"If I were to ask God why He lets poverty and injustice exist, why there are so many orphans and why He does nothing about it, I am SURE He would ask me the same ..."

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About Us

My name is Jessica and my dear sweet hubby is Kelly. We have three beautiful girls, big sis and little sis plus our newest little baby sis :) Welcome to our site where we will blog about our journey to grow our family through adoption in Africa.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In case you missed it the first time around!

Our big girls have a little message for you...

enjoy!

You need to turn off the music at the bottom of this page FIRST! :-)
video


Click on the donate button to the right to sponsor Big Sis or Little Sis.  You can leave a comment with your Paypal payment or leave a comment here.  

Thanks so much!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Have you asked people to sponsor your run?

Don't forget, if you are running or walking for the Trot on Saturday to ask people to sponsor you.  Every single dollar helps, so no amount is too small.  

Who can you ask?
your mom
your grandma
your neighbor
your brother
your aunt
your great uncle
people at work
people at church

You get the idea!  Now go get some sponsors!


You can download your sponsor form here, and attach an envelope to keep everything together.


Remember to bring your sponsor money Saturday morning.

We will have PRIZES for the top fundraisers!

If you haven't registered yet, it's not too late, click here.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today is the Day!!!

Today is the day!  The Trot-to-Adopt is 9 days away! You need to register by noon tomorrow in order to guarantee you’ll get one on race day, January 28th.  

If you don’t live in the Augusta area but would still like to participate, you can register for the race online, raise sponsors right where you are, and we’ll mail you your shirt!  Please help us spread the word and if you’re already registered, start asking all your friends, family, and neighbors to sponsor you as you run for a precious little boy in Ethiopia!  

The top fundraisers will win great prizes!  

We are praying that God would use this race to spread awareness about adoption and help us raise the rest of the money we need to bring our sweet baby Caleb home.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Reminder, Trot to Adopt Prizes

1st place prize for the runner or walker that raises the most sponsor money 
iPad 2

2nd place
iPod Nano


Print your sponsor form here and get started today!

Don't forget, bring your form and all money collected to the race on Jan. 28th, rain or shine.

If you haven't registered yet, head over to the Trot blog to register as a runner or for the Family Fun Run.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Remembering 2 Years

On the anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, I thought I'd repost my thought from last year.

This is the post

The Event that Changed it All.



So, I have been thinking about the people in Haiti recently, not just because of the anniversary of their earthquake, but because of the significance that earthquake has had on my family.

First off let me say that I am praying for peace and stability for that country.....just the other day I read an news article about the rampant rape crimes that are happening because of poor lighting and poor security in the communities that many people have lived in since the earthquake. It's sad to know that this is happening and that even when a woman is brave enough to come forward, nothing is done about it.

The story said that children as young as 2 were at risk.....

I have no words for that.....

I have to give it to the Lord and hug my girls a little tighter.

So what changed for our family with the earthquake you ask?

Well, you may know that a year ago, I desperately wanted to be pregnant. My dear sweet hubby and I had traveled all the way to Texas to have a vasectomy reversal in November. The doctor was very encouraged and I just knew that I would be pregnant in no time. But, as it was, in January, I was not pregnant and I was very anxious about whether or not the surgery was successful. Kelly saw that stress, he saw my tears over wanting a baby, knowing that we were supposed to be a bigger family and wondering if that would ever happen.

And then this tragic earthquake happened.....

people all over where killed, families separated or completely left alone, children orphaned.

God used this tragedy to soften his heart, to open his eyes. You see, every time I would even mention adoption, the answer was always no...No, my husband felt like he could not love a child that did not come from him.....No, we didn't have enough money to adopt a child....No

But, with the combined sadness that Kelly saw in me that January and thousands upon thousands more orphans that were created in the blink of an eye, Kelly could suddenly see the need, he could suddenly see that he could love a child not of his body, he suddenly saw that this could be something that our family could do.

The change did not happen the day or even the week of the earthquake. But within the month following it, as we watched the news unfold, as we heard about the plane full of orphans who had already had adoptions completed came home to the US,

my husband changed.

What a difference a year has made. We do not have our referral and we actually feel like we are just sitting on our hands as far as our adoption goes. That's okay, God has His timing, I don't understand it, as I have said before, I don't always like it, but I am going with it!

So here we are, a year later, because of an earthquake in a tiny country called Haiti, we are praying and longing for a little boy, somewhere in Ethiopia, maybe born, maybe still growing in his birthmother's womb, who one day will join our family, one day he will be spoiled rotten by his big sisters, who one day...we will call Caleb, our mighty warrior, our child born not of our bodies, but in our hearts.



We still wait and pray for you Caleb.  We still talk about you often and wonder how old you are, or will be when you get to us.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We are approved!

Ha!  Who knew?!  Just kidding... I wasn't worried about any problems with our FBI fingerprints, but we are glad that part is behind us.  As I mentioned before, the actual process was quite painless, the price ($) not so painless...  I just have to remind myself it's all part of the ransom for my child, a child I have never laid eyes on, but one that I pray for and think of.  The one I plan for (yes, the hubby wanted to know what I had bought so many Christmas place mats...you know...for the future!), and the one I long for.

I wonder, will his face be long and slender, or chubby and round?  Will his skin be dark chocolate or a light coffee color?  I wish he was with us as we celebrate family this week, even with all the sickness and go, go, go of the holiday, I wish he was with us.  I wish the matching cribs were set up in the baby room.

But, he's not.  It makes me sad, but I am clinging to the truth that God has a better handle on the details, the timing, and all the things in-between than I do.

So, we have a 1-171H




Now we just need all the money that goes with the dossier.....

I am claiming this and praying it over our adoption.


Jer. 29:11 
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Will you sponsor us?!

Our big girls have a little message for you...

enjoy!

You need to turn off the music at the bottom of this page FIRST! :-)
video


Click on the donate button to the right to sponsor Big Sis or Little Sis.  You can leave a comment with your Paypal payment or leave a comment here.  

Thanks so much!!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

We need to submit our dossier!

Can you help?



Please pass this on!

Trot Prizes!

Who wants to win some prizes??!!

Fundraising really isn't that hard.  Just register to run or walk on Jan. 28th, then ask a couple people if they'd like to sponsor you.

How much money in sponsorships do you think you can raise?

$75     Easy
$100    Just $10 from 10 people
$200    Come on, the girl scouts can do it!
$300    I want to win an iPad 2!!!!!

Go to the Trot to Adopt Blog and register under the Cote Family too to guarantee a t-shirt. (Sneak peak coming soon!)

1st place prize for the runner or walker that raises the most sponsor money 

2nd place


Print your sponsor form here and get started today!

Don't forget, bring your form and all money collected to the race on Jan. 28th, rain or shine.
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