Calling all of Toni’s families!

February 5th, 2016

You know who you are!

If you haven’t already heard the good news, it’s my pleasure to let you know that our beloved Toni is coming to the United States for a short time!

A reunion party is being planned for Saturday, February 27th, and all families who have adopted through her are invited to attend!

Please email Maureen Huizinga with further questions and/or offers of help:






Pleven Update (Link)

February 5th, 2016

Maureen Huizinga, mother to two from Pleven and a close friend of mine, recently visited the orphanage and has written an update some of you might find interesting.  You can click on THIS LINK to the update on her blog.  Feel free to email her with further questions as well, as she has become one of the new point persons for the Pleven Project and the younger children in the orphanage who are available for adoption.

Although I have not been writing about it on this blog, children with special needs from Pleven have continued to be chosen and brought home to families.  We are grateful to be able to report that the last few children I’d advocated for from the “old Pleven,” Owen and Tiya, finally have wonderful, loving, committed families working to bring them home.  Thank the Lord!




Happy birthday to us!

January 30th, 2016


Today was a happy day for Josie and me.  We got to celebrate our birthday together for the first time!

Her party will be on Monday evening, so she still has surprises to look forward to.  She has every detail of her special meal all chosen!


I was given some of the best gifts ever for this birthday.

~A sweet card from Josie.



~A text from Joe telling me that he went to the barber shop for a haircut to give me a break.

“Awesome!  Thank you!”

“Happy birthday!”


~A little outing for Josie–to the grocery store with Laura to pick out her birthday treats.






A girl on a mission.  <smile>



Aha!  And who should they spy but Joe, Jane and Stephen doing the family grocery shopping!  







~A bag of Dove milk chocolate from Daniel, an unexpected but always welcome gift.

~My cousin’s oldest daughter who came here from afar for the weekend to meet us for the first time and to do some painting–hurrah!




We’re so glad you turned out to be the nice sort of person, J!  You are welcome here anytime!



The laundry room is actually a deep coral and not this hideous magenta my cell phone captured.  But alas, my real camera met its demise in a sizable snowdrift last week, dropped by a child who shall remain unnamed!



A photo Daniel took to show you the correct color~



~The yummy soft taco meal sent to us by J’s employer, which was a substantial help on this crazy busy Saturday!

~Plenty of happiness and high spirits.  God has continued to pour out rivers of grace onto us during this adventure, waiting, waiting, waiting for the addition to be finished.  We are so grateful to Him for what we see Him doing in our family throughout this time!



But last night, Josie summed up this particular birthday excellently.


“Yes, Josie?”

“We got our best early birthday present when Nathaniel was born.”

“I agree, Josie!  Except for one thing.”


“I got two best early birthday presents!  I got one on December 23rd when you came home, and the other on January 7th when Nathaniel Job was born.  You, Josie, are one of the best gifts ever.”


Our two newest gifts.  She asks to hold him every single day.