Thursday, March 3, 2011

Meeting Moses

Here is a quick 1 minute video of 1st day meeting Moses while in Ethiopia. He is a sweet little guy and had a few smiles, lots of yawns, and a little crying. Looking forward to going back in a bit to bring him home for good.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Officially a family of Six!!!!!!!!

We wanted to update our famiy blog to let everyone know that finally after 3 court appointments- Moses is officially our son!  We have no idea as to when we'll get to pick him up at the US Embassy but the estimated time-line is about 8 weeks.  Here are a few pictures of our time with him a few weeks ago.

Friday, August 13, 2010

New blog - Change Your World For One

This site has been mostly devoted to posting of family pictures, updates, etc. If you follow this blog in any way, you'll know that we haven't updated recently.

In light of our current adoption, we have started  new website and a new blog,

We will be blogging, writing, updating there far more consistently than we ever have here.

Dustin and Heidi

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Greenup Life Update, Camille's half birthday, and Adoption

Our little Camille is 6 months old today. She is a sweet little bundle of joy and we are so blessed to have her in our family. She smiles, cuddles and screams. She came out with the most perplexing dark hair, but it is slowly getting lighter and lighter each and every day. She can now turn over very easily and is really trying to crawl. Probably only a few weeks away from that.

Camille lights up with smiles when Ezra and Olivia get up in the morning, full of smiles and excitement for the dayy ahead. Ezra and Olivia both love Camille, though there have been a few times Olivia has thought Camille was ready for the toy helicopter to fall on her head. Both kiddo's are ready for Camille to be able to crawl, walk, run and play.

* We celebrate our 5th anniversary on the 30th of July!

* Ezra turns 4 on September 1st.

* Heidi keeps the ship running. (This is Dustin writing). Heidi is a priceless jewel. Her life is consumingly wrapped up with little ones running around her, over her, under her, etc. and she is a faithful wife who loves the Lord, her needy husband and her children. Her longing is that her children would come to know the love and forgiveness found only in the Gospel desire to train up the children to love Jesus and others with all their heart and lives.

* Real Estate has taken a hit (which is no suprise), but we are thankful to the Lord that along with continuing to work in helping people buy and sell property, Dustin now also gets to help train the new real estate agents who come to work at Windermere. This has been a pretty signifiant year of change for Dustin in terms of eating habits and exercise. If interested, he blogs aout it over at a little website he made up at Average Dad Fitness. Down 30 lbs since January 1st, and feeling a lot better and has far more energy.

Adoption from Ethiopia

Now that Camille is 6 months old, we can jump into the adoption process from where we left off last July when we found out Heidi was pregnant. When we put the process on hold last year at this time we had just completed our dossier and sent it to our agency and to Ethiopia, which means that we are now in the 'actively waiting' for a referral of a boy under 3 years old. Although we don't have a referral yet, we are going to name our son Hudson.

We don't know how long it will take to get a referral, but we are thinking that it will be somewhere within 30 to 90 days. We wouldn't travel to Ethiopia until late late fall or winter or maybe even next spring.

Within the last year, some laws have changed and one of those laws that will be impacting us is that we now have to travel to Ethiopia 2 times before the process is completed. That might not sound like a big deal, but originally Dustin was going to be able to travel one time (approximate cost $2,000) and now both Dustin and Heidi will go one one trip ($4,000) and then Dustin will go on the 2nd trip (another $2,000).

Over the course of the next 8 to 10 weeks, we are praying, planning and working to raise the remainder of the approximately $8,000 to $9,000 needed to complete the adoption.

We are going to be having a HUGE community sale on August 21st. If you read this and have items that you'd like to contribute to the sale, wed gladly come pick it up. (Of course it'd have to be in Spokane).

Also, we are in the process of having home shirts designed that we'll make available for sale as a means of helping fund the adoption. We'll keep you posted.

Also, we're in the process of creating another website in which we will be using as the main means of communication about our adoption.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Adoption, Babies, Logic & 3 Year Old's!

A few days ago a friend emailed us her conversation she had with her 3 year old.


* Ezra & Ben are 3 years old and are in Sunday School together
* Ben's mommy is pregnant


Subject: Ezra

Hi Heidi,
I wanted to share with you a fun conversation I had with Ben this morning. As we were cuddling on the couch and reading some books this morning, he pet my tummy and asked, "Momma, do you think the baby in your tummy is black?" I said, "no honey, the baby in my tummy is white like you and Jack are white." He thought for a couple of minutes and then said, 'well, momma, Jesus makes all kinds of babies..." I explained to him that because his mommy and daddy are white the baby will be white. Again, he thought for a minute and then he said, "well momma, my best friend Ezra is black and his momma and daddy are I am thinking that maybe God will give us a black baby too!" Wow, I was out logic'ed by a 3 year old! I thought you would enjoy that! Katie

Isn't it amazing how perceptive 3 year olds can be!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Our growin' girl

Yeah for some smiles. She always smiles right after her feeding as if to say, "Thanks for doing that mom."

She looks a little like she just woke up suddenly

Mommy with her big girl

It's hard to believe that Camille is almost 6 weeks old now. She's really staring to smile and watch what is going on around her. It's funny because the pediatrician advised cutting down on the amount of stimulus she gets in the later hours because she gets colicky and I thought, "Hmmmm, now what could that stimulus be? Perhaps her brother and sister who like to touch her and yell constantly around her. " I don't think anyone could sleep around the amount of noise and laughing those two little people make. ;) Anyhow, these are some pictures of how big Camille is getting. She's now well over 9 lbs and her hair always sticks constantly up in the back. Too fun!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Growing Family!

So we are now officially a family of 5 with the addition of baby Camille. She is quite the little eater and loves to cuddle and sleep all day. Ezra and Olivia think she is very cute and like to give her kisses. The adjustment to having a new sister has been hardest for Olivia as she doesn't understand why this baby keeps getting all the attention. Now that we are into the 2nd week as a family of 5, we are all learning to adjust to a new 'normal'

Ezra likes his new baby sister a lot.

Ezra and Olivia's first time meeting Camille. They were pretty excited but I think Camille was a little overwhelmed.

Camille's first moments after birth. She started out sleeping and just hasn't stopped. Heidi was praying for a cuddle bug and we think she got one. Camille was born at 7 # 3 oz and after only 4 days she'd jumped up to 7#5.5 oz. Currently she's going 4 hours between feeds so Heidi is thankful for that. Life is just beginning to get back to this new normal and we're excited to see how Camille's personality shows itself.