• ADOPTION,  LIFE,  LIVING,  TRAVEL

    Looking Back on the Year

    ​2014. This has been quite the year for us (and there are still a few weeks left). I’ve loved 2014. My phone that I’m typing this on just auto corrected that to I’ve “lived” 2014, and I feel that is spot on. Looking back on this year makes me think of Ephesians 3:20: all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. My “one little word” for 2014 was do. Wow, did that ever happen! We visited California. And met some friends. We moved. Twice. We camped, a few times. We enjoyed nature, even…

  • ADOPTION,  AFRICA,  LIVING,  SOUTH AFRICA,  TRAVEL

    Our Little Canadian Citizen

    It’s now been about 3.5 weeks since we left home to come to South Africa and we now have just under 2 weeks left in our stay. In some ways it seems like the time is going slow and in others it seems so quick. Last week Wednesday (December 3rd) we got an email stating that this little guy (who can sleep anywhere!) is a Canadian citizen! Yay! The reason our stay is so long here in South Africa is for the paperwork. The three major things needed done are: adoption order – Canadian citizenship – Canadian passport. We’ve got the first two done and Wednesday afternoon our social worker…

  • ADOPTION,  LIVING

    Supporting Adoptive Families – After the Adoption Announcement

      Over the next while I’m going to be sharing a bit of an adoption series on how you can support adoptive families. I’ve had this series idea in my head for a long time but wanted to wait until we were done each step before sharing. If you have adopted before I’d love for you to add your thoughts in the comment section! You can also check out the other posts in this series: Supporting Adoptive Families – After the Referral Supporting Adoptive Families – After the Airport So, a couple around you has just announced they are adopting. Maybe they are family, close friends or just an acquaintance,…

  • ADOPTION,  AFRICA,  LIVING,  SOUTH AFRICA,  TRAVEL

    Recently Enjoyed Things – South Africa

    I thought I’d take some time today to show you some random snippets of photos from our time here. this photo is pretty cool because this is the original but since my photos auto back up to Google+ and sometimes it takes photos that have multiple shots and finds the best smiles from each and combines them into one photo, it’s like lazy man’s Photoshop! Rae always thinks it’s bright out this photo is funny but I love it time in the pool just the gorgeous place we are at more pool time daddy’s girl passport photo! so this is our awesome shower, there is a grate over top but no…

  • ADOPTION,  AFRICA,  LIVING,  SOUTH AFRICA,  TRAVEL

    Ephraim Klassen

    November 17th was court day. We got to the home early and got to meet Tracy (the Newcastle social worker). Then the workers all said their goodbyes. One of them really teared up when she said goodbye to Ephraim, he’s been there since he came out of the hospital at 2 months old and you can tell he was special to her (and he liked her too), she gave us their email address and asked us to send lots of pictures (which you know there will be a lot of). Then we were off! We went into the court building not knowing what to expect. We went through a metal…

  • ADOPTION,  AFRICA,  LIVING,  SOUTH AFRICA,  TRAVEL

    Day Two with Ephraim

    I won’t be sharing a post on every day that we are out here but I wanted to document the first couple of days while they were still fresh in my mind. Sunday, November 16th was our second day visiting Ephraim at the home. We had a little bit of one on one time with Ephraim before we went outside with 7 of the “older” kids (as in kids aged 18 months to just under 2 years). If you sat down anywhere, outside or on the couch for more than three seconds you are bound to be bombarded by about 3 or 4 kids trying to sit on your lap,…