Category Archives: Adoption


Two years ago we were united with Mastewal and Afton in Ethiopia.


the rockin’ mama challenge

the rockin’ mama challenge


I started making these, let me know if anyone is interested. I sent this first round to Meggan.  They travel next week to pick up their new addition. I sent some for her son and daughter and the others will be taken to the transition house/orphanage in Ethiopia. I’m thinking I may sell these so I can send more over or offer some profits to a non-profit that I’m really interested in right now. I’m going to be on the hunt for some quality tees and onesies to make more.

Hot Pink w/Zebra Print Onesie

Black w/Gray Polka Dot Print Tee

Hot Pink w/Zebra Print Bib

Red w/Black & White Polka Dot Print Tee

White w/Black & White Polka Dot Print Onesie

White w/Gray Polka Dot Print Onesie

Orange w/Gray Polka Dot Print Bib

Red w/Red Plaid Print Tee

Light Gray w/Gray Plaid Print Tee

Dark Gray w/Gray Plaid Print Tee

White w/Red Plaid Print Onesie


I’m doing this.

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My Crazy Adoption


Thanks for the comments and emails regarding my last post. I am okay. It was nice to write a “real” post. I’ll try to keep it up.

My counselor has me journaling. I’ve actually kept a journal for a really long time, blogging took over for a while and know I’ve ventured back the pen and paper. In an attempt to clean my room last weekend I shifted my old journals around and got distracted and started reading some entries from 2002.

Several people have asked me “why Ethiopia”.  I don’t always have an answer that seems to be “the answer”.  I’ve just known I would adopt from there or be involved there, somehow.  I know there are millions of orphans and there is an AIDS crisis in Africa. I don’t know where the awareness came from or really where is started, I’ve just always had Ethiopia on my heart.

I have an answer now.

On October 9, 2002 I wrote this in my journal. “Just watched Bono and Christ Tucker. Lord, are you calling me to serve in Ethiopia?”

This is the first time I think I’ve seen Ethiopia in my journal.  I’ll have to keep looking back through older entries-but I’m pretty sure this is it.

Of course after reading this last weekend. I got on google and searched for Bono, Chris Tucker, October 2002.  I found some YouTube videos of MTV show that I’m certain that I watched. I can only find segments of it. It was one of the MTV Diary Shows called: Bono and Chris Tucker: Aiding Africa.

U2’s Bono, actor Chris Tucker and U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill visit Africa, where they learn about the impact of poverty and AIDS.

Here’s a small clip of Ethiopia from the show.

So much to ponder here. Feeling a “call” from an MTV show. Ethiopia. AIDS. Still feeling the “call” 8 years later. Adopting an HIV+ child. Still feeling the “call”. Seeing other tragedies in other areas of the world, but not sensing the same feeling or “calling”as I have for Ethiopia.


What we do in the in-between-time (the time we have after we drop Mastewal off – and before Afton goes to preschool)


We try to get into Roper's food and water

We try to get into Roper's food and water

We make sure Afton brushes his teeth

We make sure Afton brushes his teeth


We take pictures of mommy

We take pictures of mommy

Ethiopia Trip Slideshow

Only took me 5 months to make this 🙂

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