Monday, January 28, 2008

Winter Fun!

Since it was such a beautiful day today, Matt had the great idea to go sledding!! This was the first time our family of five has ever gone sledding. It was a lot of fun. All the kids really enjoyed it.

Of course Matt and I had fun too!! Especially catching some air on the jump. It's totally worth being in pain afterwards.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

We are back!!

We made it back from Ethiopia yesterday afternoon. It feels very good to be back home with Carter, Durant, and Ana. We missed them so much!
Our trip was very good. So much was accomplished while we were there and KVI has grown so much. It is amazing to see God's work first hand.
Now Matt and I have lots of work to do. We will be updating our website with a lot more accurate information. We will be working on sorting out children available for adoption as well as sponsorship. More information will become available about that on our website in the next couple of weeks!!
I know this isn't a KVI blog, but I know many of you are interested in what is happening!!
Thanks for all your support and prayers.

Friday, January 11, 2008

We're off!

Matt and I are almost packed and ready to go to Ethiopia on Monday!! We hope to update the KVI blog while we are there so feel free to check it out:

Thank you for all the support you have given us with KVI. Please pray for us while we are traveling. Please pray for:
  • Safety for Matt and I while traveling
  • Safety and health of our children while we are gone
  • Safety and health of my Mom (and energy while she watches 3 energetic children)
  • God's guidance in all the decision we make regarding KVI
  • For much to be accomplish so the children can begin moving into KVI
Thank you!!!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

American Gladiators and Pizza!

All day yesterday I was excited about our family fun night of watching American Gladiators(they brought it back) and eating pizza with my family!!
Let's face it, we are not a regular family (our kids are all different ethnic backgrounds and we're starting an orphanage)so when the opportunity comes up to just be a regular family, I love it!! It's the little things in life that I love the most!

So the five of us hung out eating pizza, bread sticks, chicken strips, and watching 3 hours of American Gladiators (it was on TiVo so not really 3 hours)!!! It was great!!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Ana's Boots!

This post really doesn't have a point except to say that Ana is in love with these pink rain boots. Her favorite thing to do with them is put them on, walk around a little bit, and then take them off, go into another room of the house and put the boots back on again!
She's the silliest girl I've ever met!! Just thought I'd share that with you all!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Picture of Camden

So I know that the other pictures I put up of our new nephew Camden didn't really show him as much as it showed us....... so here is a great close up of the little guy. He's totally adorable....

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Adoption Day!

This afternoon at 3:30pm by Judge Lenz, Natnael Matthew Tamrat legally became Durant Natnael Ness!!!! He is now legally and officially apart of our family, even though he's totally been that already for the last 7 months!!!

Now he is able to get a U.S. birth certificate,
SS#, and a passport!

To celebrate we went where anyone else would go to celebrate the adoption of their Ethiopian son......
a Chinese buffet!!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

Matt and I got a fun present for New Year's Eve......... a new nephew!!!!

Camden Lee was born New Year's Eve weighing in at 7lbs 9oz and 20 1/2 inches long. He's such a cutie!!!! Mom, Dad, and big sister are so excited to have him join their family!

Heather and Tony asked Matt and I to be Camden's Godparents!! We are so honored and excited to be able to tell and show Camden all about God's love for him!!!!

Happy New Year!