Monday, December 28, 2009

WE PASSED!

Today was the day.
The day we waited over 16 months for.

We passed!
We passed court today and are officially the proud parents of Misikir.

Misikir was born on June 12, 2009 in Mekele, Ethiopia and was placed in Gladney's care in Addis Ababa on June 30, 2009.

It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our 6 1/2 month old son-

Miles Misikir Harmon

Misikir
::  referral picture taken on 10/15/09  ::

Misikir
::  update picture taken on 11/09/09  ::

Misikir
::  picture received from The Perkins Family  ::

Misikir
::  update picture taken on 11/25/09  ::

Misikir
::  picture received from The Britt Family  ::

Misikir
::  update picture taken on 12/07/09  ::

Friday, December 25, 2009

A BABY CHANGES EVERYTHING

Three more days.
Three more days and we find out if we pass court or not.

It's hard not to think about it.
It's hard not to think about how much our lives are about to change.

But today,
Today our focus is not on our baby in Ethiopia, our focus is on another baby.
Today we are spending the day celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This world will never be the same because of His birth and we will never be same because of the Cross.

Today is such an amazing picture of adoption.
I love how Beth Moore puts it in her Bible study "Jesus, The One And Only."
   How awesome of God to purpose that Christ's royal lineage would come through His adoptive father, Joseph.  We shouldn't be surprised at the profound significance with which God views adoption.
"Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.  God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.  This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.  So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son."   {Ephesians 1:4-6}
   In a peculiar kind of way, God the Father allowed His Son to be 'adopted' into a family on earth so that we could be adopted into His family in heaven.

Here is a wonderful modern day retelling of the Christmas story that was shown at our church's recent Christmas program.


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

AND THE WINNER IS...

Remember this post about the contest I didn't know I was in about this here blog that I didn't know anyone read?

Well, the contest is over.

I received an email yesterday letting me know that I won.
I won!

They also sent me this cute little tag...

Adoptive mom2be winner award

So thank you!
Thank you to all of you that went over to Pregnancy Corner and voted for me.
Thank you so much!
I really appreciate it.

This was a fun, much needed distraction while we continue to wait.

I can't wait to take the $50 gift card I won from babyGap and pick out clothes to take to Ethiopia for the children.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

SIX MONTHS OLD

Baby boy Harmon is 6 months old today.

Hopefully, in 16 days, I will be able to show you his picture and give him a proper introduction, but until then, here is a little bit about {M.}.

October 15, 2009
Weight- 13 pounds // Length- 24.3 inches
{M.} is a sweet, laid-back little guy. He smiles and gurgles with delight when you tickle his tummy, and if you talk to him, he will "talk" back with happy little "ehhh, ehhh" sounds. However, he is content to rest in your arms, gaze at your face, and smile.

November 12, 2009
Weight- 15 pounds // Length- 26 inches
{M.} has started to squeal.

November 25, 2009
{M.} has easy-going written all over his face. From his sleepy eyes to the relaxed way a smile spreads across his face, {M.} seems to take it all in stride. I can almost hear him saying a common expression used here: "chigger yellum", or "no problem". Where I found him today was also a fitting place for such a laid back little man: outside "sunning". He seemed to be just letting the morning sun rays soak in, enjoying the blue skies and cool breeze. What a handsome, even-tempered little guy!

We are so ready!
Ready to tickle his tummy.
Ready to hear his squeal.
Ready to look into his sleepy eyes.
Ready to post updates about {M.} first hand, instead of retyping what others say about him.

Monday, December 7, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Today is Keith's birthday.
He turns 35 today.

I am very blessed to be able to partner with him in life and in ministry.

Keith is a very passionate man.
He is passionate about his family. About people. About ministry.
But most of all, passionate about Jesus.

He is a man who chases after God with all he has.
And I am crazy about him.
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Many people tell me that Alex looks like Keith.
I see it in his eyes.
He does have his daddy's eyes.

But not just the color.
The way he sees.

Keith loves people with his whole heart.
He treats everyone... EVERYONE, the same.
And I see those very things in Alex.

It is such an amazing blessing to watch Alex become more and more like his daddy. But that is because his daddy is keeping his eyes and heart fixed on Jesus and striving to become more like Him.

These eyes.
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These eyes are still in Ethiopia.
His eyes may not look exactly like Keith's, but I pray that he too will see just like his daddy.
"And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers..."
{Malachi 4:6}

Thursday, December 3, 2009

WE HAVE A DATE

We received our court date today!

December 28th.

It's so weird to think that in just 25 days, {baby boy Harmon} could legally be ours.

This whole process has been amazing.
You experience every emotion humanly possible at some point on the journey.
(Sometimes, all in one day.)

And now, to think we are on the home stretch.
That the path we have been on for over a year is coming to an end.
The end of one journey which leads to the beginning of another.

I never thought this day would actually come.
I can't wait for you to meet him.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

VOTE 4 ME

I received an email today from someone at Pregnancy Corner.
I thought it was a little strange at first, because, well, I'm not pregnant.

She told me that they've been running a contest the past month for mom2be bloggers.

Somehow, they came across my blog and nominated me for the adoptive mom2be category. And somehow I made it to the top 3.

Not too bad for a contest I didn't even know I was in about a blog I didn't think anyone even read. Ha!

So, if you have a second, please click on the button below and vote for me.

mom2be blog awards by Pregnancy Corner.com

The final winner in each category will receive a $50 babyGap gift card.
If I win, I'll use it to purchase clothes to take to Ethiopia for the babies still waiting their forever families.


TIRED OF WAITING

Some days I'm fine.
The waiting is okay.

But some days, some days the waiting is just too much.
I heard the wait after the referral is the worst, and well, it's true.

I was talking to Keith the other day about wishing we had a court date and he said, "How you respond reveals a lot about your theology."

After I shot him a quick dirty look for going all 'preacher' on me, he started explaining what he meant.

Do you believe God is Sovereign?
Do you believe that He is in complete control?
Do you believe that His timing is indeed perfect?

Of course the answer to all three questions is YES!

16 month ago we started our adoption journey.
I wondered if I could really, I mean really truly love this child like my own.
And here I sit, a year and a half later, fully and completely head over heels in love with a child I've never even meet. My heart is full and it aches to have my baby home.

The wait, although hard, isn't something I would trade for anything.

The wait has forced me trust my Jesus in ways I've never had to before.
The wait has caused me to spend countless hours praying and in God's Word.
The wait has reminded me of how much God loves me and how He patiently waits for me to come to Him, to lean on Him, to trust him.
From 'Jesus Calling' by Sarah Young
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, shackles of worry fall off instantly. Enjoy My Presence continually by trusting Me at all times.

{Matthew 6:34; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 62:8}