On Saturday evening Daniel and I attended the Orphan’s Ticket Home gala. Wow. I simply can’t describe it all, but here is a list of a few of the gifts God gave us that evening:
- We got to meet Aster Fesseha, the founder and director of the orphanage that our son will live in before we get to come and get him. Before we arrived, I thought it was “cool” that she would be there. When I actually met her face to face, I fell apart. She will be the one caring for my baby boy when I can’t.
- We sat beside a wonderful, interesting, insightful couple who adopted from Ethiopia three years ago. They honestly shared about the fun parts and difficult parts of their experience and let us ask many, many questions.
- We got to hear Tom Davis speak. What an amazing vessel. It’s not often that you find a person who is as remarkably talented in so many ways. He has a tender, passionate heart for orphans and the vulnerable of the world. He is both a visionary and a do-er. He is a fantastic writer. (I plan to blog soon about his latest book…) He is an engaging and charismatic speaker. AND he is great to talk to one-on-one. We got to speak with him for fifteen minutes afterward, and he offered to set us up so that we can see more of Ethiopia when we travel – the beauty, the suffering, and the ministry.
On Sunday evening we got to hang out with Aster at the Mihnovich’s house along with several other adoptive families:
- We got to spend more time with Aster, asking questions and listening to her insights and advice. What an amazing woman.
- Madeline got to play with a group of beautiful Ethiopian kiddos.
- We feel so encouraged and thankful to get to spend time with godly, courageous, beautiful families that we aspire to be more like, such as the Mihnoviches, the Garners, the Tuckers, and the Shorts. Thank you God!
I am so thankful that we have embarked on this journey to adopt. It has taken a lot out of us. But through it all we have been filled back up to overflowing. We are learning and growing so much. God is good.