Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Big Day!

We no longer have to feel quite so blue about this adoption process... It feels as thought we have turned a corner and we might now be headed in a forward direction. In the mailbox I found  a letter that we have been waiting for and it made me shake to open it. We received our 
Department of Homeland Security letter that gave us favorable determination for advance processing of orphan petition. In English that means the US government determined upon review of all our paperwork, that we are able to furnish proper care to an orphan or orphans.
This is what the Nepali Ministry has been waiting for in order to move us into the next stage of matching us with a child. Reading the letter made both Bob and I chuckle as we continue to wonder when we will know who SHE is. When will the referral come, when can we plan to know who is intended for our family? The waiting is much more challenging than we thought it would be. Not only because we are eager for her arrival into our family but because we have no control over anything that happens throughout this process. We simply wait. We talk about the next phase of parenthood and just this week I began to show Bob what I would like to do in creating a room for our daughter. Even that felt a bit strange. We learned this week that many areas of Nepal only have electricity for six hours a day so some weeks it is challenging for our agency to be in contact with the attorney who is closely working with the government as the adoptions begin to get rolling in Nepal. So this week there was very little news from our agency. The look on Owen's face above says it all... Some days when well meaning people ask how it is going that is the face I would love to make. Instead today we are smiling. We are smiling because somewhere thousands of miles away our daughter is either already born or soon to be born to a birth mother who will have to make the most courageous choice of her life. Someone recently told me to pray for the birth mother. Pray for her health, her choices, her courage to find the right orphanage where she will leave the child we will someday be blessed to meet.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Into Our Arms Forever!

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welcome home ava! from melanie Strobel on Vimeo.

Meeting Ava during our first trip to Ethiopia

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Meeting Ava Ethiopia Trip July 2010 from melanie Strobel on Vimeo.

Korah- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

During our recent visit to Ethiopia I felt very called to the village of Korah in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. There have been numerous rumblings lately about the tremendous need to help the children of Korah who are growing up in and around the local trash dump. The village was established 75 years ago as a place to send people with leprosy who were said to be cursed. Now there is a 3rd generation of people living in Korah with nearly 100,000 suffering from such things as leprosy, HIV, misc disease and of course malnutrition. There are many children of Korah who have been forced to live and work at the trash dump in hopes of finding food and possible items to sell in Korah's center of town. With the start of the Great Hope Church in Korah and the building of a shelter, along with the ministry of local Sammy Liben and Sumer Yates, there is now a feeding program and a sponsorship program in place to rescue the forgotten children of Korah and send them to boarding school where they can escape the horror of the conditions of living and working in a large trash dump. For more information please visit: or where you can learn more about how you or your organization can help the people and the children of Korah. Please send me a message or email Erin Allen at to request sponsorship information. I will soon be posting the photos of my day recently spent in Korah. I must tell you it was life changing and beyond anything I have ever done to stretch, change and rearrange myself. God helped me to help the people who I met. Much of what I could offer was nothing more than the snap of my camera or a warm touch or an inviting smile. The needs in Korah are beyond our wildest imagination yet God is over Korah and there is already amazing work being done. I invite you to view the following videos to learn more about the beauty and the needs of Korah's people.


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Hannah's Hope Orphanage- Ethiopia

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