Keeping Families Together

February 20, 2013By RachaelUncategorized No Comments

I’ve had a sick little boy yesterday and today.  It’s made for lots of cuddle time with my little man and thinking time for this momma.  So, today I’m going to share a few of my thoughts with you…. I’m thinking back to 18 1/2 years ago.  We had just experienced the birth of our … Read More

The Christmas Star

December 10, 2012By RachaelUncategorized No Comments

“When they saw the star they were filled with Joy”.   Matthew 2:10 This Christmas I am so thankful for so many things.  It seems like just yesterday we were waiting for our oldest son to be born.  Now that’s been 18 years ago and we are coming upon his graduation from high school and … Read More

Embracing Hope Ethiopia

October 15, 2012By RachaelUncategorized 1 Comment

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted.  Not for a lack of things going on in this household, but mostly for a lack of time to work on a blog post. I feel like I need to post some pictures of my little guys.  They are getting so big and have changed so much … Read More

A day to celebrate!

June 26, 2012By RachaelUncategorized 1 Comment

It’s been a year!  One year ago we landed in MN with our sons.  Our friends came to get us – on their anniversary – and drove us home.  Happy Anniversary, Steve and Tammy! Travel was finished.  Our family was all under one roof.  We all were able to sleep in the same house for … Read More

June 24, 2012By RachaelUncategorized 1 Comment

This news about a disruption in the Sidama Zone in SPPN came out this week. Our boys are from the Sidama Region.  I have been in contact with a friend in Awassa.  There are indeed things going on there. Not long ago this would have been sad to me, but I do not believe it would not … Read More

Happy birthday Buche and Burka!

June 22, 2012By RachaelUncategorized 1 Comment

Last year, we celebrated Burka and Buche’s birthday in Ethiopia.  We actually celebrated on the 23rd because Ryan and I didn’t get back from the South until really late on the 22nd. Today we celebrate at home. In some ways it hardly seems possible that a year has passed.  In other ways it’s hard to … Read More

“Lord I give you my heart…”

June 22, 2012By RachaelUncategorized No Comments

It’s a week full of memories of last year at this time at our house. One year ago today, Ryan and I spent the day riding in a Land Rover along the Rift Valley on our way to the village of Bensa Ethiopia… a full day’s drive south of the capital city Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. … Read More

Thanking God for my Irrevocable Gifts

May 16, 2012By RachaelUncategorized No Comments

One year ago on 5.16.11 we sat before a beautiful woman judge in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia … for about 5 minutes with a group of 3 other couples. This judge asked us if any of us had children other than the ones that we were looking to adopt. We said “Yes”. Our other five children were … Read More

Happy Mothers Day

May 13, 2012By RachaelUncategorized No Comments

It was one year ago on May 11th that Ryan and I loaded up our 5 children and headed to Minneapolis to get on a plane that was headed to Ethiopia, Africa. We had really no idea what has ahead of us, but we did know one thing. There were two little boys in Africa … Read More