12 May 2011



tomorrow we'll leave the house at the crack of 7am for this first trip to ethiopia. (or more likely, we'll leave at the crack of 7:12 after i've dashed back into the house for one more thing six times and the mister has had to practice deep breathing whilst waiting in the driveway. odds are on this one.)

we’d love to have you pray us along as we head out to meet our littlest. if you'd like to join in, please pray:

today
-that we’d have water restored to our house. (our tank and electric well pump fizzled out on tuesday, we’re hopeful they’ll both be back up and running today. on a side note, we’ve had church family and neighbors bend over backwards to diagnose the problem and keep us watered and showered: it’s been amazing.)
-that we’ll wrap up final preparations, have time to hang out with the small folk, prioritize well, and be chill.

friday/saturday
-for seamless travel, patience beyond ourselves, and the ability to gather sleep where we can. that we’ll choose to see the best in the people around us (up to and including and especially each other), that our words will be steeped in grace.

sunday/monday
-for meaningful time with our son. pray that he’ll have a visceral sense that we are safe and can be trusted, that we treasure him clear through, and that we will return for him.

tuesday
-for a propitious court hearing, for clarity and honesty as we answer whatever the judge may ask.

tues/wednesday
-for successful travel home and especially for fortitude and peace as we have to leave our little guy for a while. that we view the people around us with tenderness.





and every day: please pray that our quad of young’uns back home relish their time with grandma and don’t miss us one bit.


thank you, friends. see you all on the other side. :)

36 comments:

happygirl said...

You can count on my for prayer. xo

Bless by Tone said...

praying

TheUnSoccerMom said...

praying, praying, praying! :o)

The Oppold Family: said...

Praying, praising and and asking the Spirit to move and impact you each in ways only He can!

Jenn said...

have been praying and will continue to pray. will pray you there and back and there and back again. ENJOY this crazy, amazing time. even though it is hard, you will miss it. love you and what you are doing!

Raechel said...

praying (and wriggling!) for you.

paula said...

you are in my thoughts and prayers. and if you don't mind i will post your prayer needs on my blog as well.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

This is Big Dream stuff, right here. I'm so excited for you and your family! You know I'm praying...

Love you!

E. Lehman said...

it is an honor to be able to pray for such things.

Farmgirl Paints said...

praying for all that and more. so excited for you nic!

Hopper family said...

prayers for your family and especially for the heart of your smallest. soak up every minute and enjoy the beautiful country you'll forever be in love with. safe travels!

Jessica said...

EXCITED for you!!! Praying for that and more...especially for the little one about to receive a huge blessing...God speed!

Anonymous said...

you can be sure that I am praying for you on this wonderful adventure

Sarah said...

Wow! You all will be experiencing such BIG days ahead, while I'll just be doing my ordinary things. Will pray and can't wait to see photos of your journey.

Michele said...

I hope everything goes smoothly and if it doesn't, you'll laugh it off. Your newest little one is going to love your family and feel welcome, loved and part of it right away. Have fun!

Joybird said...

Done! Oh I can't wait to hear what He does on this trip. May He bind up your mamaheart as you travel home.

Karen Siddiqi said...
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Karen Siddiqi said...

I'm praying for God to bless your trip and prepare your little one to fill your arms with more hugs than you think you can give. I know he's not coming home this trip, but this makes it all seem so very close at hand :).

Brandee Shafer said...

You can count on my prayers. I love you and your family, and, already, I love the way your story ends.

MP said...

We are praying for you and your travels. For you little ones and your littlest one. For peace. And Joy. And that you're ALL wrapped warm in God's love.

Katarina said...

Wishing you a wonderful time, safe and pleasant trip. Can't wait to hear the news:)))
xoxox

hannah singer said...

praying and praying!! xo
Psalm 90:16-17
"Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!"

rahel said...

my thoughts are with you! You must be right now with your small boy... how exciting. I am looking forward to read more.

Joybird said...

Praying for you right now...
8:21am Monday (EAT) - Time in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

hannah singer said...

(praying for you just now-and sending hugs!)

Katie Stratton said...

so thrilled for you and your family! safe travels...you're in my constant prayers.

<3

Brandee Shafer said...

Just wanted to let you know that you hit my heart/head KAPOW! today around 1 or 1:30 EST, & I poured out my heart to Our Heavenly Father on your and your family's behalf. Said a special prayer for your leaving/waiting/missing mommy heart. Hope all went well. With all my love and prayers, Brandee

lulu and family said...

been praying with you this week. really love this post. thank you for letting us pray some wonderful specifics for and with you all. thankful for you and your family's heart. safe and peace-filled travels!=)

deb colarossi said...

I'm a puddle of tears here , Nic.
Oh my.
I can't even fathom it all.

You've shared it in a way that has brought such light into my heart.
I can only imagine how loved this new little son of yours already feels in his soul.

( so glad to be all caught up here , and so so glad that there are wonder filled people such as yourself to remind me to live well and in gratitude and love and grace always )

deb colarossi said...

I'm a puddle of tears here , Nic.
Oh my.
I can't even fathom it all.

You've shared it in a way that has brought such light into my heart.
I can only imagine how loved this new little son of yours already feels in his soul.

( so glad to be all caught up here , and so so glad that there are wonder filled people such as yourself to remind me to live well and in gratitude and love and grace always )

Brandee Shafer said...

Just wanted to let you know that you hit my heart/head KAPOW! today around 1 or 1:30 EST, & I poured out my heart to Our Heavenly Father on your and your family's behalf. Said a special prayer for your leaving/waiting/missing mommy heart. Hope all went well. With all my love and prayers, Brandee

rahel said...

my thoughts are with you! You must be right now with your small boy... how exciting. I am looking forward to read more.

MP said...

We are praying for you and your travels. For you little ones and your littlest one. For peace. And Joy. And that you're ALL wrapped warm in God's love.

Raechel said...

praying (and wriggling!) for you.

The Oppold Family: said...

Praying, praising and and asking the Spirit to move and impact you each in ways only He can!

Bless by Tone said...

praying