Monthly Archives: April 2008

Church-The Dearest Place On Earth

NOTE: This is a copy post from our family blog @

Today I was reminded how fortunate I am to be a member of our church.  Today 3 pastors on our staff were ordained.  These men are living lives that honor God, and how greatly many have benefited from their faithful service.  As worship began and the service continued with testimonies of changed lives due to the influence of these men I was overwhelmed by how blessed I was to be a part of a body of believers that truly cared for one another.  A part of a church lead by men of character, and men of the word. 

Joshua and I were greatly blessed today by those in our church.  Back at Christmas someone anonymously gave us a monetary gift and it appears that the same giver has blessed us again! (the gift came via the same individual).  Today’s gift came with the following note:

Dear Josh and Bethany, We trust that God will use this gift as a gracious reminder of His good Lordship over your lives, and to strengthen your faith that, because Jesus Christ stood in your place at the cross, your Heavenly Father will never leave you nor forsake you.  Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” 

How timely this gift comes.  With approaching adoption expenses we are reminded that God is most certainly watching over us and that His plans are for our good and for the good of our children in Ethiopia. How can we say thank you?  We are so grateful to God for the people who have generously given to us.  It is an overwhelming and humbling expression of God’s grace and loving-kindness to us.  Thank you! 

And then. . . we were given a tv today too!  Since we’ve been married we’ve had a $75 18 inch square tv we purchased at walmart (yes, really now, who still has a square tv?) You know the kind that won’t work next year, and has exactly only 2 inputs for a video and audio cord on the front of the set.  =)  Well today we were given a nice used, rectangular 27 inch tv.  What an upgrade! 

We’ve also started receiving some donations for our adoption fundraising garage sale! (time still to be determined)

All of these blessings are gracious gifts from our loving Heavenly Father.  None of which we deserve and certainly never would have received if God had not drawn us into His family.  Today, I am humbly reminded of the wonderful gospel that makes all this possible and all the sweeter to me.  This kindness has so greatly affected me and I do not have the words to express my gratitude to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who allow God to dwell in them and work through them to display the gospel to me.  Thank you.



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I saw what I saw

This video has come across my path a few times over the last couple weeks and has affected me greatly.  Hopefully it will do the same for you.  As a side note, our adoption agency recently started a Rwanda program you can read about it at


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Good things to know. . .

As adopting parents we are required by our social worker to read numerous books on an array of adoption issues.  Everything from how to parent, to commons difficulties associated with the adopted child, to books on the child’s country of origin, to healthy attachment and so on.

Some “helpful” information I read this morning (thank you Mary Hopkins-Best):

 “Parents may find their child’s pain very stressful or threatening and may therefore knowingly or unknowingly suppress natural expressions of grief.  They may try to distract the child by promising a treat if he stops crying; cutting the feelings short (hush hush), minimizinng the feelings (you’re okay now), contradicting his reality (you’re going to love it here), criticizing (stop making such a fuss), embarrasing (you’re to big to act like such a baby), or threatening (stop it right now, or I’ll give you something to cry about).”

She goes on to emphasize that these are BAD ways to deal with a child’s grief.  Whew, glad I learned that today!  So I shouldn’t tell a crying child that if he doesn’t stop I’ll give him something to cry about????? =) ***My tone is slightly sarcastic***


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Hope for things to come!

Two families adopting from Ethiopia with our agency successfully passed court today and are proud to introduce their children.  You can check out their family blogs at:

Seeing these pictures and rejoicing with these families gives me hope for when our turn will come no matter how long the wait, or whatever glitches come our way.  We are rejoicing with you Harbaughs and Coens!  Great is God’s Faithfulness!

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A Glitch. . .

So, for our adoption both Joshua and I are required to have life insurance.  Something that is a good idea whether you’re adopting or not.  So we set out to apply for life insurance and met with a financial advisor who walked us through the process.  We got the phone call that asked us all the detailed questions about our health and they asked us if we had any plans to travel abroad within the next 2 years. We answered yes, that we would be spending 7-10 days in the capital of Ethiopia for the purpose of adoption.  I might add that Joshua and I are both healthy individuals under the age of 30 that don’t sky dive, swim with sharks, rock climb or undertake any other outrageous death defying endeavors!  So yesterday we got denial letters tellinng us we were uninsurable due to our upcoming foreign travel!!!  Anyone who has any ideas to help us out would be much appreciated!  Please pray that we are able to find affordable life insurance.


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Something to think about

143 million orphans will go to bed tonight with no parent to kiss them or tuck them in.

If 7% of Christians adopted just 1 child there would be no more orphans. 

Jam 1:27   Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.

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