Sunday, January 30, 2011

where did this cute shirt come from?

Help!! I can't remember (please don't be offended!!) where I bought these cute shirts that my silly boys are wearing?? And I do remember that YOU donated another for a fundraiser that I was involved in...

Please if you know or if it's me :)

Thank you!!

got my answer!!

Oh-- I have another one to match Solomon for Samson Jude!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

a little visit...

Our friends ~ the Krehbiels ~ just got home from Ethiopia ~
they went to court ~ and passed!! ~ Praise the Lord!!
We sent a musical/voice recoreded "I love you Samson"/photo card with them.. They got to deliver it to him and give him some first hand loving!!
Thank you Jon and Beth!!

Look at their precious twins:

Emily Madison and Amy Adeline!!

YES!! we are honored as they have named their twins after our twins!!
we are still praying and praying our embassy date will come soon!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I can do ALL things thru Christ who strengthens me!!

Copied from another adoptive mom because it is so true!

Q:"How do you do "it all"??"
A:"I don't.".
So STOP thinking you don't measure up...
Women's expectations of their own abilities outside of Christ are ROBBING orphaned children of mothers.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

thanks for all the encouragement!

the winner is...
Joy said...

"Sallee, I know it is so hard when our arms are aching to hold our precious children. Even though it is hard to understand, it is all in God's timing. I can't wait for the day I get to rejoice while seeing your family joined together forever." Joy

Joy please contact me and I'll sew for you !! you may choose a dress or twirl or pants!! I'll choose the fabric!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

..."when you're sad... something nice for someone else ..."

this is what my Mom used to tell me when I was a little girl and still tells me!

so leave me a nice comment... cheer me up!!
I miss my Samson Jude... my heart aches for him...

and on Wednesday ~ I'll pull one comment out and sew a Poppy Dip for YOU!!
(just one!! can't sew much more !!)

Samson Jude taught me a cute little thing he did with his buddies at the transition home...
thumbs up
kiss your own thumb
then pop your thumbs with each other!

it was adorable!

Friday, January 21, 2011


Remember how I've said before...
My hubs ~ Montie ~ is the most creative ~ artistic ~ best
carpenter in the world...
He has made each of our kids' beds...
the littles have 'teddy-bear' beds as we call them
using their crib mattresses
cute and little!

Samson Jude's bed ~ in our room for now
my sweet sis-in-law made this blanket way back when Esther came home !!

Solomon's bed
will be turned to be side by side with Samson Jude's bed - in time

Esther's bed

Gabe's bed... these were trees in our 'woods'!! even the table/window decor!
Grannie (my Mom) made this gorgeous quilt!!

Adeline and Madison's beds!! (sorry hers is un-made!)... lots of storage underneath!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


...couple of the very first photos we received of Samson Jude ...
waiting for us at the transition home...

Monday, January 17, 2011

...just want to go...

hoping to hear when we get to go get our cute cute boy!!


Auction OVER!!
Wow!! the Lord does provide !!
THANK YOU again!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

snow ! we got SEVEN inches!!

...wonder what Samson Jude will think of SNOW?
if he's like his Mama and Solomon... he won't like it !
(remember I grew up in Wyoming... had enough of it to last my lifetime!!)

if he's like his Daddy, Adeline, Madison Esther and especially Gabriel
he'll love it!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

Melkam Genna Samson Jude!

Melkam Genna!
Ethiopian: (Amharic) Melkin Yelidet Beaal
Today it's Christmas in Ethiopia...
we received these photos of these precious children getting ready to eat their Christmas meal!!
can you find our sweet boy waiting his plate!!
Merry Christmas Samson Jude!!
we love you Samson Jude!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ask Seek Knock

last night sitting in our Wednesday night Bible study ~ Michael Card leading the study and going over each verse in this chapter ~ these verses hit my heart hard!

Matthew 7:7-12

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. "

another translation...

Matthew 7:7-12 (The Message)

7-11"Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn't a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing. You're at least decent to your own children. So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?

12"Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God's Law and Prophets and this is what you get. "

.... as Montie and I have been praying... well let me say for 'me'.. I've not prayed specifically (directly) for the amount of provision that God has 'wow-ed' us with already!! Michael Card was saying that sometimes God's answers to our prayers are not what we ask for...
that He gives us what is best! ALWAYS!!

GOD is showing HIS mighty awesome power!!
The abundance of provision for our plane tickets/Montie's missed work
through your giving ... simply makes me cry!

"Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab th e initiative and do it for them. "
this is what you've done for us!
THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!

this is the very moment we were handed our Samson Jude!
December 26, 2010

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

look at his sweet little feet!

Samson Jude got to stay with us while we were there for the court date... He slept in a little crib about 2 feet from our bed.... We would wake up in the morning to find him all wrapped up in his blankets... head to toe-- well almost ~~ his little feet peeking out!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mama take this off!

Samson Jude wasn't very happy with me here
He DID NOT like the traditional Ethiopian outfits!
I gave him candy so he wouldn't cry ~ and let him pull the flower petals and blow them (see post below)...
we quickly changed back into the sweats and t-shirt with SHOES--he LOVED his shoes! and sox!!

just photos!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Before.... After

Our little Samson Jude

let the pictures speak for themselves....

Sue-- our amazing director of our agency had this to say...

"I am not sure we have seen such a transformation....his skin, his eyes.. he now has a glow... when I first got his pictures, I was sure we would NEVER find him a family............ and now... well.... he is one blessed little boy and you are blessed too, for stepping out into the unknown to save a little Gumuz boy"

So let me 're-cap' our story for you....

We've been called to adopt again ~ a 3rd time from Ethiopia ~
We currently have five children at home ~
3 bio and 2 adopted
and NOW we have passed court!! so let me re-say
We currently have SIX children!!
Adeline 17
Madison 17
Gabriel 12
Esther 5 (ET in '06)
Solomon 3 (ET in '08)
Samson Jude 3 in ETHIOPIA waiting for us!!

We began the process in Feb. 09...
long story short
we were with another agency
through God's divine providence we saw little Samson
(his given Ethiopian name!)
We felt the call to adopt him!
MORE paperwork
Through this process Ethiopian law changed...a 2 trip country now
one trip for court - to go before the judge to pledge our commitment to adopt
one trip for embassy-- with his visa granted--to bring him home.

Montie ~ my hubs! ~ and I just returned home from Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA from meeting our son and going to court. We passed!


We wait to hear that all has been cleared and his visa has been granted
then we will travel back to bring him home.
(4-8 weeks from now????? but as you know this can change!)

We originally thought I would travel for court so as to save $
changed ~ as we learned his story ~ we saw it necessary for us BOTH to be there.

We originally thought I would travel with our son Gabe to the embassy date.
As Adeline, Madison, and Montie traveled to pick up our Solomon back in '08 ~ that trip was life changing for our girls ~ we desire Gabe to 'see'
after meeting Samson Jude on December 26th, 2010
we see it necessary for BOTH Montie and I to travel to pick him up
and our hearts desire is to still have Gabe along.
as you know this all costs$$

Many many of you have been so supportive with the POPPY DIP clothing that I sewed/sold for our fund
nearly 1700 dresses!!

The sewing machines were sent to the shop before we left for court~ and are still there!
To be honest I'm very tired of sewing and my children are too!! and hubs!!
our plea to you is to make a small donation
if everyone who bought a POPPY DIP gave just $10 we could have enough to buy all 4 plane tickets
yes FOUR
Daddy, Mommy, Brother, and return flight Samson Jude!

Please consider and know that we appreciate all of you
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!

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