Welcome to our Adoption Blog! If you want to know about our story and why we are adopting please go to the sidebar down below to find the archive and find our earliest posts. We also are writing as Adoption Journalists for Red Letters Campaign.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Will you pray with me?

There is a very sweet family in our agency that needs our prayers. Little Abby Riggs who was adopted from Guatemala is 3 years old and was diagnosed with cancer. Her little body is having a hard time with the chemo and so I thought I would share her precious story with you so you could join me in praying for her and her family.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Waiting List Coming Soon!

We are so excited! I think that I will be sending our dossier papers off either Tuesday or Wednesday!! I can't believe it. We also got our Favorable Determination Letter from the USCIS in the mail yesterday! That is a major piece of paper from the government that we have been waiting for so now things are really going to start moving along. I am not sure what exactly all comes next but I should find out tomorrow and let you know! Thank you to everyone who has helped us, we are so blessed to have you in our lives.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Ok I did a little online shopping since I saved some extra cash this month.... Check out the fun things I bought!

I got this little onsie with the radio and butterflies for our little friend who is going to be 1 on Saturday! It's from Tiny Rockstar and the proceeds go to orphan care!

Of course Jackson needed one too so he got this t-shirt with drums on it and says Pacemaker:)

Then I also got one of these cool AHOPE bracelets that honors a child currently living with HIV at the AHOPE orphanage in Ethiopia. The money provides food for the kids. My bracelet has the name Behailu on it and we will be praying for this little sweetie..... You can get one of your own by going here.

I am still waiting for two AHOPE t-shirts to come in the mail. Jackson got a black one and I got a blue one.

So Jackson got some new clothes this week (and mommy got a bracelet:) which he was seriously in need of and all the proceeds went to kids that need it.....How cool is that? It's cool.

Monday, September 22, 2008

pretty funny....

Just thought I would let you guys know that I just had to borrow 2 dollars from the teenage babysitter....and I didn't pay even pay her. Yeah, I am feeling pretty good about myself.

Don't worry though, I just left my wallet in Paul's car.... Just feeling a little embarrassed:)

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Ok so now that we got the awkwardness out of the way (see below post, or not...), I have some exciting news! We got permission (I guess that's what it is) to go get out fingerprints done for the USCIS! I have been stalking the mailman as of late, thinking that they must have lost our file or something but alas it has come! So hopefully we will be able to do that tomorrow and I can mark that off my list.

On the home front, we started school last week. I teach preschool and Jackson goes to MDO, so he is just down the hall. We are pretty tired around here but should adjust to the new routine shortly..... (this is more me than Jackson, Yep I'm taking an afternoon nap with him!)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Huge Blessing!

Well, as many of you know our dossier is completely done, mocking me from my dining room table.....Yep it mocks. We have been saving and combing through our finances since last January and things have been a little rough the last few months. We both have been praying that God would come through like he has with every other hurdle and well, lets just say he hears our prayers!

We got a matching grant of $3,000!! Can you believe it? I really can't. So what does this mean? Well, it means over the next few days I will be sending out support letters to friends and family humbly asking for their support in this journey......and I do mean humbly. This is a really hard thing for us to ask for but we have been so blessed by the people who have come beside us already and we know God is going to use this for his glory. We have to raise all of our support and LifeSong will be matching dollar for dollar that comes in up to 3,000. But we also have a deadline of November 15, which is scary.....I don't like deadlines:)

Let me also say that we could not be more thankful and extremely grateful for the Tapestry Adoption Ministry and Irving Bible Church. They have been such a strong support system for us and we have really enjoyed making new friends that we can share this journey with. We are so happy that God lead my google searching:) to Tapestry and we actually had the nerves to go visit! We are also thankful that IBC and Tapestry are so committed to orphan care and adoptive families and their awesome partnership with LifeSong.

So where does that leave you? Well, faithful readers, you know our story. You know our ups and downs in this process and a lot of you really know us. If you feel lead to support us in this adoption, then there are two main ways. First and most importantly by prayer. We really feel that this adoption should be bathed in prayer by as many people as possible. We have brought every step of this to God in asking that his will be done and that he will ultimately be glorified. We ask that you join us in praying that God will continue to meet each obstacle with blessings, that his hand be on the entire process. Secondly, if you feel that you would like to support us financially then you can send a check to:

PO Box 40 / 202 N. Ford St
Gridley, IL 61744

Please write "Aarseth Adoption" in the memo line.

Thank you for your faithfulness in keeping up with our journey and for your thoughts and prayers.

Off to write a letter:)

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