• Posted by Meghan on 10 Nov 2017

Six years ago Ben, Andy and I touched down in Indianapolis without Eden. I remember the night we realized we were going to have to leave her in Kenya. We were sitting on the steps in the Heron hotel in Nairobi talking to a man from Rep. Rokita’s office. There was nothing left to do. No one else to call, no more favors to ask, no more begging or pleading…we couldn’t do anything else ourselves, so we did the only thing we could. We booked flights, one way for Andy and I and a quick return flight for Ben, and trusted that God would finish what he had started in Eldoret in 2009.

Stepping off the plane was the start of 10 very hard weeks during which Ben and Eden celebrated Thanksgiving, Eden’s 3rd birthday, Christmas, our anniversary and New Year’s on a different continent. But those 10 weeks were also filled with many blessings and miracles. Our communities in the US and in Kenya surrounded us with prayer, meals, notes, babysitting, legal genius, signatures on our petition, Elmo cookies and a cake, and supported us in many other ways, some I’m sure I still haven’t heard about.

Most importantly during that time, God moved mountains. God led us to attorneys who not only helped us convince the government to allow Eden to return to the US, but who later helped another family adopt their Kenyan babies. Over 35,000 people heard our story and signed our petition. They were used by a powerful God to fulfill a plan He had made before time even began. At the end of those 10 weeks, Ben and Eden came home. A week later, Grace was born and life moved on.

These six years have been a blur, but we haven’t forgotten, and we know many of you haven’t either. Looking back, Ben and I laugh at the plan we had. It was easy and convenient and worked for us, but God had a much bigger and better plan. A plan that clearly showed God’s glory and power in the midst of our weakness. Now we get to look back and see that God was faithful, and because of that, we know that we can trust Him to be faithful again and again and again.

This summer, our family returned to Kenya. The night we spent in Nairobi, I crept out of my room and sat on those same stairs in the Heron hotel. I remembered our despair; how I couldn’t imagine leaving Eden in another country, not knowing when I would hold her in my arms again. I remembered feeling crushed and defeated and at the end of myself. Then I thanked God for the blessing of returning to those steps, this time full of joy and expectation. I slipped back into our room and kissed each of my kids before going back to sleep.

I can’t miss this opportunity to say thank you (better late than never, right?). Thanks to each of you that did all of the little things, and to those of you that did the very big things. They mattered to us and made a difference and we’re still very grateful. Most importantly, I’m thankful to our loving Father, who precisely orchestrated each tiny detail, and who lets us play a small part in His story.

  • Posted by Ben on 21 Dec 2015

Sarah has made some big strides in the last couple of months. The main one being that she is actually striding around now: walking everywhere she can and attempting to go most places she should not! (video is a few weeks old, she’s much steadier now!)

What really helps around the house is that she knows the meaning of the word “no” (probably because she hears it a lot). She’ll think about it a bit and then put it down or stop doing what she’s doing. If its said in a particularly harsh way to her though (especially from me) she will immediately stick her bottom lip out as far as possible and wail for a few minutes.

Even though her first word was “dada” a few months back she has all but forgotten that. Now everything is mamma mamma mamma. Its used for both Meghan and anything that she wants you to give to her. Her vocab is still limited: “Up” comes out as “uppa” and “more” is just “maaahhhh” accompanied by an emphatic baby sign language gesture for “more”. She does a great job entertaining herself…unless “mamma” is anywhere nearby. Then she is the only entertainment that will do! She’s still a great traveler, mostly because she has the “fall asleep instantly” in the car gene.

She made a bit of progress in the height/weight department: 21 lb 6 ounces and 31 inches tall this go round. She received 5 vaccine shots and a prick of the finger to draw some blood. She was not happy about any of those, but a sucker made her all smiles again!

  • Posted by Meghan on 22 Oct 2015

Thank you so much for joining us in praying for Ivan. He was taken off of ECMO last Friday! Today his breathing tubes were removed and he’s doing great! AND he peed this afternoon, which is the first time in 2 weeks, so it’s a great sign that his kidneys are waking up after all of the trauma he’s endured. God is SO AWESOME! Please pray for continued miracles in Ivan as we are hoping his new marrow will start gaining ground.

  • Posted by Meghan on 08 Oct 2015

I know many of you have met or at least heard us talk about our sweet friends, Abi and Jordan, who are adopting twin boys from Kenya. They met the boys at the Sally Test Center where we met Eden. The boys had a stem cell transplant in August and one of the boys, Ivan, has become extremely sick. Please pray for healing in his lungs, for his kidneys to keep up the good work and for the doctors and nurses that are making big decisions today. He’s been put on ECMO to oxygenate his blood because his lungs just can’t do the job right now.


  • Posted by Meghan on 21 Sep 2015

Last weekend Sarah turned one! Every time one of my kids turns one, I’m shocked. That first year goes so quickly!

Sarah has had a hard first week of being one. She had her appointment on Monday and weighed 19 lbs, 9 oz and was 29 1/2 inches long. She got 3 vaccines and her flu shot and we also think she picked up a bug at the doctor’s office. She hasn’t felt well this week and starting milk and getting rid of the paci on top of that was just too much. So for now, the paci is back and she is drinking almond milk. Hopefully she’ll be back to her normal, cheery self this week.

These last couple of weeks Sarah is doing all kinds of new tricks. She’s playing peek-a-boo, blowing kisses, carrying her ‘baba’ (baby) everywhere we go and is standing by herself for extended periods. She’s still not brave enough to walk, but I’m enjoying her limited mobility while it lasts!




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