Favorite Photo Friday

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So, it rained in Phoenix.  I know, right??  Rain.  In Phoenix.  It happened people.  Since we are moving to the tropics where there are basically two seasons: Rainy and Less Rainy, we thought we would expose Elias to rain now.  HE LOVED IT!  He crawled around happily for awhile.  And then he came inside for a warm bath.

P.S.-Really quick visa update: we’re still waiting.  Next week will decide if we are in the U.S. for Christmas or not.


We have so much to be thankful for this year!

*Our son.  A year ago today we never would have guessed that we would have an 8 1/2 month old by now!  God is amazing!  And, somehow we ended up with the very best baby.
*Our son’s birth mom.  There are not enough words in the English language to express how grateful we are for her.  She chose to give our son life and she chose us to parent him.  We are beyond blessed by her.
*Our family and friends.  We have loved having this extra long time in the U.S. to spend with our family and friends!  Not to mention the new friends we have made (what up Idahoans!!).  Everyone has been so encouraging and supportive of us during our time off from the field.  Plus they have poured out love on our little baby boy.  (I mean, one look at that little face, and there’s not much more you can do than love him :) )
*MAF.  This little org that we work for has been so amazing through this adoption process. Not many jobs would allow you a year and a half off from your main job so that we could adopt.  PLUS, MAF is full of wonderful people who take care of so many details so that we don’t have to worry about them.


Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope your year has been blessed!

Favorite Photo Friday

Whelp, another week has come and gone and we still don’t have visas.  Sigh.  Sometimes governments don’t work on my timeline.  But, God knows.  He knows exactly when we are supposed to get home.

In the meantime, I have the cutest baby on planet earth.  Um, like, for reals.


He is a boy of many talents: balancing a water bottle on his lip, for example.  He is also a crawling machine and has managed to grow the most beautiful eyelashes I’ve ever seen (why do boys always get the pretty eyelashes?)

Do we love this kid, or what?  So blessed!

Favorite Photo Friday

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The obligatory lime-face photo from our trip to Mexico!  (just got home today from a quick 4-day trip to Mexico with Nathan’s parents)

Don’t be fooled by the photo; he went back for seconds!

Good News!


We have just received word that our visa application is out of the DGAC (Indonesian FAA) and is moving on to the next step!  Yay!

Hopefully this means that we will be back in Indonesian within the month.

I’m dreaming of ocean breezes for Christmas!!

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Favorite Photo Friday: Halloween Special

There were so many cute Halloween photos in the running for “favorite photo” this week, but ultimately this one won:

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Nathan, Nathan’s Grandma and Elias.  Elias is her 11th great-grandchild!

Before Trick-or-Treating last night, we went over to visit Nathan’s Grandma.  Elias got his chubby cheeks pinched more times than we could count.  It was good practice for Indonesia though, where cheek pinching is an art form!  Elias was a good sport about the whole thing.

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My sweet little fox had no idea what was going on, but he sure did love being outside and smiling at all the people.

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He and his cousin, the cow, AKA Parker, loved riding around in the wagon together.  They are exactly 364 days apart in age.

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This will be the last Halloween we celebrate for a long time (Halloween isn’t celebrated in Indonesia), so it was fun to get our little guy dressed up for the night!