Twenty Reasons: Two

Pink. Pink! Glorious PINK! This color is the second reason I love my little Pearl — her favorite color is pink. And she is a girly-girl in a dozen other ways, some of which are bound to appear later on this twenty-day tribute to our love for this child. The fact that the girl God… Continue reading Twenty Reasons: Two

Twenty Reasons: Three

Counting down twenty reasons to love this sweet girl God has placed into our lives, and today I’m thinking about her optimism. I wish I had a pair of rose-colored glasses up for sale, because that would go perfectly with this post. My little girl sees the best in people, believes the best, trusts God… Continue reading Twenty Reasons: Three

Twenty Reasons: Four

Twenty reasons to love this little girl we’re adopting, and one of the big ones is her generosity. Which probably doesn’t make much sense given that we are 8,000 miles apart, and all her worldly possessions could fit inside a shoebox. But oh, how she blesses me with her prayers. And with her words of… Continue reading Twenty Reasons: Four

Twenty Reasons: Five

The fifth entry in this series of reasons we love this little girl involves the memory of the first time we connected with her through Skype. It was after we’d decided to pursue her adoption, and though she already knew of us through what she’d seen and heard from the pastor, she wanted to speak… Continue reading Twenty Reasons: Five


I suppose this is a feeling that I need to get used to, a feeling that I need to ask God to help me subdue. We’ve pretty much selected a lawyer in Uganda — as long as he replies favorably to the next two questions I’m sending him, we plan to go with him. What… Continue reading Antsy

Twenty Reasons: Six

Reason number six that I love my sweet Pearl? Her softness. Obviously, I’ve never held her, so I don’t know that she will feel soft in my arms…but I feel pretty certain that she will feel just perfect there. Today I’m referring to the softness she projects, and the blessing it will be to have… Continue reading Twenty Reasons: Six

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Twenty Reasons: Seven

I’m learning something about the differences between Ugandan children and American children. Ugandan kids know that being able to go to school is a privilege. Being educated is an honor that not everyone gets to achieve. So they study hard, set big goals and work diligently toward meeting them. American kids –granted, not ALL of… Continue reading Twenty Reasons: Seven

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Special Delivery!

It came! It came! It finally came! Our adoption home study report is here! OK, so now that it’s here, we are held up only by…you guessed it…money. As of today, we’re $700 short on taking the next step of filing for her visa through immigration. Our hands were tied until we had this document,… Continue reading Special Delivery!

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Budget, Revised

Donnie and I agree that if we’re asking friends and family to help us adopt, we have an obligation to keep you posted on how things are going and where the money is (and will be) going. There have been some changes since my first post, Breaking Down the Costs. You can read the original… Continue reading Budget, Revised

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Twenty Reasons: Eight

My little Ugandan princess is such a happy girl. The strength of character she must have to radiate joy under such adverse circumstances — it just blows me away. I had the privilege of Skyping with her on Saturday. (Please pardon the cheesy editing of what’s a really cute pic of her online with us… Continue reading Twenty Reasons: Eight