Tuesday, April 10, 2012


So MUCH to share....haven't posted for awhile. Our last family post in March was rather doom and gloom as the transition to life in a family of six was really hard. Things are still hard....but the good days are now great days and the bad days are much fewer and farther in-between...Thank the Lord for these exciting changes! Well to catch you up we had a Shower for Mamush at Church, A Welcome home party at JumpinJacks, Dr. Seuss' Birthday, St.Patrick's Day, Birthday, Birthday, and last but certainly not least...Easter. Our kids are learning so much about what it means to have a risen Lord, and the questions from Mamush are frequent and usually pretty deep. He just wants to know how it (Christianity) all works now! A few Photos from all of the excitement the past few months.
A Fabulous shower at Church...We are blessed with a church family who Loves and Supports Us!

Mamush and a buddy from School at Jumpin Jacks

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Elli is 10! Wow!

Try explaining this Holiday to an Ethiopian

Little Dan is 5....or as he puts it, "A Whole Hand."

Bell Ringers

Daniel is over the photo session! Mamush is wondering what he's gotten himself into with this crazy family.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Criticize This.....Really?

Social media used to unite and join as one to bring forward a complex situation and get the invisible children on the radar of the world. AMEN! I am perplexed at how quickly the critics have jumped on this campaign. There is a long and ugly history of evil men tearing apart families through horribly vile actions across Africa. Thank you Invisible Children for spreading this message and trying to rid the world of one of the worst! If you haven't watched the video please do so.

One side note.....I understand the masterful plan behind the Kony 2012 campaign....using a campaign and video gone viral to raise awareness and hopefully affect change, however, why can't we use the same plan to make JESUS famous! Just Sayin.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Just when we think and feel like things are back to "normal" in our household......we have a set-back......our genuine attempts to parent and nurture our new addition blows up.....and he retreats to a sad and angry place. Our initial parental reactions inside are of anger, frustration, and impatience....we fail to see the bigger picture...fail to see the behavior really isn't about eating your breakfast....fail to recognize in that moment that our son has experienced, and continues to experience, tremendous loss and grief. Fail to realize this is the new "normal" and that we have an uphill battle to help this precious boy heal, trust, and LOVE.

In those moments it is so amazing to see the Lord work in our lives. Lacey immediately was drawn to the book, Orphanology, and found this great passage and verse that helped us offer needed GRACE to the situation and move forward in this crazy new "normal." 

"One of the best pieces of advice I received was the warning not to expect your child or children to be grateful. It is in our nature to have this sort of savior complex where you want to say, "Can't you see we've rescued you from neglect, loneliness, and orphan status? Love me. Attach to me immediately. Appreciate me." When in reality, there is only one Rescuer, one Savior, and we want to do the same thing to Him - rebel."
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer" (Romans 12:12).

Monday, January 23, 2012

More fun in the snow. We are so blessed to have friends and family here close by who share a common Ethiopian adoption experience. Sunday we were able to get together with the Jensen and Savik families for food and fun. We were able to wrangle all of the kids together for a quick photo shoot.

4 Ethiopian Children + 7 American Children = 3 Blessed Families!

A Family Picture.......Finally!

We recently had family photos done with all of Lacey's family...19 total people! The picture below was one of the better moments with Mamush as he wasn't real happy about the whole process. The kissing put him over the edge...but really brought out his amazing smile! He refused to take off his glasses for most of the photo shoot. Never a dull moment!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fun In The Snow!

Great Saturday...shoveled sidewalks and driveway...built 2 snowmen....sledding with Bertram cousins....Dinner with Bertram Family....Everyone is tuckered out and ready for bed!

Thursday, December 29, 2011


It's been so long since we posted i thought i would post a few pictures of pre-Christmas activities.

Mamush seems to like Christmas.  He jumped right in during the tree decoration and enjoyed adding lots of sprinkles to the cookies.