October 20th,Forever a Special Day

Posted by on Oct 21, 2012 | 3 comments

Two years ago…On October 20th, 2010, we met Sarah for the first time.

The 1st time we saw our baby girl.


Being held by her mommy for the 1st time.

And now Daddy's turn.


Sarah home 20 mo... the kids had found a lady bug and she was really excited!


Then… totally unexpected… One year ago, on October 20th, 2011, while in Ethiopia on a mission trip, Jason met our son, Markon….

This was the first photo I saw of my son... Jason emailed it from Ethiopia.

Mark home for 3 months... Such a happy boy!

Mark has been home for 3.5  months now, and it is going unbelievably well. Sarah is adjusting well with having a new baby, and is in fact really getting into playing “Mommy” with her own baby dolls. Sarah has 4 brown babies and 3 white babies. For a few months, her favorite dollies were clearly the “brown” ones, which she, on her own, actually described as brown (we had not even thought about describing the babies by their color). But now, her new favorite baby is a white dolly that she has named “Molly”.  Molly drinks a bottle, cries, laughs and sleeps (which is why it is her favorite).  She takes the baby everywhere. Just the other day we were walking into a store, me holding Mark, and Sarah holding Molly, and I saw our reflection in the store window. I suddenly realized that she and I are both mommies to trans-racial babies. So funny.

On the note of being a trans-racial family, a few months after turning 2 Sarah started noticing the color of her skin. She sometimes, out of the blue, makes a remark such as “your skin is yellow Mama, mine is brown…” We are so happy that she has a brother to share this commonality with, we think it will be important to her as she grows up.

And then there is my Dad….

I announced back in August that my Dad had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Poorly Differentiated Carcinoma (basically an unknown type of aggressive cancer). He has numerous tumors throughout his body and lymphatic ssytem, but thankfully none in any major organs. The past 2 months have been a roller coaster as we, as a family, have pulled together to care for dad.

He finished 1 round of Chemotherapy, which a recent CT scan showed had in fact shrunk the tumors a bit, but his blood platelets have been too low to do any more treatments. So now we are praying that his body gets well enough to take on more Chemo.

But Dad’s spirits are still high and he is continuing to fight. He is ever optimistic and thankful for each day, always waking up with a smile on his face and sharing about how great he feels just to be alive.

Thank you for your continued love and support for our family.

Until next time…

Many Blessings,



  1. So sorry to hear about your father. We will definately keep him in our prayers. What a sweet story about the baby dolls. Congratulations on the newest addition. I am sure as she grow having someone who looks like her in family will definately help.

  2. Please consider having your father eat “Indian Gooseberries” (aka Amla). Found in Indian grocery stores, the frozen section, they are miraculous for the Immune system. I can’t be without them.
    Google “Amla Cancer”

  3. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us that advice. I just ordered some online. Many blessings….

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