Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Moses and Miriam

It's time to tell the story... 

Once, there was a girl.  She was broken, and she was a rebel. She was starving on so many levels.

Then, she met a lost boy.  The boy was strong and brave, but he was also a rebel.  When he met the girl, he clung to her and promised never to let go.  They were lost together. 

They were shuffled from place to place, but it was just more of the same. 

They always ended up back in the dirt

Then one day, a father came for them. 

The father offered them full biological hereditary rights to his family inheritence.

The boy and girl accepted this offer,
and together they joined a new Family. 
They were irreversibly claimed;
adopted into Grace.

And so it begins.

The girl became a mother; the boy, a father. 

Soon after, the girl's new Father reminded her of a promise she had carried within her heart since she was a little girl; that someday,
she would be a mother to the lost.

She prayed that God would share
this promise with the boy. 

They joined together to search the world
for the single child that was promised to them, 
offering up any questions and fears to God alone. 

Within days, God offered up not one,
but two of His children to be placed into their family...

One starving little girl...

And one lost boy.

The mother washed them off and clothed them.  The father claimed them into his family, and he offered them full biological hereditary rights to his family inheritence.

The mother and father prayed for
mercy and healing for their new children... 

And they were adopted into Grace.

God answers prayers,

There were great risks involved,
penalties to pay, and
great distances to travel. 

But in the end,
the price would be paid,
and the children would be
forever claimed. 

And so it would seem the story has come to an end.

But life lived as God's own children is the greatest adventure of all,
and our story has only just begun.

It is our honor and privilege to introduce to you the newest members of our growing family.

Meet our son...

Moses Obsa

20 "At this time Moses was born;
and he was beautiful in God's sight..."

And our daughter...

Miriam Saliya

20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.

21 And Miriam sang to them:

“Sing to the LORD,
for he has triumphed gloriously...”

Yes, He has triumphed gloriously.

Please pray for our family as we wait to be reunited.  We ask for prayers for a quick embassy date, at which time we may return to Ethiopia and bring our children home forever.  The estimated wait is 2-6+ months.  We are asking simply for God's perfect timing.

Please pray for strength, courage, continued healing, and faith for all of the members of our family as we wait in faith for our babies...

Thank you for being a part of this journey with us.  Your prayers have lifted and sustained our family.


  1. Thank you for this inspiration. I have had some difficult conversations about adoption lately with people who, well meaning, know NOTHING about what they are talking. My kids are all teens and I'm still fielding this kind of unintentional hurt and ignorance. Your beautifully written story reminds me to soar above "feelings", that God is in control and feelings don't really matter. It is HIS will being done that matters ONLY! Thank you and God Bless!

  2. Such a beautiful story....God Bless You....Missy and Paul....and the girls for sharing your family with two more....who are now part of your family....Love you, Pat

  3. LOVE this post. LOVE IT. Love, love, love, love it. Love you too... and your heart. Hugs, friend.

  4. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story! God bless you all!

  5. Congratulations Missy! What an amazing blessing - TWO precious children! Praying for a quick embassy appointment so you can bring them home! blessings - Karen Wistrom

  6. My heart swells with pride as I see you with your lovely babies. You are an inspiration to us all. I love your blog and the creativity with which you share this experience with us.
    Much love and affection.
    Jenny Hoover

  7. They are beautiful!! Congratulations!

  8. Oh, Missy. This is the most wonderful post in the world. They have such a twinkle in their eyes, both of them. It's clear the Lord put you together! Blessings upon blessings. I'll be praying for His timing and your patience!

  9. Praying for you all! Beautiful story.

  10. What a beautiful story! Congratulations!

  11. They are absolutely precious! Congratulations and God Bless:-)

  12. So good to meet you and talk to you last night. Your patient hubby wins an award! Please thank him for waiting so nicely! My email is (I sent a note last night but don't know if went through or not on the Ipad)
    Christy and Matt Lauffer
    Brayden, Christian, Landon, and Lily

  13. God's clear in this sharing...
    It brought tears and memories and happiness for you, in the midst of the waiting heartache.

  14. Hey there! I just randomly stumbled here...somehow... :) Anyway, I just want to say that your story is beautiful, and so are your children. My husband and I are waiting for our Embassy date, too, but our boys are ages 7 and 8. I'll be praying for God's perfect timing for you, too.


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