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Update and repost

Thank you for following along. We are humbled by the notes, emails and posts we receive. We are also excited about the number of people who are following our blog. We have had visits from 11 different countries.
We are so excited about our new addition to our family, but saddened by a recent Facebook post. Which was from an orphanage in Africa, which stated, “We are registering over 2000 orphans living in the Eastern Region this December. More sponsors will be needed to care for these innocent orphans. It is truly difficult to identify orphans in Ghana. Please pray with us." Each one of us can impact the world one life at a time.
Adoption update: Department of Homeland Security has approved our right to adopt and have forwarded the approval to our adoptive country. We have been informed the African side is also working on our file. We are trying to temper our emotions with realistic expectations, but feel like we will be traveling in within the next 6 to 8 weeks.
I personally have…

Adoption T-Shirts are now available

Adoption shirts: Below are the three shirts we are selling to help cover our travel costs to Africa. As most of you know, we have to take two 10 day trips to complete the adoption.  Each shirt is $20.  There are two options when ordering. In-state and hand delivered or the shipping option which includes a $3.00 fee.  You can use your paypal or account or send us a check.  Information is located on the right side.

Why these designs: We have been CHOSEN by God, and through the sacrifice of Jesus, we have been ADOPTED into his family. We did not choose Emmanuel to join our family; God has chosen our family for Emmanuel. This process has been hard in so many ways, but NOW we can see the light and know our gift from God is months away. Thank you for joining us in this journey to bring Emmanuel home.

The deepest and strongest foundation of adoption is located not in the act of humans adopting humans, but in God adopting humans. And this act is not part of his ordinary providence in the world;…

Update and next steps

Thank you for your concern and prayers as we walk down this path. The adoption journey is an express lane of emotions. Full of quick turns, long straight aways, but perhaps the hardest part is you can't see what lies ahead of you to properly prepare.

Adoption update
We have had numerous updates over the last few weeks. Things appear to be returning to normal. However, we have no idea where we are in the process on the African side. We hope to have Emmanuel home by Christmas, but realistically, it could be another six months to twelve months. We have had his room ready, clothes in closet and books on his shelves (thanks Amy) for months. The truth of the matter is HE IS in complete control and I am not. The more I study scripture and it’s affect on my life, the more I feel prayer is our communication to God and the word is his communication to us.

Growing up Jesus was a carpenter by trade which is such a beautiful picture of his character. When a carpenter sees a raw piece of wood he …