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Some Recent BrownTown Pics

Okay.  So, I’ve been told we don’t put enough pics up on the ole blog lately.  My bad. Here’s a few that I’ve taken recently.  You’ll see all sorts of things in this collection – Thomas the Train, my mom, my aunt, my uncle, my cousin, and of course a bunch of fun pics of the kids and stuff.  They are extremely excited about the new baby and want it to get here soon.  We are of course, happy to wait the full 9 months.  Excited for him or her to come, but “ready?” We’ll be ready when the baby gets here.

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Three Months

It’s hard to believe but we’ve now been on the waiting list for three months! Back in December when they put us on the list, our agency told us that it would probably take anywhere from seven to ten months for us to get our referral. At this point it looks like it will be longer but we’re still hopeful of getting a referral by Christmas and going to pick up the newest member of BrownTown a few weeks later. We’ll see what God has planned. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

News from Ethiopia

Great news from Ethiopia today! We got an email from our agency stating that MOWA, the government agency that oversees adoption in Ethiopia, is still processing 40 adoptions every day and it looks like they are going to stay at that rate indefinitely. This is the news we were hoping to hear. If you read our previous entries then you know that MOWA at one time was considering cutting back to only five adoptions per day. Had they done that, our adoption could have taken three years longer or more. We’re so thankful that won’t be the case.

Thanks to those of you who prayed about this. We’re so grateful. We would have been content with whatever God deemed best, but we’re especially glad that things turned out this way.

Ethiopian Adoption Cuts are Official

The US State Dept posted a notice today stating that Ethiopian Adoption Cuts are real. Apparently, they will now only process five adoptions per day as opposed to the 40 to 50 they had been doing. This is obviously a major blow to the children awaiting homes as well as the families waiting for children.  While we are thankful that the Ethiopian government is working to ensure that all adoptions are legal and above board, we are hoping and praying that this limitation will not be permanent.
There are two things you can do to help:

First, you can pray that the government there, specifically MOWA (Ministry of Women’s Affairs) will find another way to make sure that all the adoptions are done legally and correctly with the children’s best interests in mind, and that they will go back to processing 50 adoptions or more per day.

Second, you can sign the petition found here:

Ethiopian Adoption Emergency – Petition to Ethiopian Prime Minister

Please take a few moments to do both these things right now.



We’ve been reading a lot of news and speculation about the Ethiopian government cutting international adoptions by as much as 90%. Right now, there’s been no definitive statements and we don’t really know what to believe. Some people believe that they may be shutting the doors much as China did a few years ago. Others think this is political infighting between governmental agencies looking for funding and decreased workloads. God only knows which is true. Really. God is the only one who knows what’s going to happen with this thing. Which is good for us. We know him. We can talk to him. We can plead our case to him – the only one who can really do anything about this. We’re hoping that God will move in the hearts of the people in Ethiopia, who we believe want the absolute best for the orphans there, and that they will not cut back international adoptions. But we don’t know what’s going to happen. So, if you would, please pray for the people at MOWA – The Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Ethiopia, as well as their justice system. Pray that they will not close the door to International adoptions and that the current adoption cases that are in their system won’t sit un-processed while they figure all this out. Also, pray for all the families who have already received referrals for the child they will adopt and are now just waiting. Many of these families have actually already met their adoptive children and talked to them, held them, played with them and spent time with them and now they are simply waiting for the legal process to run it’s course. These are challenging times for them. Pray for peace and comfort. Last but not least, pray for the children. They have already been through much just to get to this point. They need loving families, something an orphanage just can’t provide. Pray for their peace and comfort as they wait for their forever families.


Made You Look

Okay. I really know nothing much about Rob Bell’s new book or exactly why John Piper is so mad at him. I’m pretty sure Charlie Sheen is not involved. However, while you’re here, why not read up a bit on our upcoming adoption or other fun stuff about our family?

Dancing Fools

I can’t even remember how this tradition got started in BrownTown but we like to make our kids dance. We’ll make them dance for just about anything. Some days they might have to dance for ice cream and other days they may have to dance to get to watch a show on tv. Sometimes when we are really wild and out of control everyone in the family will come up with their very own dance. I’m sure some dance lessons would serve us well in the future. In case you are wondering, there IS lots of singing that usually accompanies these silly little dance numbers.