Wow!  So much to do.  We have begun the process of gathering information, filling out paperwork, requesting official documents, and preparing for our home study.  We are most likely looking at a typical timeframe of about 12-18 months before we travel to Ethiopia to bring home our child.  Throughout that time there will be plenty to do, but we also hope many of you will want to join with us in this journey.  Here are a few ways you might choose to share in this experience with us:

~~Through our blog:
We plan to chronicle our journey of pursuing God, family, and adoption through this site and we invite you to stay up-to-date with the latest news as well as our thoughts and reflections throughout the process.  We hope that you will keep coming back to either ask questions, leave comments, write a prayer for us, or just simply offer us some encouragement!

~~Through Prayer!
Please pray for us.  Pray for the information gathering.  Pray for our home study. Pray for our future child and our child’s family.  Pray for the finances to be provided as we need them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers.

~~Through Giving.
We humbly ask that you prayerfully consider if this is a way you would like to participate with us on this journey to adoption.  Our total costs will be in the neighborhood of $28,000, so we are walking forward in faith trusting that God will provide what we need, when we need it.  We are already fully invested in this process and are planning other opportunities to raise funds as well.  We recognize that adoption may not be possible for everyone, so this might be one way to partner with us in fulfilling our dreams for ministry and family.  Starfish Orphan Ministry is a non-profit organization working with us and makes it possible for your gift to be tax-deductible.  If you would like to donate toward our adoption, you can make out a check to Starfish and attach a separate note with our names.  You can find their address by clicking on their link at the top left of our blog. Starfish will then send you a receipt.  If you do not need a tax deduction, you can send something to us directly.  We are grateful whatever you decide.

As always we welcome your love, encouragement, prayers and questions as we walk this road.  Thank you for being involved in our lives, for loving us to no end, and for playing a role in shaping us into who we are today.  We are so blessed.  May God continue to create in us a heart like His, as we all look for ways to join Him at work in our world.

Live to Love…

Mike & Sara