9 Jul

We spent the day with our son, Adhanom!

the poverty is everywhere. My heart aches over it. Several children begging in the street outside our hotel.

Chris sharing with an elderly women begging.

Luke is living at our agency’s transition home,he’s been there for one month and stays until we bring him home, maybe 5 or 6 more weeks.

the view of the compound from the family visiting room upstairs

We are praising God for the good visit.  He is a precious boy.  When the taxi van drove into the compound Adhanom was called out and came to the van to greet us with a huge smile.

He was so excited and was “dressed up” to meet his new parents.

He gave Chris a big hug and kiss on his cheek, I was next as I crawled out of the van.

I had asked our driver and guide how to say hello in his language.

We were then given the day with him.

We were ushered to an upstairs room to spend time away from the other children, none of who we had seen yet.

Luke and Mom, putting together one of the little airplanes that we brought for all the children. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. His face is beautiful.

His smile is huge and we heard him speak only about 10-15 words the entire day.

He opened the soccer ball ( he VERY quietly said, “thank you. I love it.” smiling, and other gifts from his friends in our city already.

It was precious to hear him read under his breath the letter from Joseph Parker(one friend that has been adopted by our friends already).  Our guide said the letter talked about how much he is missed and how nice it is to be in AMerica etc. and that the friends are praying for him to be able to come home to his family soon.

Joseph Parker’s letter to Luke. Mike and Sasha Parker’s son.

He was SOOO touched by the photos and gifts, letter from his friends.  We had the guide tell him that they live very close to us and are our friends.  He was thrilled, sweetly smiling and nodding his head.

Adhanom is very quiet, very calm, patient. Our guide said, “Adhanom, he is very calm, very quiet.”  Well, Chris and I smiled at each other and laughed with her as we said, “calm and quiet is great!!!”  My fears melted and I felt such peace.

Again I had this feeling, “how could we ever say no to this???”  It seemed so sensible, to see how these children are living in such poverty and need of a family, and to know what we have to give, a bed, a family, love, etc.

He looked at tons of photos on our lap top.  Quietly sitting while we would point and say our other children’s names.  He would very quietly repeat, “Noah, etc.”

the hat we gave to luke. he understood and was so happy, he said very quietly, luke adhanom jones. Lord! This is what you have done for us! You have adopted us into your kingdom. We take on your name, not because of anything we do, but by your grace you call us your own, the old has gone and the new has come.

We went down and played with the other children.  I told the guide please tell the brother’s that people in the states are praying that a family would be raised up for them.  The older brother is very calm and gentle, a Christian, 10 years old but seems so wise and older.  He took my hands and then hugged me and whispered, “thank you so much”.  He was at his mother’s side when she died.  They long for a family.  Please pray for these 2 very sweet well behaved boys.  I asked the director who has been with the brother’s this last year if either one was a problem or naughty.  She said, “No, we have had naughty children here but these boys are so good.”  I just want to be an advocate for them.  I feel responsible to do that.  If you know anyone who would be interested please contact me via my email on the about tab.

He likes legos! it was a challenge, i could tell he liked it, the building part, following the directions. he said not a word but quietly worked on his little helicopter (this was a gift from his friends). We have mega legos (it’s actually disgusting) at our house. I decided I would make it a project for the older kids at home to find all the pieces required for a specific model (i saved most of the instructions to everything) and to put them in a ziplock baggie with the directions for when Luke comes home. He’s got a sucker in his mouth.

We told adhanom that his name will be Luke after Jesus’ disciple name Luke in the Bible, the one who was a doctor (adhanom wants to be a doctor one day).  He seemed to know this already and smiled.

He spent  much time composing a letter to sam and joseph.

wow! Can you believe this? This is luke’s letter to Samuel (dave and mary carlson’s son) and Joseph. Our guide said it says thank you for the photo, letter and gifts, I miss you, I pray for you, please pray that I can come home with my mom and dad soon. etc. “

I traced his foot to get the size right when i purchase shoes.  the ones he had on were HUGE.

He played soccer with chris outside for quite a while, I visited the baby rooms! ooH!  I prayed over each one, each one here has a family coming soon.

We watched him eat his lunch in the tiny little lunch room.  Each child prayed, his face looked so earnest, his voice so soft and sweet.  At 10:00 someone brought up a warm cup of milk for Luke.  Our guide told us that at 10 all the children drink a cup of warm milk.  Before he drank it he stopped his activity (we were playing Jenga that we brought for the orphanage)He put his little hands together and prayed, with such a serious look on his face.  I was told that he has prayed for a family for years.  In his old orphan home with Gabe and Connie they said that the children woke up like the sound of bees, all praying softly for each other and for families.

This is such a unique experience for us.

the staff here are wonderful, loving, caring and happy.

i went into the director’s office and asked if I could pray with her, over the ministry.  I started sobbing!  I feel so thankful for all they are doing.  They see so much heart ache, things I will never witness in my lifetime.

I guess I’m not allowed to post photos of Luke untiil we pass court tomorrow, but we fly out right away, so it will wait a few days, I think.

Feeling so thankful and thrilled.

The staff would ask, ” How do you care for 8 children and your husband, he works all day???”  I was kind of wondering the same thing.  But we have so much more then they have.  We have dishwashers and laundry machines etc.  I decided the one word answer that they would understand,



11 Responses to “yippee!”

  1. Auntie Sarah July 9, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Yes, Jesus! There’s something about that name!! Loved every minute of reading this post. Loved the details, everything. Thank you for posting. So thankful!! Love you and miss you. XOXO

  2. Tobi Wright July 9, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Amazing and wonderful! Praying for Luke’s brothers!

  3. Mary Carlson July 9, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Yay!!! Luke is a sweet boy, with a smile that is contagious!!!! Praying for your day tomorrow that everything will go smooth and that there will be no questions!!! Praying for the two brothers… yes they are very sweet, obedient and precious boys!!! Can’t wait for Luke, Joseph and Sam to be reunited:) Love you!!

  4. Kari July 9, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Praising God for the sweet and peaceful time you had with Luke!! And yes, JESUS is all we need!! Praying for smooth court tomorrow. Love you guys!!

    • sasha July 9, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Praise the Lord! So thankful to see all these familiar sights on your blog! I can’t believe your there!!! My heart is aching for the sweet brothers…. it is so tempting to bring them home to the Parkers. :) Praying for a family to step up and not miss out on this amazing opportunity!

  5. Carrie Lantry July 9, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Oh just sobbing as I read this. I just love it. God is so so good. Oh sweet Luke, God has heard and answered your prayers and ours! Yay!!!

  6. Danae July 9, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Laura, This was the most beautiful and perfect post to wake up to this Monday morning! Will be covering you in prayer as you head to court, covering Luke as he comes to his final weeks in his birth country and for his brothers. THANK YOU for sharing your journey with us and for reminding us that Jesus all that we need.

  7. laurajonesjournal.wordpress.com July 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    these boys I’m referring to are not Luke’s brothers. Just a set of brothers who is at the same transition house in Addis. Just wanted to clarify. Thanks for praying for them.

  8. Holly Setran July 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    So fun to hear about your day with Luke! He sounds like he will be such a blessing for your family. God is so good. I am praying for you while you are there. Can’t wait to meet Luke!

  9. Kathleen Ueland July 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Wow! What a sweet boy Luke must be! Can’t wait to meet him in person. Praying for you all as you prepare to bring Luke “home.” So excited for you all! My kids love hearing the updates. Love to you all!

  10. Joy July 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    JESUS indeed!! I have been following your blog for quite some time and rejoice with you as God opens the doors for sweet Luke to come home!! We are in the process of adopting a 12 year old boy from the Philippines…hoping to travel in the fall. We cannot adopt again until Aaron’s adoption is finalized (aprox 6 months after we get home) I will be praying for a family for those special brothers!!!

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