This is blog was created to share some tidbits of our daily lives

and advocate on behalf of the 143 million orphans around the world!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Referral!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our Ethiopian Princess

We are OVER the moon and so humbled to announce our daughter...

Lola Joy K. Stanley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lola is from Ethiopia, AFRICA!!!! (Yes, we are still waiting for our China doll as well.)
She is approximately 4 weeks old. We received an email about her on March 16th and have been waiting to hear about her medical info before telling everyone. We have a courtdate for May 22nd!!!! This means a lawyer in Ethiopia will act as our Power of Attorney on May 22nd. Pray that we pass court the first time. Some do not! Pray that we can find favor with a soft-hearted judge!! If we pass court, we can travel 2-4 weeks after to go and get her! Yay~

Lola is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!! WE are in LOVE!!

Here are things to pray for;
Pray that her medicals all come back normal
Pray that we find favor with a good judge
Pray that Lola has excellent care
Pray that ALL her needs are met
Pray that she is the Nanny's favorite! :)
Pray that she will know that we are her Mommy and Daddy the Moment we embrace her
Pray that the Lord heals the hole in her heart for her birthmother
Pray that she attaches and bonds to us
Pray that she and our boys form a bond that is closer than blood!
Pray that the Lord knits all our hearts together in HIM
Pray that God gives us provision and takes care of every detail and obstacle that may come our way
Pray for our boys as this transition will be a big one for all of us.
Pray that we will be able to give equal love and affection to all of our children so that they know how much we deeply love them individually~
There are SO MANY things to pray for....but that's a start!

Dear Lord,

Help Lola lie down and sleep in peace at night, for you alone, O Lord make her dwell in safety~
Allow her to take refuge in you.
Sing over her with joy!
Spread your protection over her!
Be her stronghold!

Lola Joy,
Our hearts are so full of love for you!
We're coming soon!!!!

Thank you to those of you who have prayed and supported us throughout this process.
Your love and prayers mean so much to us!!


Monday, March 30, 2009

Scripture Verse for March 30th

Psalm 3:3,4

But you are a shield around me, O Lord;
you bestow your glory on me and lift my head.
To the Lord I cry aloud, and He answers me
from His holy hill.

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put EVERYTHING under his feet:
all the flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the fields,
the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

I stand amazed in the presence of the ONE I love.
The works HIS hands have made.

Monday, March 16, 2009

New Scripture Verse for March 15th

Zephaniah 3:17

"The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."

So humbled, so overwhelmed for the work the Lord is doing in us. As in "Facing the Giants" the coach at the end of the movie says, "Oh God, I'm overwhelmed!". I am feeling the very same feeling a good way! Pray! I'll share more soon!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Happy Birthday To You!

Here is Brennan when we was 1 year old. Hard to believe he is 9 today! (tears)
Bren invited his buddy Keegan to go to Laser Tag !

Here they are right before they went into the arena!

They rocked this arena! Way to go, guys!
Happy Birthday my sweet, big boy!
God is so good to us!
You totally rock!

Our newest member of God's Big, Big house!!!!

Today our little man gave his heart to the Lord. He's been asking LOTS of questions about heaven. We've been having lots of sweet discussions over the passed couple of weeks. Today after church he asked Jesus into his heart! YIPPEE!!!! He prayed the sweetest prayer!
Our hearts are overjoyed!!!

Rejoice in the Lord Always, I will say it again: Rejoice!!
Philippians 4:4

Friday, March 6, 2009

Shophie Belle

This is our sweet Sophie Belle!
(Our sweet friends' little girl.)
She LOVES coming to "Ju Ju's"!!
She asked to come and play, so guess what, that's what we did!
We played the piano, played basketball, horthie,
put on perfume and smelly lotion, etc.
She's a blast!!!
She asks me to do the "horthie". (Horsie)
This girl knows how to give Ju Ju a work out!

She laughs SO HARD when we do this and she
always says... "again" right as soon as I stop!
Look at that face!! Beautiful girl!

Love you, Bella!
You bring us such joy!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Scripture for March 1st

"Let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate,
and the hope of salvation as a helmet."

1 Thessalonians 5:8
Let me just say I have so been clinging to these verses to get me through each day.
The WORD of God has been my daily bread, for which I am so hungry.