Thursday, May 20, 2010
My first time eating Ethiopian food was when I lived in Washington, D.C. while I was in college. There is a very large Ethiopian community in D.C., and this restaurant was actually quite nice. We did not even have a table or chairs. We sat on these big, fancy pillow type things and there was a tall stand in the middle where the food was placed. Who would have thought so many years later ... that we would be heading to Ethiopia in a few months.
So we took the kids to dinner for their first experience eating Ethiopian food last week. There are actually several Ethiopian restaurants in Portland. Dave and I had tried one last summer on my birthday while our adopting plans were still unknown to others. That one was called Mubai's. Very casual. The lady there was very friendly, and it was delightful enjoying dinner with our secret plans ... wondering how this whole adoption process would work out.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I will come to you. John 14:8
This is my brother-in-law, Eric, coming home tonight after rescuing his new daughter, Anna from her life as an orphan. It is an amazing story of God's providence. She was a child with medical needs that resulted in her being flown to the hospital, where Eric works, for treatment. He heard about her situation, and so their family of 11 began praying for her ... praying that a family would step up to adopt her. Eventually, God placed it on both Eric and Kim's hearts that perhaps they were supposed to adopt her. Isn't that amazing? A family with 9 children already, deciding that they have enough room and love for one more!
And when they called us to tell us that they were adopting ... we were able to say, yeah, us too! Isn't that just like God to move brothers who live 3000 miles apart and talk rather infrequently to the same calling at the same time.
Welcome home, Anna Elder! We are so blessed to have you in our family.