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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blog U '08

We are packing our bags and heading out the door tomorrow morning for the First Annual Blog Union!! It is a gathering of families that have a passion for Ethiopian adoption and it is taking place in Hermosa Beach, CA.!! Yahoo.

We can't wait!! This will be our last vacation as a family of 6-- our last hoorah until we get Abe. The blogging community has helped to carry me through the thick and thin of this adoption and I'm thrilled for the opportunity to meet many in person.  Oh, and the sun and the surf sound really enticing too! :)

We get to hang with the Crazy Thorne clan and I finally get to have that glass of wine with my dear friend Laurie! We have only talked about it for almost a year. 

Avery gets to see her favorite Ethiopian babe, Silas T.  The one that spurred her on to pray Abe into our home. :)  Good times will be had by all!

A big shout out to Carey for all of her hard work to make this a reality!  I hope you know how much we all appreciate you. :)

To those who can't make it this year (Lori, Tracie, Erica , Julie and Julie to name a few) we will miss you!!!!
Monday, July 28, 2008

a new chain

Remember the chain game? Well, that one didn't turn out as planned........but Avery had the best idea today. She made a new chain to countdown the days until we head out the door for Ethiopia. We leave on August 21st. Apparently with all of the cases being pushed through before the courts close has created a little backlog at the Embassy. So instead of traveling 3 weeks after a successful court date, we leave 4 weeks post court. We will spend 2 days in Dubai and then go get Abe!! We will return on Labor Day (Sept. 1st) We can't wait!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Abenezer Tesfaye Alexander "Abe"

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!" Psalm 100:4

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Our court date is tomorrow. We would appreciate your prayers. :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

getting closer

Both boys are in a week-long baseball tournament, so we are definitely busy.  That has helped me not obsess over the court date that is coming up on Thursday.  The Lord has faithfully given me scripture to ease my mind and remind me that He is King of Kings and the Ultimate Judge over all.  

This morning I read "Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.  For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him."  Isaiah 30:18

As we wait for an Ethiopian judge to legally make our little guy an Alexander, I am thankful for a God of justice that is merciful to His own.
Thursday, July 17, 2008

7 days

One week.  In 7 days we have our court date.  In 7 days baby A could legally become an Alexander. 

"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act.  He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37: 4-7a

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

do not worry about tomorrow!

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

"Do not worry about tomorrow! This is not a suggestion, but a command. I divided time into days and nights, so that you would have manageable portions of life to handle. My grace is sufficient for you, but its sufficiency is for only one day at a time. When you worry about the future, you heap day upon day of troubles onto your flimsy frame. You stagger under this heavy load, which I never intended you to carry.

Throw off this oppressive burden with one quick thrust of trust. Anxious thoughts meander about and crisscross in your brain, but trusting Me brings you directly into My Presence. As you thus affirm your faith, shakles of worry fall off instantly. Enjoy My Presence continually by trusting Me at all times." (from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young)

I was convicted today of trying to figure out all the details- when we will travel, who will travel with us, where we will stay, what route we will take to get there, and this entry put my perspective back in line.  I know that at the perfectly appointed time, we will pass court, travel and finally be united as a family.  We are prayerful that we will pass court the first time on the 24th!!  

In another example of God's providence, I got another picture of A yesterday.  He was being fed a bottle by my sweet friend Fifi.  I met Fifi in D.C this past December.  You can read about meeting Fifi here.

Fifi just arrived in Ethiopia to visit her children and made a special trip to go meet, feed and love our sweet babe!  How great is that? Thank you Lord for this sweet gift. 

Fifi in D.C

Friday, July 11, 2008

happy 4 month birthday baby A!

Today our precious babe is 4 months old. It is hard to think about missing these moments, but prayerfully we will only have one more month without him. We are anxiously awaiting our court date.

We love you little one and can't wait to celebrate these milestones here at home.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

one life

Monday, July 7, 2008

play ball

One way to help pass the days until our court date is hanging out at the boys baseball games!! We have several week long tournaments to keep me busy and my mind occupied! 

If there was something that could be done to make it not so hot- that would be great too. :)

There is a group of people traveling right now and they took a little gift to A for us.  I can't wait to see new pics of our little man.  He is growing so fast!  We are working hard here to get his room ready for his arrival too.  
Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day!!

I got this from Lori's blog. Great little history lesson. Have a great 4th of July!!!

Independence DayIndependence Day, in the U.S., an annual holiday commemorating the formal adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia. Although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the Fourth of July holiday has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States independence and is celebrated in all states and territories of the U.S.At the time of the signing the United States consisted of 13 colonies under the rule of England's King George III. There was a growing unrest in the colonies concerning the taxes that had to be paid to England. This was commonly refered to as "Taxation without Representation" as the colonists did not have any representation in the English Parliament and had no say in what went on. As the unrest grew in the colonies, King George sent extra troops to help control any rebellion. In 1774 the 13 colonies sent delegates to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to form the First Continental Congress. The delegates were unhappy with England, but were not yet ready to declare war.In April 1775 as the King's troops advanced on Concord Massachusetts, the battle of Concord would mark the unofficial beginning of the colonies war for Independence.June 1776 a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the first draft which was presented to the congress on June 28. A vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 - Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained. To make it official John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. On July 8th the Declaration had it's first public reading in Philadelphia's Independence Square. Twice that day the Declaration was read to cheering crowds and pealing church bells. Even the bell in Independence Hall was rung. The "Province Bell" which would later be renamed "Liberty Bell" after it's inscription - "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof."The holiday was first observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, at which time the Declaration of Independence was read aloud, city bells rang, and bands played.People celebrated with fireworks and with candles which they lit and placed in their windows.The first Independence Day celebration took place the following year - July 4 1777. By the early 1800s the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were established as the way to celebrate America's birthday. It was declared a legal holiday in 1941.The Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated publicly with parades and pageants, patriotic speeches, and organized firing of guns and cannons and displays of fireworks. Early in the 20th century public concern for a safe holiday resulted in restrictions on general use of fireworks. Although fireworks have been banned in most places because of their danger, most towns and cities usually have large firework displays for all to see and enjoy. Family picnics and outings are a feature of private Fourth of July celebrations.Today, the most popular way to celebrate Independence day is to get together with family and friends, have a cook out and attend a fireworks display!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

boys trip

My boys just got back from an incredible weekend in NYC.  They went with Moody, Moody's dad, M's brother and his two sons.  All of the male Alexander's.  Moody's brother and his family live in Colorado so this was a treat for all of them to be together for this special trip.

They went to watch the Rangers play for the last time in Yankee stadium.  They are tearing down the House the Ruth built after this baseball season.  I think they had an amazing time.  

I am trying to figure out what the Alexander women's trip is going to be---I'm thinking beach, spa, margaritas............ahhhhhh!!!

Oh, look what they brought me! A sweet Psling for baby A. :)  I love it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

a lesson from hoodmama

This is the most recent post from my amazing sister-n-law, Melissa. Please read and then go encourage her with a comment. She is hilarious, has a tender heart for the Lord, but ministry can be hard and tiring! They are making a huge difference in the lives of many living in the inner city of Big D.

MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008

An ounce of prevention.

Darius had himself a little date this afternoon with a sweet little girl from the neighborhood. They both have been on Mercy Street's Work Crew this summer and she invited him to the movies.

She invited him.

Ok, now, one thing that I've noticed and was confirmed by Mindy the other day is that most of the young ladies in this neighborhood are pretty aggressive when it comes to boys. There's the calling, the texting, and the texting and more texting. Then, they like to come over and see what other numbers are on the boys' phones. Like cats marking their territory.

We had several young pregnancies in the neighborhood already this year and there's a little girl around the corner with a child Sadie's age. He's 4. She's 16. She got pregnant at 11.

So, what's a hoodmama to do?

I knew I'd be giving these kiddos a ride to the movies this afternoon so, this morning I took my kids to the pool and got them really tired and hungry. Then, I fed them just enough lunch to tide them over, but to produce some general crankiness right around 4:30. Coincidence. I also picked up a friend of Graham's who we hadn't seen all summer for some added noise, and screaming and fighting with Kung Fu Panda toys from McDonald's.

Then, I loaded everyone up in my very dirty car, filled with crunched up cheese nips, and old Gatorade bottles, and picked up that precious little girl for her date. We had a twenty minute ride of chaos to the movies.

"Have a great time, ya'll!" Smiling and waving.

The look of horror on her face was priceless.

I know the sight and sound of my family can, for some, be birth control. I just may be learning to use it to my advantage.

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