Hello.  I think I remember starting this blog last summer… I am so bad at keeping up on this!  It’s been about 4 months now since I’ve updated!  We’ve been doing a whole lot of nothing in particular too.  I’m back into wedding season for the summer and Ed has been keeping himself pretty busy being an associate pastor with a little bit of schooling on top.  (He’s almost done with that masters degree, yay Ed!)  I can’t seem to think of anything else new…. oh wait, we got a puppy  : )

This little ball of cuteness and fuzzy hair may or may not have been the result of my greatest persuasive argument yet.  But really, she filled in any gaps that needed convincing in Ed’s mind as soon as we went to take a look at her.  : )  She’s a miniature Australian Shepherd and Queensland Healer mix – and yes, she’s going to stay pretty darn tiny.  We figured we’d just go for the opposite of Kingsley in every way and see what we end up with – not really – but she is pretty much as different as you can get!  So family – these pictures are for you – since we kind of have neglected to even tell you guys that we got a dog… oh… a week ago!  {***update per Davi’s request – her name is TOBI – and I can’t believe I forgot to mention that the first time!***}


Don’t you want to come visit us now and see her?!  Ok, you can come : )

In other news we are still waiting on the adoption referral.  It has been 4 months and 9 days since we sent out our packet for review by the Ethiopian government.  Wait times have gone up and down – and currently they seem to be completely in the air.  You may have heard news of slowing adoption wait times in the news and it’s looking like that may actually be coming true.  The short story is that the Ethiopian ministry of women’s and children’s affairs has requested to process a dramatically fewer number of adoptions a day, causing the wait time to possibly move to something closer to China’s system (years!).   We have no way of really knowing at this point if they will be able to go through with this or if the government will keep the process running as normal (or maybe something in between).  It seems from our end that people who are right in the middle of this process – like us – will just have to wait it out.  Our wait times will help determine the average wait time for folks adopting later on down the road.  While the potential of waiting a lot longer than I’d hoped for a child may have driven my desperate pleas for a dog to physical results, we’re actually not too down or worried about it on the whole :)  God is in control of how long we wait and what child He has for us!  I actually feel quite lucky to be in the middle of our wait time as this whole process is being re-vamped, we’ve already got a bit of a head start and who knows how long we would have to wait if we were to start this process a year from now.  It can be tough on some days for sure, but I’m hopeful and I know that God has things planned for us that I just can’t see yet!

So, to end this, I promise I’ll try and think of interesting things in our lives to more regularly post on as we wait… we really aren’t that incredibly boring, I don’t think at least : )

bandofbrothers - May 26, 2011 - 4:29 pm

EEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkk! You should have heard me squeal when I saw a pic of your puppy! She is the cutest thing ever, really. What’s her name? John has been begging me for a dog, but I want a cute little one like yours and he wants a beast. Well, a golden retriever, which ARE pretty cute. We shall see!

I will continue to pray that things will go as quickly as possible for your adoption process. So tough to wait:( But I am so impressed with your attitude. Love you all and your newest member too!

Jenny - May 26, 2011 - 6:41 pm

Don’t be surprised if Tobi disappears after a visit from our family. She is too cute and I want to smell her puppy-ness.

amy - May 27, 2011 - 7:44 am

oh my gosh she’s ADORABLE!!!! and hurray for getting a crazy dog and going for round two with a smaller one :) I’d say it’s much better. :) and i’m with davi, so impressed with your attitude. We are continually praying for you guys. love you tons and tons. Have fun with Tobi :)

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