Making Their Way Through The Bucket List

Last summer Kalkidan, Claire (Sunshine), and Eden made a bucket list. They were so excited that Kalkidan was coming home and they had big plans – lots of big plans. This friendship goes way back – all the way back to the beginning ....more

Aunt Michele’s Tribute to Kalkidan

Over the years I’ve written many times about my very dear friend, Michele, whom my kids affectionately call Aunt Michele. There is so much I want to say, but I’m struggling for words today. I’ll let Michele’s tribute from the memorial service speak for itself ....more

Sunday Gratitude 1.25.15


An Everlasting Love

This is what I’ve read every morning since I’ve been well enough to pick up my Bible and hold it in my hands. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height ...more

Kalkidan’s Cute Moments

I could make a stack of albums of titled, “Kalkidan’s Cute Moments.” As you know, there were plenty of hard moments, but we didn’t take pictures of those. We aren’t rewriting history, we’re just savoring the precious, joyful times with her. Her smile was amazing ....more

  Our dear

Our dear friend, Dan Hamer, shared these words on Facebook following Kalkidan’s memorial service. Dan is a pastor at Overlake Christian Church and an adoptive father. He heads up the work in Kenya that allows Russ to do ministry as a hydrologist ....more

How We Miss Her Smile

This is one of two slideshows we shared at Kalkidan’s (Dimples’) memorial service. The first was our one year “Forever Day” video and this is one spanning her life from the very earliest photos we have of her. She was truly amazing and we are missing her so much ....more

Our Tribute to Dimples

This is the text of our family’s tribute to Kalkidan at her memorial service. We all stood together lending our strength and love to Russ who spoke beautifully. ...more

Sunday Gratitude 1.11.15

giving thanks #1561 – 1570 Jesus and His great love for us the privilege...more

Even in the Valley He is Faithful

Post by One Thankful Mom – Lisa Qualls. Sovereign Over Us, Aaron Keyes Verse 1 There is strength within the sorrow, There is beauty in our tears You meet us in our mourning, With a love that casts out fear You are working in our waiting, Sanctifying us When beyond our understanding, You’re teaching us […] ...more