Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act. Proverbs 24:12

Monday, September 29, 2008

5 Months!!

It has now been a little over 5 months since our dossier was sent to Ethiopia. Sometimes it feels like the time is flying by and sometimes it feels like it is dragging by. Some days I have a really positive attitude and patience and other days I'm stressed out wondering how much longer we are going to have to wait. I have to keep reminding myself time and time again that this is God's timing and not mine. He has our daughter picked out for us and we will meet her only when He is ready for her to be a part of our lives. Please continue to pray for us throughout this adoption journey!! It is so hard to be so in love with someone we have never met and to not know when we will finally get to see her!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Jolie-Pitt...HIV/AIDS Clinic in Ethiopia

I found this article today and thought it was worth sharing!!

Jolie-Pitt Foundation Establishes HIV/AIDS Clinic in Ethiopia
By Brian Orloff and Mary Green
Originally posted Saturday September 13, 2008 08:35 PM EDT
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Jolie-Pitt Foundation has made a $2 million donation to the Global Health Committee to establish a center to aid children affected by tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. The center will be modeled after the Cambodian Health Committee's Maddox Chivan Children's Center in Cambodia, where children receive medical, education and social services. "Our goal is to transfer the success we have had in Cambodia to Ethiopia where people are needlessly dying of tuberculosis, a curable disease, and HIV/AIDS, a treatable disease," Jolie said in a statement. As in Cambodia, where the couple named the center after their eldest child, the Ethiopian branch will be named for Zahara, 3, who was adopted from Ethiopia."It is our hope when Zahara is older she will take responsibility of the clinic and continue its mission," Pitt said in a statement. The clinic will also focus on tuberculosis care. The disease causes approximately 2 million deaths yearly, and is the largest cause of death worldwide for children and adults with AIDS. "The fact that poor people continue to die in our world today of TB, a curable disease, because of lack of access to drugs and care is unacceptable," Pitt said. The Jolie-Pitt foundation was established in Sept. 2006, when the couple donated $1 million to the Global Action for Children organization and $1 million to Doctors Without Borders.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Please keep us in your prayers!!

People have asked me what they can do to help with our adoption. What we really need is a lot of prayer. There are a lot of emotional ups and downs along the pathway to adopting. Sometimes worries can creep in and cause us to lose faith for a short time...worries like our baby's health, travelling to a foreign country, raising funds to help with the costs of adoption, hoping our baby will bond with us quickly, etc. We have to keep reminding ourselves that God is in control every step of the way. And we have seen God's hand in this process since the beginning of our adoption process . Please keep us in your prayers. Here are some things you can pray for:
*A healthy baby girl
*We have applied for 2 different grants to help with costs
*Our fundraising efforts
*Smooth travelling (we are taking our boys with us!)
*Keeping the faith!!!