We are so excited to share our Ethiopian adoption adventure, and our CRAZY lives with all of you! Our hope is that it will encourage you to step out in faith to do what God has called you to do! There are FIELDS of fatherless children waiting for someone to care for them, to love them, to tell them of JESUS' love for them...will YOU be the one??

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Merry Christmas?!?!? OOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Um.  Um. Um.  Hm.  How do I say this. WORST.BLOGGER.EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's been two and a half months since my last post, and well, those who follow me on Facebook know....Naomi is HOME!!!!!!!!!!!:)  And we have been BUSY BUSY BUSY!  What with Halloween, 2 rounds of assorted sicknesses, 2 birthdays, and Thanksgiving.....yep, a little busy;).  Anywho.................

Our case was cleared by the Embassy on Oct.4th, and I left the 11th to go and pick her up.  God was SO EXTREMELY faithful to give me peace throughout the whole trip!  Plus, he added a sweet little bonus on the trip there!  At my layover in Washington, I ran into Tim and Tama Gray, a sweet family we met on our court trip, and they were going to pick up their kiddos too!!  THANK YOU JESUS!  We talked, reminisced, and just praised God for His goodness to us in allowing our cases to clear quickly!  SUCH a sweet blessing that was!:)

I spent the week at the transition home, sadly, with a very sick little baby though:(.  Naomi had a horrible stomach virus, with both vomiting and diarrhea, and this Momma was more than a little stressed.  BUT, I was just surrounded by the kindest families, who prayed and helped me out when needed.  I could NOT have asked for more!  There were five  families there, adopting a total of NINE children, including Naomi!  So exciting!!!

By the time we left, Naomi completely turned around and was back to being her happy self!  TOTALLY GOD!  We made the 20+ hour trip home without "incident"(no vomiting OR diarrhea).

Since we've been home, the transition for Naomi has been seamless!  She has fit in SO well, and we are SO COMPLETELY IN LOVE with her!!  The kids fight over her, and love rubbing her hair;).  She is just a JOY!  Annnnnnnnd, are you ready for this?  She is WALKING 95% of the time!!  We think she is only about 9 1/2-10 mos. old...so it's just CRAZY to see her walking!  And she is SO smart!  I will feed her bites of food, and then say "more", do you want more?  And now she "pretends" to hold a piece in her hand, put it in her mouth, and says "mu, mu", when she wants a bite of something!!  When we ask if she wants to play "peek-a-boo", she'll take our hands and cover our eyes with them!  She knows her name and is saying Momma and Da-Da, and "lella"(Bella-our dog)....she babbles constantly!;)  She also holds the phone to her ear and says "lo, lo"...SO STINKIN' CUTE!!!  She prefers me over Daddy still, but is warming up to him more and more....it would help if he were home more...but that's a WHOLE different post;).  She has slept through the night since almost the beginning.  She took a bottle during the night for a week or so, but then she stopped and is sleeping from 8:00pm-7:30am!!

As for her health, she is doing GREAT!  We were able to clear up the giardia with ONE round of Flagyl, and her bloodwork is pretty good...she will need immunizations...  We thought she might have lactic acidosis(?), but her lactate came back normal, so that was a definite praise!  Her carnitine is slightly high, as is her RDW(?) on her CBC panel.....not sure if any of that is significant, but the doctor hasn't made a big deal, so for now, we won't either:).  She HAS had a runny nose and cough for TWO MONTHS, and she IS nearsighted and will need glasses soon....not looking forward to trying to keep those on a toddler!  GEESH!

And now, here we are...it's CHRISTMAS and we are reminded yet again how BLESSED we are.  What a joyous season it is!:)  And YOU are a huge part of that blessing!  All of you who prayed and gave to help us bring her home....we CANNOT thank you enough...but we'll keep trying!:)  You are forever a part of her story, and we will make sure she knows of your sacrifices and generosity!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!

And for your viewing pleasure.......our sweet NAOMI!!!!!!!!


  1. Congratulations! She is BEAUTIFUL!!! :)

  2. Congratulations! You are truly blessed! I was beginning to worry! LOL!! I'm not on FB! (((HUGS)))