Friday, November 30, 2007

ten weeks waiting....

We have completed 10 weeks of waiting now. It doesn't feel like there is an end in sight. Not trying to be negative (those that know me know that I'm usually quite positive), but I think we'll be waiting a while. I'm trying to be ok with that. Don't have much of a choice, do I? :)

Speaking of the number 10.....we need ten more teeshirts to complete our order! So, Christmas shopping anyone? You can order to the right of the screen and let me know the specifics of your order through email.

The fifteen shirts already ordered (and those that ordered them) would appreciate the company. :) And we always appreciate the support and are excited over the awareness of adoption and Ethiopia they will bring.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Be still my heart...

they do still make 'em!

A precious person (I don't know who) left a comment on my post mentioning the trap door pajamas. I wish I knew what sizes to get.....

Here's the link:

Thanks pijill!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Healthy Guatemalan Baby Girl....

is ready for her forever family! Her name is Esther.
Our home study agency, Adopt Abroad, Inc., also an adoption agency, has an international program in Guatemala. I was looking at their site today, finding some information for a friend interested in adoption. I clicked on the Guatemala page and this is what I found: (please check it out)

Here's the thing....this is time sensitive! They are looking for a family who are "paper ready", meaning home study complete at least. Because of changing rules in Guatemala, the process must begin immediately.

Also, if no adoptive family is found soon, the baby will have to be turned back over to the birth family.

Search your hearts, pass this on. Who has their paperwork ready to go and wants to give this precious baby a forever family? Contact me and I will put you in contact with our social worker.

Above all, pray that the right family will get the word and find this beautiful girl!

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families....Ps 68:5-6a

Friday, November 23, 2007

nine weeks waiting

and nine weeks closer to our boys!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Gobble Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving ya'll!

So much to be thankful for...I could go on and on. And that's another thing to be thankful have so much to be thankful for. See, that's why I'm not going to even attempt a list here. :)

Praying this is our last Thanksgiving without our little ones. Only the Lord knows when that referral will come. Is it bad that I wish He would tell me? If He tells me, I won't tell anybody, except for Marshall. Please, Lord?!? And Marshall won't tell because of all that confidentiality stuff he's sworn to.

Just teasing...but I was a little discouraged today. I so wanted to know something by now. I'm dreaming of little boys in footed Christmas know, the ones with the trap door and skid-proof feet. Do they even make those anymore?

Turkey day is over in the Coen house and the Christmas decorations are up. What fun!!

We pray that this day found you well, warm and with plenty to be thankful for.

Gobble, gobble,
the coens

Monday, November 19, 2007


I just realized I could change the settings for "comments". Now you don't have to register to leave a comment. Yeah!! Much easier on you. :)

Friday, November 16, 2007

eight weeks waiting

So eight weeks of waiting down and an unknown amount to go. :) This was a good week; I stayed super busy so that keeps me from being anxious about the time. Though when I do get a little impatient, the Lord reminds me that He is in control.

We did receive some good news this week from our agency. The transitional home in Addis is up and running with trained nannies and necessary equipment. The first 13 referred children were moved there this week. That is where our children will go after they are referred to us and that is where we will go pick them up. I'd like to just go move in now. :)

It was so uplifting to get the news of the transitional home's opening. Sometimes is frustrating (in my flesh) when I can't know everything that's going on behind the scenes. I KNOW the Lord is at work, so it was a blessing to get word of evidence of that.

Boys, we are faithfully waiting to be united with you. When this part of our journey is over, I hope that you will be proud of our dedication to you. We are steadfast in our pursuit of you....both of you special little guys! We love you like crazy!!

Lord, lead us in our wait. Thank You for what You are constantly doing in our lives and for giving us a glimpse into behind the scenes. Protect our little ones and give them Your peace, deep in their hearts. We love You like crazy too!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

seven weeks waiting

We completed seven weeks of waiting. I was at a conference all week, so week seven sped by for me.
At the conference, I took a class called "God's Waiting Room". It was just what I needed. The teacher reminded us that every time God has us waiting for something, if we are faithful and wait on Him, He makes it more than worth it....He does more than we expect or could imagine every time. Throughout the Bible, those that weren't faithful in their wait (i.e., the Israelites not waiting on Moses to come down from the mountain and making an idol to worship, Abraham having a child with his servant instead of waiting on the Lord to provide Isaac with Sarah, etc.) never experience good results. When we insert our own will into God's it just doesn't work. His will is good and perfect; our plans are so human. He can still use our bad choices, but His original plan is better.
Just imagine those faithful souls waiting in the upper room like Jesus instructed them to in Acts. Probably some lost heart and went on home. Those 120 that stuck it out got more than they could have imagined. They received the Holy Spirit!
Praying for our boys and trusting the Lord for them. Thanks for checking in with us!

This picture is in honor of my precious husband and his love for football. ;)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Ethiopia Adoption Tees are IN!!

Our friends Lisa, Lucas and Madeline model our Ethiopia Adoption tees. (Madeline is showing you what the back of the tee looks like.)

We need 15 more shirts ordered before we can turn in the next order.

It's not too late to order yours!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Six weeks

Our official wait is six weeks today. (Thanks to Sesame Street for the pic.) Been praying a lot for the in country representative, Girmachew. He is the man that will find our children and has Power of Attorney to go to court and adopt them for us. Earlier in the process, the part about the dossier being sent to Ethiopia, translated and then someone finding our children, was a little scary and intimidating. Though we know that God is in control, who was this guy matching us with our kids?! Would he really be able to get to know us through that stack of paperwork?

Well....then I went on the missions trip in June. What a blessing to spend 2 weeks with Girmachew! All uneasiness went out of the mini-bus window. He is a great man doing great work for the Lord and families. So, anyone out there reading this, if Girmachew is your guy, rest assured. He is professional and precious.

Lord, I pray that you would watch over Girmachew. Protect him, keep him grounded in You. I thank You for the work You are doing through him. Lead him, guide him and bless him.