September 29, 2012

September 2012 #

Don't get too excited, our movement isn't flying down the waitlist this month, but the fact that we did move at all is encouraging since we are in the 'court closure season'. We are officially # 61 for September 2012. That's one spot down from last month. Things certainly seemed to have slowed down with the closing of the courts and the rainy season in Ethiopia. Just to refresh your memory from last year, the Ethiopian courts close for a period of time in the fall during their 'rainy season'. During this time children can still be matched with families, but their adoptions cannot proceed through court until they start issuing appointments again. We are about halfway through the closure right now. I am excited, however, that this month's movement means a sweet baby girl is known by her heavenly Father, AND her new adoptive earthly family. She's being loved on and prayed for by many and will soon meet her forever family in October when the courts reopen! This month has been a 'sabbatical' month for our family. We've taken time to unwind from our normal schedule and sought the Lord. We are rested and refreshed from being in a new rhythm and in God's presence. A huge thank you to our church family for allowing us this time!! One weekend this month while Michael was away hiking with friends I had a girls day and disguised it as a fundraiser :) Here's Adriel, me and Jessica hanging out! This was such a blessing to me to have my friends come over and encourage me with prayers for Marlee and they even bought jewelry to help with our adoption costs!
This past week has been a great time to reflect on where we've been as a family, and also to dream about our future! We spent the week at the Beach living it up! (and severely over-eating and loafing!) I adore my boys and loved getting a chance to love on them, play with them, and take pics of them. One sweet thing I have to soon as we drove in to Orange Beach, we went down to the water. Myles saw it and said, 'Marlee lives across that ocean-let's go get her!" Then he ran into the water ;) I love how sensitive he is to remember his sister though he doesn't even know her yet!

September 17, 2012


last weekend Michael and I got away to D.C. (where we joke around that we'll retire one day due to the excellent weather and of course the home of the Redskins football) We got to see the new MLK memorial, and spent time with my amazing cousins!

Here we are sunday after church with the littlest Lewis, Lily! Myles stayed at home with Michael's parents and they had a blast too!

The week before that Myles got pretty sick with 'shigella' a type of bacterial food poisoning! it was so sad, but after a week and a half of not feeling good, he was back in business!

Here is is at his first soccer practice, sitting on his ball, listening to his coach!

We are still on sabbatical and loving having Michael around when he's home, and we covet your prayers for us during this month! We officially began our adoption paperwork renewal today, so I'll keep ya updated on where we stand in the coming weeks! Thanks for partnering with us in prayer!!