Saturday, March 28, 2009

Latest Happenings..

*Melissa will now be writing here at A Darling Life. Check out Justin's new blog on theology and such at

Right now one of the families from our Ethadoptlafayette Yahoo! group are in Ethiopia to bring home their child: The Whipples another family The Gutweins were supposed to be traveling today but have hit a snag, please be in prayer for both of these families. We had a great time a couple of weeks ago when we were able to be together with this group of adoptive families. It is great to have the support of all these Ethiopia adoptive families!!

Our Ethiopia Yahoo!! Group get together this month

We have had some wonderful opportunities to share about our adoption journey lately in our community. I have been able to speak to different Rotary clubs and we have had a lot of people in the community ask us about the adoption, we have even received some unsolicited donations which we gave to Kidmia . One of the families that we met while we were in Ethiopia, The Baers, are now working for Kidmia in Ethiopia. Right now is a great time to donate to Kidmia, they have a donor who is willing to match dollar for dollar through the end of May, so if you are able, won't you consider a donation???
I pray that God will continue to give us these opportunities to share about adoption and orphan care. We really have a desire to be involved in orphan care ministry in a greater way and are looking forward to see what opportunities God might open to us.
Abeba took her first trip to Grandpa and Grandma peaches (my parents, who really are grandma and grandpa Darling, the peaches name comes from a cat they had when Hannah and Elijah were small and the name just stuck!). The live 2 hours away and she did very well, we are glad that she is a good traveler in the car, her older sister used to scream like a banshee the entire time she was in a car and her oldest brother, Elijah used to vomit most every time he got into the car!
She was able to meet her great-grandpa McGinnis (Justin's mom's father) and Great Aunt Catherine and Uncle Phil. The children took a homeschool field trip to the Historic Battleground Battlefield, this is where the Battle of Tippecanoe occurred, which is very near our house. They are studying Indiana History this year and like to take trips, we are fortunate in that we have a lot of historic sites near our home.

Kids in front of the Battle of Tippecanoe Monument

Grandma "Peaches" and Abeba

We were all excited to get an opportunity on the 29th to volunteer at the Steven Curtis Chapman concert in West Lafayette. This will be the third time that we have been able to do this, but it was the first time that all the Darling children were able to come and help. Show Hope has redone their concert program. There are new ways to donate to Shaohannah's Hope and new literature. It seemed to work much smoother than past shows that we have worked. We are thankful to SCC and Show Hope for the grant that we received for our adoption and we want to help them in any way that we can. The concert was great!
Another great event is that our Israel turned 5 this week! It just seems like yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital. The poor guy was sick on his birthday with a 103 fever, so the day was mostly spent laying on the couch, but he did get enough energy to help decorate his monkey cupcakes. Unfortunately, he had to postpone his play day with friends until next week. Happy Birthday, Israel!

We continue to be amazed at how well Abeba is adjusting. She is picking up language very quickly and seems to be understanding us very well. She is a typical 19 Month old in so many ways...we have learned (as we already new) that children born in Ethiopia have a sin nature just like children born in the U.S., we have been working on discipline and are at times exasperated. Pray that we will continue to be consistent and persevere in this challenging area. We are thankful for all of you and your prayers.

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