Being in Africa for an extended period of time and attempting to finalize our adoption is not without its challenges. But they’re probably not the ones you might think. Below are some specific things you might pray for as you think of us. Just this morning I finished listening to John Piper’s sermon from New … More Challenges in Africa: How You Can Pray for Us
We’re adjusting to life in Uganda, which is really not too difficult. We both love it here and have considered serving the Lord in Africa for an indefinite period of time. There are inconveniences, but the degree of inconvenience that we (or you) experience depends on controllable things like expectations, attitude, and perspective. I would say that being here makes … More Uganda, Judah, and the Kids
Finally — internet! After multiple attempts in various locations, here I am in the Source Cafe on Main Street in Jinja, Uganda, paying 2,000 shillings for one hour of internet access. Lest you think that I’m making some great monetary sacrifice to post on my blog, that’s about $1.15. There’s a lot to say (especially … More Uganda, Adoption, Judah, Court
I won’t be writing as much as normal (at least not here) over the next few days if not the next few weeks. I don’t assume that anyone cares about my presence or absence within the blogging world, but I think it’s fair to let you know. We leave in sixteen days to go get … More Getting Ready
Oh my goodness:
I have never been a parent before, so I don’t know what it’s like to watch your son grow up through the newborn and baby stages. I’m becoming an adoptive parent, though, so I’m learning what it’s like to watch your son grow up through pictures and brief descriptions. It’s hard. But its difficulty is due to … More What Is Judah Like?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Our son is probably going to be huge. Here’s more evidence from a volunteer at Amani: I (rachel) actually took Charles [Judah] in to Jinja yesterday because I had the morning off. He is one of my favorites and was a doll the whole time! He fell asleep … More Judah’s Lunch
I have some orange Adidas athletic shorts with the three white Adidas stripes down the side. My friend Mark Secomb bought them for me on the way back from a student staff retreat a couple years ago because he wanted to replace my old-school fluorescent green ones that I’ve always worn in intramural games. Then … More Adoption Update: A Growing Boy
I think my son is going to be huge. All the mashed bananas they’re feeding him are dead-ending in his stomach. Maybe we won’t need a stroller. We’ll just roll him around. I think he’d be happy either way.
Here’s one small reason why international justice is important. By “small,” I mean the girl, not the reason. (HT: Adam Powell)
For anyone who's interested, we're having a co-ed open house baby shower for Judah on Saturday, May 6 from 6:00-10:00pm at Oak Manor. Literally anyone who wants to come is invited, so feel free to stop by for however long or short you can. Bring anyone you'd like with you, too. It's really just a … More Judah’s Open House Baby Shower!
Earlier this week we received two more pictures of Judah. They told us that he was born on December 20, 2005. That was our three-year anniversary! That also makes him a little more than five months old right now. And at five months old, he only weighs 9.5 pounds. I think my baby brother Greg … More Judah, Adopting, and Forsaking
I don't think I ever mentioned it here, but we decided to name our adopted son "Judah." We got two new pictures of him today, not from the orphanage but from a couple volunteering at the Amani Baby Cottage. Don't ask me how I feel about Judah, because I would need to employ a tool called … More Judah!
I don't think I ever mentioned that while I was in Uganda I found out about a great opportunity for people (usually girls) to volunteer at Amani Baby Cottage. You'd be helping take care of babies from newborns to three-year-olds.These details aren't exact, but they told me that you could volunteer for a month at the … More Volunteer Opportunity at Amani Baby Cottage
I find my two-month-old soon-to-be-adopted son looking at me every time I turn my computer on. He's (of course) my desktop background. If you want to see what I get to look at every day, check him out. I know his age (two months); where he's from (Uganda and the Amani Baby Cottage); what his … More Not For Anyone
Mary from the Amani Baby Cottage called around noon today to inform us that they've chosen a baby boy for us! His name is Charles, and he's about two months old right now. Their guess is that we'll head to Uganda to finalize the adoption and pick him up around June or July, when he's … More Our New Son “Charles”!