Psalm 127:3-5

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.

Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!"

Psalm 127:3-5

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy Birthday, Dusty!

Today, March 17, 2011 is Dusty's sixth Birthday.  We don't have any baby pictures, but here is a picture of our little guy from May 2009.  Such a cutie pie!   Love his chubby cheeks.  We can't wait to help him get those chubby cheeks BACK!
The youngest picture we have of "Dusty"
Here is the picture that we saw back in November that captured our hearts.  We can't wait to turn that frown - upside down!  Happy days are coming, Honey!  Hoping to get a travel date soon!

"Dusty" from May 2010
Here is how we celebrated our DUSTY!  We went (a few days early) to Build-A-Bear to get the Shamrock Bear since Dusty's Birthday is on St. Patrick's Day!

Brother Johnny with Dusty's Bear
We recorded all of our voices... which took a while!  Carolyn said, "Night, Night!"  I said, "Momma loves you!"  John said, "Daddy loves you!"  Johnny said "Johnny loves you!"  Then I said, "We can't wait to hold you in our arms!" 
Momma comforting Carolyn as she tries to wait for the bear to be stuffed

Johnny - helping with the stuffing

Every bear needs a heart

Johnny's favorite part!
We enjoyed making cupcakes for Dusty's Birthday.   We thought GREEN would be a great color!
Johnny was excited that Carolyn was taking a nap - so he could have the beater all to himself!

We went out to dinner and enjoyed fun and fellowship with Dusty's soon to be Grandma, Papa Hinz & Great Aunt Dollie, as well as, our friends the Gasperoni family.

A birthday should always be a happy celebration.  Unfortunately, we have mixed emotions about today.  We had hoped to get to Dusty BEFORE he turned SIX.  Last week when Johnny realized that Dusty's birthday was coming up he said,  "Oh NO!  We are not going to get him in time!"  You see in this region - when you have something "wrong" with you - you are sent to an institution when you turn six years old.  We are praying without ceasing that they do NOT send Dusty to one.  Unfortunately there are NO guarantees.  So please join us in prayer for our sweet Dusty to stay where he is and that we are able to bring him and Sonya home with us!

"Dusty" from December 2010
Our friends the Schwenzers are in Eastern Europe now adopting two children - Julia & Aaron.  Today is the day that they actually held them in their arms.  You can follow their journey by clicking HERE.  We are praying that our friends may get a chance to see Dusty and Sonya while at the orphanage.  We sent two photo books with pictures of us for both of our sweeties, as well as, hugs & kisses, and most importantly a message for their little ears... "Your Momma and Daddy love you... but JESUS LOVES YOU EVEN MORE!"


  1. Happy birthday Dusty!!

    Almost got a bit teary-eyed watching the party, the cupcakes, and the adorable Shamrock bear... to think that Dusty has no idea he has a family who love him dearly.

    But he will know soon. I keep praying for you process to go faster than fast! :)

  2. The party looks like lots of fun, I'm looking forward to see your celebration pictures next year with Sonya and Dusty.He is going to love that bear...Holding Sonya and Dusty in the Light till you get there to get them.Praying for all.

  3. Happy birthday precious Dusty! I pray you get your travel date soon. Dusty and Sonya will have many birthdays to celebrate with their loving family!

  4. Happy (late) Birthday Dusty!!!! I've been praying for you Dusty along with Sonya. :) Can't wait to see you all home. I've still been think of ways to raise money. -K-more