***It’s Orphan Sunday. 

*** It was a good week in our adoption process.  Our dossier was submitted into IBESR and we have a number….#20936…yay!  Our agency and the creche’ director worked very hard to get it in by the October 31st deadline, before some new adoption laws take effect.  As of 2:30 pm on that day, this still had not been accomplished.  But we got an email on Nov 1 telling us WE MADE IT!   The new law states that the agencies will no longer match children with adoptive parents, the government is taking that over.  So, hypothetically, if we had not met the deadline we may have not been able stay matched with Beaux.  I tried very hard not to think about the reality of this situation and felt like God still has control of this whole adoption thing and He would take care of it…and He did 🙂

***I just watched the Tennessee Titans lose so embarrassingly bad…51-20.        Ummmm, yeah.

***Did you notice I’m trying out another new spelling of our son’s name? Beaux  My daughter’s boyfriend mentioned it and I think I like it.  It’s different enough to be different, but not enough to be weird and make him feel uncomfortable.  What’s your opinion?  I did Google it to make sure it didn’t mean anything inappropriate (you never know) and it is actually a small town in the south of France….which I think is kind of cool.  So, we’re just trying it out for a week to see if we like it.  (All of these tough decisions give Joey and I lot’s to argue over discuss and … It helps to pass the long waiting time 🙂

***This has been the prettiest fall season I can ever remember.  Every morning, as I sit down to a wonderful breakfast that my husband has just prepared (yep, that’s right girls) I look out the window into our back yard and I admire the totally gorgeous autumn goodness that is still on the tress.  Usually by this time, here in Middle Tennessee, our leaves have already peaked and they are brown and dead, blowing around on the wet ground.  But this year it’s been mild, just the right amount of rain and it’s been wonderful.  I love that God was so creative and gave us the different seasons to enjoy.

***Yesterday I finished reading Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy…all 597 pages. Wow, it’s a fantastic book. I learned so much and I’m kind of sad it’s over. From one Goodreads reader:
Yesterday, I finished reading “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxas.    Yesterday, I lost a friend who I won’t meet until eternity.”

That’s how I feel too…”Dietrich, I look forward to meeting you some day.”

***Since starting on this adoption journey 6 months ago I have been to every adoption website there is. Sometimes on these websites children with special needs are highlighted in hopes of finding the perfect parents who are able to take care of the various needs of that child. One little boy that I learned about early on was Manno. Joey and I actually had conversations about whether we could give Manno everything that he would need. We decided that we were not the right family for him. This afternoon I went to the Give1Save1Caribbean site to see who the new featured family of the week is and guess what? Manno has a mommy and 2 brothers who are waiting to bring him home. I’m overjoyed to find out that this adorable little boy has a family. Please go to Give1Save1Caribbean and donate a few bucks to help bring him home. Thanks!

***Tomorrow is election day…Yay!  I’m looking forward to all of this being over.  I hope you will make it a priority to Vote.

Well, that’s all of my randomness for now. Thanks for reading,


Our Big Surprise

(taken from our Facebook pages this morning)

BIG NEWS!!!!      We are adopting…
At the beginning of this year our thoughts were about getting our youngest daughter married and then transitioning to the next phase of life…saving hard for retirement!  But through a series of events we felt God was leading us to adopt a little boy from Haiti. So we started the process in April and we now know who our son will be!   International adoption is quite expensive and so we are trying to raise additional funds this week to help cover some of the traveling expenses as we hope to travel to Haiti 5 or 6 times over the next 18 months to visit Bo before bringing him home. Our first visit will be at the end of this month. Our adoption story is being featured this week at Give1Save1.  I hope you will take a minute to check it out and if you would like to be a part of our story we would be so grateful. The concept of Give1Save1 is if everyone gave just one dollar it would make a big difference to help adopting families with their expenses. You can give whatever amount you would like. They feature a new family each week. We hope you will help us get the word out and share our story on your Facebook page as well. We will post updates during the week. Thanks for your consideration and help.