Saturday, December 06, 2014


We made it through court!  Macy has our last name!  She is now Emmanuela ___________.  Once she has lived in the US for 6 months we can readopt and change her first name, keeping Emmanuela as her middle name.  I know there is a lot of controversy in the adoption "world" about keeping names, changing names, etc, but that is what we are doing and as Macy grows up I will allow her to be called by either name as she wishes.

This very important phone call came about not 45 minutes after I posted on FB how very hard it was to get to the end of a Friday, with the big empty weekend looming ahead.  On Tuesday I had been notified that the mission team that was at Macy's orphanage the week prior did indeed get to see her and take some new pictures, so I had been anxiously awaiting those all week.  I still haven't received the pictures, but this news was well and beyond what I had been expecting.

So what's next?  Next is a bunch more of "hurry up and wait"... legalizations, birth certificate, passport, USCIS verifying everything that's been done, and finally a VISA and home!  I'm hoping and praying for spring, but we'll see what happens.  At least I know there is movement and we are NEARING the end.  So so so so happy!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

Liam - 9

Macy - 5

Macy - 5

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Orphan Crisis

• 147 million orphans in the world
• 50 million orphans in Africa 
• Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS
• 16,000,000 have been orphaned by AIDS
• Every week, AIDS claims as many lives as American fatalities in the Vietnam War
• 854 million people do not have enough to eat
• Malnutrition is associated with the deaths of 5 million children under the age of five
• Every 2 seconds an orphan dies from malnutrition

Hence the title of my blog

Little Did I Know

Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you