so much on this journey and I have truly come to understand the love of our Heavenly Father so much more this year than any other year in my life. I have learned how to truly step out into faith and be 100% certain that God is going to provide. This time last year was when we decided that we were not going to wait any longer and that we were going to begin the adoption process at the beginning of the year. Its amazing to think back on this past year at everything we have gone through to get us to this point. We thank you all for your support and prayers.

God already knows the outcome of court date and I am going to trust him no matter if we travel in Jan. or if we have to wait longer.

1)Please pray tonight and tomorrow for peace for Matt and I.
We will possibly not hear whether we pasted or not until the first of year.

2) Pray for all the people involved in our court hearing:
Almaz (director of Hannah's Hope)
The judge, that he would not find any reason to not approve our case.
For our little girls birth mom. Pray for God to give her comfort and peace in this time.

3) That our case does not get delayed and rescheduled to a different day.

4) That this is our one and only court date.

We worship an AWESOME God who can move any mountain. A God who gives us the desires of our heart. A God who pierces the darkest places with His light.

Thank you God for all that you have done in our lives. Please be with our little baby girl, hold her and comfort her now and forever. May your will be done today.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Floods in Ligonier

Today was an interesting day for us in Ligonier, PA. We should nomally be getting snow the week before Christmas, but today we got hit with a massive rain storm. We have a very small, peaceful trout stream that runs through our property, but now we have white water rafting rapids. This was pretty cool to see the waters running all around us, but I think I rather have the snow. Santa might have to water ski to our house this year. Below is a quick video from around our house.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Let the husband's talk

Hey guys, this is Emily's husband Matt and I'm going to have my turn on this thing. I never hear from the husbands, so maybe I'll start a trend.

I just wanted to share this video from a singer called Kim Walker. The youth pastor of our church introduced us to this song and has kind of become the theme song of our youth group. It's a simple, but amazingly powerful song. I love watching from about 3 minutes on when they start showing the audience. I run the sound at our church and I love watching people during worship. I usually will focus on the people who are so focused on God and praise him anyway they know how. I relate this song to our adoption process and how I feel that we are worshipping God by loving these special children we are bringing into our homes. I hope you enjoy!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Katelyn meets Santa

We got to meet Santa Claus this weekend. This man makes even adults believe in Santa. He is so soft spoken, great with kids, and such a kind heart. Katelyn wouldn't sit on his lap at first, but we told him that she was singing "Santa Claus is coming to town" and he sang the whole song to her to try and relax her. The sound on this is very weak, but Katelyn tells him that her little sister is in Ethiopia and that's who Santa is waving to.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas Season

The Christmas Season is upon us. Praise God that he has allowed this to be such a busy time to be waiting for a court date to arrive. Today was our Ladies Auxillary Christmas party. My mom, sister, Katelyn, and me all attended this special party. This was Katelyn's first year and she had such a great time. This Thursday I leave with my mom and dad and head to Charleston, WV for the Casting Crowns Christmas concert. I am so excited.