Monthly Archives: March 2013

Family Time

The past few weeks have been difficult for us. We don’t have all the details and aren’t at a point to share yet. When we do (and are ready) we will post details. But we have been grieving and as it is with adoption, still moving forward at the same time. We took a few days to spend some time together as a family. We went to the beach and we had a blast! Hudson enjoyed the sand, and as he threw sand everywhere I cringed at the sand in the hair, but accepted it and let it be. I was quite pleased that his box braids stood up to the sand better than cornrows. Very little stayed in the hair and most came out while sleeping. No vacuuming needed when we got home. AND a big bonus, I was asked for hair tips from an adult African American male while in line at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. He loved how long and healthy Hudson’s hair was and the braids he had. It was nice to be getting compliments and asked for advice versus the death stares we normally get. We enjoyed a nice sunset on the beach and Hudson loved being in a hotel and sharing a bed. He really enjoyed the fact that he could sneak out of bed and get himself a snack in the middle of the night.


We had a delicious Easter dinner and Hudson enjoyed his baskets and gifts. Yes I said baskets as in 2 (one from us and Grandpa and Grandma) and gifts from both Aunt Katie and Auntie Kirbie. He was spoiled and loved it!

And now back to work on fundraising we go. We are getting everything ready for the auction which will be in just a few weeks. We have over 140 items and they are wonderful items! I can’t believe how blessed we are to have the support from friends and family and strangers. Next week I will post all of the donors and their contact info. For now we have our puzzle fundraiser going on. Sponsor a piece for $10 and your name will be written on the back. It will be framed in a double-sided glass mirror so we can show our baby everyone who helped bring them hope to their forever family. We have had a few sponsored already (THANK YOU! to those that have sponsored a piece). To be a part of our child’s journey you can make a donation through paypal ( and in the message let me know the name(s) you would like on your piece(s).

puzzleCan’t wait until the puzzle is complete and we can show it to our little one!


Under Attack

Sorry I have been quiet lately. But our family has been under “attack”. Another adoptive mom posted the following on facebook:

 “When God has shifted things in your favor, don’t be surprised if you have opposition. It means you are close to your victory.”

This is exactly how it has been for our family these past few weeks. We have been experiences a few attacks. One we can’t share about yet. When we can, when we have clarification and answers (well, as much as we can get anyways) we will share. The one we can share about is our financial attack. Monday, while an hour away from home and at work, my car stopped working. It turns on, I can move the gear shift, but then the car doesn’t move. It’s in drive but won’t move. The tow truck guy couldn’t even get the car to budge forwards or backwards when in neutral. So, what does this mean? A HUGE expense, unplanned of course! The mechanic called and unfortunately it is not an easy fix. It requires a special dealer part that has to be special ordered. It has been ordered, but who knows if it will arrive this week, and he doesn’t know how long (meaning how much labor at about $50 an hour) it will be in addition to this special order part! Meanwhile, we are paying for a rental car. Being a one car family has its down side. Tony does have a truck, but it’s not a commuter car I need for work and it is not safe for having Hudson in, so a rental car it is.  I can only hope that the quote above is true and we may be getting close to a victory in our other “attack”. But for now, we need to increase our fundraising efforts to make up the expense we will have to pay out for the car. Luckily, we have a big fundraiser coming up soon! Like our facebook page “Fufu and Injera- our DRC & Ethiopia Adoptions” so you don’t miss it.  We still have plenty of body scrubs, shea lotion, and bath salts for sale and our puzzle piece fundraiser going on. You can sponsor a piece of the puzzle for $10, purchase any of our fundraising items, or take a change bottle and fill it up. The puzzle will be framed double sided so our child can see all the names of everyone who helped bring them home to their forever family. Contact me to sponsor your piece.

And continue to pray for us in our other “attack” as we wait patiently for answers.