Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Our Bonsa boy is home.
Our hearts are so full.
Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement and support.
Your love has overwhelmed us throughout the whole process.
And I feel like we'll be forever indebted to our friends and family.

We know that the journey of adoption doesn't end when a child comes home.
But the emphasis is no longer on the adoption process, but on our family now.
So, thanks for following along with this blog -
all updates will now be on our family blog.

Monday, August 27, 2012


Have you heard the song by Phillip Phillips?
But before we go any further - is that his real name? WHY, parents? WHY.

So, this song "Home." I googled it to see what the meaning of it is. And I didn't find much. Just that it was written for American Idol, PhilPhil didn't originally love it, blah blah blah.

Anyway, though I'm fairly confident after watching the video that it was not written for adoption...
But I like to pretend it's an adoption song.

Hold on to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you're not alone
'Cause I'm gonna make this place your home.

Settle down, it'll all be clear
Don't pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you're not alone
'Cause I'm gonna this place your home

Monday, August 20, 2012

that time the kardashians admired my son.

Last night I had a dream about going to pick up Bonsa.

When Doug & I arrived in Ethiopia, Bo was staying in this huge ... mall/hotel. He had 6 teeth, and one of them had a little brown cavity, but I remember thinking, "It's okay! He will lose his baby teeth!"

We put him in a tiny, tiny stroller (I'm not sure how he fit), and took him out to our car in the parking lot... where Kim and Kourtney Kardashian were about to get into their vehicle next to us. They saw Bonsa and started exclaiming over how cute he was (obviously).

Kourtney was probably 9 months pregnant, and Kim was also adopting from Ethiopia - a little girl, whom she had named Bijou (which is French for "jewel"... which I know because my family had a horse named Bijou). I found out that her daughter's name was Bijou because the little girl started running across the parking lot, and Kim was running after her yelling, "Bijou!" And I distinctly remember thinking, "Wow, Bijou is such a great name for Kim's daughter. Totally fits."

And then I woke up.

more bizarre adoption dreams here

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Understandably, the most common question I receive these days is: 
When do you get to bring Bo home?

My typical answer: 
I don't know. We've heard that the "average" wait time after passing court is 6-8 weeks.
That's probably best case scenario. We are trying not to get our hopes up too high.

That being said, we were submitted to Embassy a few days ago.
That means they begin the process of "orphan status verification" - making sure that Bo is truly an orphan. The individual who found Bonsa has to be interviewed, the police contacted by this individual have to be interviewed, documents have to be reviewed... etc. etc. etc.
And honestly - we are glad that the process is thorough.

Yes, the wait is hard. Yes, I look at his picture several times throughout the day.
But no, I'm not spending my days sad or angry.
Through your prayers & ours, God has granted us an abundance of patience.
We're enjoying time together and savoring this last "baby-moon" phase.
I'm slowly putting together things that I want to pack for our trip. (Wait til you see his Embassy outfit.)
And making sure the nursery is ready. (All we really need to be baby-functional is a car seat!)
So we spend our days in eager anticipation.

Because at the end of the day, we know Who is writing the story.
...and yeah, we're pretty excited to get this kid in some boy clothes.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Adoption Story, Pt. 7: half a world away

September 24, 2011: In Canton, Michigan, a young, excited couple did a photoshoot to take these pictures to announce their upcoming adoption.

Across the world, that same day, a tiny baby boy was discovered in the woods near a river in Ethiopia.

Adoption Story, Pt 1 
Adoption Story, Pt 2
Adoption Story, Pt 3
Adoption Story, Pt 4
Adoption Story, Pt 5
Adoption Story, Pt 6

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012