This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Some more information

In today's mail, we found this letter from the US Embassy in San Salvador. Though short and obviously standardized, it contains some important information.

1. The embassy is on our side and works hard for adoption cases.

2. The wait for our child to come home may be longer than we had first thought (1-2 years, according to the embassy)

3. We now have contact information for more people who may be able to answer questions from different perspectives and keep us informed when we need information.

The thought of a longer wait jarred me for a while, but James helped me realize that we will wait joyfully for as long as it takes to bring our child home. God has our child chosen for us and will bring him or her home when the time is right. I'm thankful for this news that helps us prepare ourselves better.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Painting Begins!

Karen began painting the mural today! How exciting to see our world in vivid color!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Mexican Vacation

(From the balcony of our house in Puerto Vallarta)

(Sitting on a traditional chair in Tlaquepaque, MX)

(Esther, Laura and Ana Rut with Principe)

We arrived home yesterday from a 5-day vacation to Mexico--Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara. Oh, how we love living in Latin American cultures! We were hosted in Guadalajara by a the beautiful Mora-Mañon family who made us feel right at home in Mexico's second-largest city. We stopped in many bookstores thinking of the empty bookshelf in our child's future room and bought our first child's first books: a Children's Bible and a World Atlas for Children.

Visiting Mexico confirmed our desire to raise our children knowing and loving many cultures and speaking Spanish. It also affirmed our desire to be a part of a Latin American culture and spend time visiting and living abroad. We have so many big dreams for our life and for our family! All are in the Lord's hands and he will carry us through.