On Saturday, our friends Aaron and Heather Crowley leave for Ethiopia to finally meet and bring home their infant son. The Crowley's have been a part of our lives for many years ... though not in a significant way. Our kids all went to an AWANA program at their church and I think that Heather taught all 3 of them at one time or another. That is as deep as our connection went. I knew who she was ... often got her confused with her sister-in-law who also led a group ... but did not know her enough to have a conversation with her. Then almost a year ago, exactly ... I bumped into her talking to another one of my friends. That friend said, "Heather was just telling me about their plans to adopt from Ethiopia." Little did either of them know, but Dave and I had just decided to move forward with our plans to adopt a few weeks earlier. We ended up using the same adoption agency - America World Adoption. Since then, Heather and I have had the chance to share our hopes, fears, joys, disappointments and ultimately our faith as we've been on this journey together. They have waited 11 long weeks since Ethiopian courts officially made them the parents of their little boy, and we are so excited that they are finally on their way. And as if that's not enough, because we used the same agency, they get to take a care package to our son ... and take current pictures of him to bring back to us ... and even sit with him while he's opening it! Isn't that amazing? Here's what we're sending (the blue book is a photo album with pictures of us)!
Blessings to you as you travel, Crowley family. We can't wait to welcome you home!