We consider ourselves so fortunate to
belong to a church that understands and teaches the command to care for orphans and widows!
Today we recognized “Orphan Sunday” with a visit
from “His Little Feet” choir. They are a children’s choir comprised of actual orphaned
children who travel throughout the U.S. to be a “voice for those without a
voice” to increase awareness of the needs of vulnerable children around the
We had the honor of hosting one of the little
girls and her sponsor for the weekend. What a blessing it was to have them in our
We found out recently that my Grandma has bone cancer, so we made an unexpected trip to Missouri to be with her this weekend. She is in good spirits overall and we were able to get a great picture of her with Annaliese. The smile on these two faces is more of a blessing than can ever be told.
Today we are starting a new (ongoing)
fundraiser. Please consider participating to help us bring home a brother
and/or sister for Annaliese! It is not a bad deal – you get cookie dough to
have at your disposal and we get funds to put towards our adoption fees.
We feel very confident that God is calling our
family to this and we need your help to make it happen! Thank you, ahead of
time, for your support.
Also, local friends and family, please share
with others : )
One year ago, I got the privilege to hold my daughter again, this
time in America. It was a long two weeks at home waiting for all of the
paperwork to clear so that Sarah and Annaliese could come home, but finally I
got to have my “Daddy’s Gotcha Day.”
I had spoken to Sarah earlier in the day and was waiting for their
flight from D.C. to arrive in Chicago. Of course, I left earlier than needed,
so that meant more waiting once I arrived at O’Hare Airport. Once, I knew their
flight had landed, I waited in anticipation as Sarah and Annaliese made their
way through customs. And then finally, I saw them come up the escalator. It
took Annaliese a minute to see me, but when she finally did she headed straight
towards me and I got a big hug.
At last, our forever family was together again.
I cannot believe how fast our first year has gone, yes, we have
had struggles along the way, but Annaliese has brought much laughter and love
into our home and I look forward to what the years ahead will bring.