Noah Hartwell


About Noah Noah is a such a wonderful little boy. He has such a sweet disposition – happy, content, well-behaved. He is often a charmer and a ham. Recently someone said he was either going to be a salesman or a pastor, because of his way with people. Noah – meaning a righteous man of

2013 Proverbs 31 translation


A translation of Proverbs 31:10-31 for 2013 It is so hard to find a good wife! When you find her, men…treat her as a precious jewel…because she is one! A husband can completely trust a wife like this…he never has reason to regret the trust he has placed in her. She doesn’t nag at him

Church to Church (C2C) Ethiopia Partnership


Our home church has a great partnership with the Mehale Ketema Kale Hiwot Church in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia. The program, Church to Church (C2C), started a few years ago as a pilot program with Compassion. With Compassion International’s sponsorship programs they work directly through churches. The partnership comes when a church in a developed country

Referralversary


I cannot believe it’s been 1 year since we received the CALL! We received the call early in the afternoon and were blessed to see these pictures of Aklil and Embafresu, only 1 month and 1 day old! They weighed 6 lb, 1 oz and 6 lb, 3 oz. We are blessed beyond belief! These

Christmas With All 4 Kiddos


Urgh… I typed this whole blog earlier and went to save it and our wireless connection went out…. Hours later, I’m hoping I can remember what I talked about… What a sweet sweet Christmas this was! Last year, we (maybe I) went through the Advent season with a somewhat reluctant heart as my heart was

Big Changes for M&M


This is part of our catching up phase (part 3)! I know I haven’t given an update lately on all of our transition bringing our babies home (since like October), but it seemed our next phase of adjustment was just a gradual thing of getting to feel more and more comfortable in different settings. Then

Catching Up


So I think I’ll catch up on the last few months with photos. I kinda fell off the band-wagon when my computer died mid-October. Here are some from mid-October through November. Click to see the photo gallery:

A Fresh Look…


As I look back over the last year, I see things differently. I’m getting a fresh look on the past 12-18 months and can see things more clearly. The Past:Sept – Dec 2011 What tough months; months of despair, sadness, rage, frustration, maybe even a little depression. We had waited longer than anticipated to add to

Baby Dedication


The beginning of November we had a wonderful baby dedication celebration. Jay’s mom flew out from Florida to spend an extended 4-5 day weekend, and my parents came out from Kansas for 3 days to enjoy. Having our babies home 4 months now and feeling like they have done so well at bonding and attaching