Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Handsome Hal Turns 6 Tomorrow...Oh My!! (and children added to OH site)

Well...first of first BORN son turns 6 tomorrow....I just can't believe WHAT a big boy he is becoming...I'll give him his bday post tomorrow...but we got to sneak out for a tiny little bit tonight..just the two of us....and OH I LOVE MY SWEET BOY!! More on YOU tomorrow BIG BOY....****It's about 7am in Ethiopia right now...I know my little sister is waking and getting ready for court!! Oh..I'm praying hard they pass this first time!! I'm sure she'll call first thing in the morning...I'll keep you all posted....praying , praying ,praying..

***I added some AWESOME new kiddos to the Ordinary Hero Waiting Children!! OMG , they are precious!! They are waiting children in Uganda..and they are both boys and girls and range from 6 to 9! Seriously, cuties!! I'm excited that AAI has asked us to post their Ugandan children..and so far their Ugandan program is going smoothly. You can email me for the password to view the WAITING CHILDREN at You can also email: to learn MORE about this Ugandan program.

***And, I've been telling you all about THE CHANGES taking place in the Ethiopian Adoption world...and many have asked: "Will this effect YOU ALL and Wes's Adoption?" Well...we really don't KNOW YET!! I, of course, pray NOT!! But anything is possible!!! I pray IF something has to change..that it just delays it some...but that HE INDEED STILL GETS TO BE OUR SON!!!! My husband, at this point, is still planning on attending our court date coming up..and we just pray that our MOWA letter is there for court (or we don't pass) So...MANY CHANGES could still I'll keep yall posted...BUT yes, we so appreciate your prayers to GET OUR SWEET BOY HOME ASAP!!!

***Here is ONE of the latest emails I got today...Please consider signing the petition IF you haven't...You don't have to be an adoptive parent to SIGN..anyone that supports adoption, or our adoption, or supports and wants to advocate for ET orphans is encouraged to sign...You can sign here:

Thank You!

Dear Families,
We know that there has been so much communication from our office regarding this petition! Right now though, we want to THANK YOU for your support and your efforts in sharing about this cause. As of just minutes ago there were just over 16,000 signatures. That is a huge increase from this morning! We believe that, with all of our continued efforts, this will only continue to build momentum as we finish out the week.

There are a couple other things that we wanted to share with you. Mostly this has all come to us by way of posts through the JCICS.

• First of all, the Department of State (DOS) has posted on their website about this proposal by MOWA. As of right now the first step is for the DOS to host a caucus call this Friday. This call will be a great opportunity for all non-government organizations, adoption service providers and other international advocacy organizations to connect and talk about where to go from here. Historically, these calls have been very positive and always showing that there is an incredible united front working on the behalf of the children. We will all be participating in this call and would appreciate your prayers for wisdom for all of these leaders.

• The JCICS continues to be involved with this process and will continue to keep us updated. Below is a recent post from Tom DiFilipo, the Executive Director. He, along with his team, are continuing in the efforts to reach out to MOWA and share their concerns if this plan is to go through. Please be encouraged though—this team is very good at what they do and we will continue to keep you posted on their progress.

Thank you again! We have been blown away by your support and commitment during this time.


Post from Tom DiFilipo, Executive Director of JCICS

Date March 9, 2011

Regarding Ethiopia

Dear Colleagues,
In only 24-hours, over 11,000 concerned individuals have joined our Emergency Campaign for Ethiopian Children by signing our petition. We extend our thanks to all of our members who have supported this initiative by signing the petition and distributing the campaign information.

Today, we have continued our communication with the Ethiopian Government and respectfully brought the outpouring of concern to them. We believe that there may have been positive developments and will provide further updates as information is confirmed.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Best Wishes,

Tom DiFilipo

***Ok, that's it for the night...I'm exhausted with worrying about all the changes taking place and how it will effect my sister's and my adoption...Gotta keep reminding myself to just HAND it over to God!! It's ALL I can do!! Thank you for your prayers and support!!! I think it's that, plus 7 young kiddos, i have a yucky cold and well....I miss my baby boy..and I just want him home!!! :) I'm a tired Momma tonight!! :) Enjoy the awesome song someone sent it...especially needed to hear it today... Happy Wednesday to you all, kj


  1. Praying for you and your sister. Thanks for sharing the video, I plan to post it on my blog too to comfort our friends in adoption limbo.
    We are going to Uganda in June with our agency, hopeful and excited for this trip.


Thank you for your kind words!!