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Hi everyone! We have arrived in Addis Ababa and are settling into our room to try to get some sleep. It is tuesday night about 11pm here. Our trip was long but overall smooth- thank you for praying! Now to try and sleep before meeting our baby girl tomorrow!!!
Will update soon hopefully.
-Sarah & Rob

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  • april tucker - So happy y’all had a smooth trip! I can’t wait to see more pics with Lulu!:) thinking about you all and praying hard!:)ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - SOOOOOO close! I think I’m going to die sitting here….ugh. I can’t wait to hear all about it.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Spencer - Absolutely dying to see pictures!!!

    Love and Prayers from Tennessee… 🙂 🙂 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Betsy Ekle - Can’t wait to read and see more. So very happy for you guys! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

We are preparing to board our first flight in just a few minutes and will arrive in Ethiopia Tuesday night. Thank you for all your prayers and calls and texts- we love you and will update as technology allows!
Happy Thanksgiving!
-Sarah & Rob

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  • Jess - Yay! Praying for safe, uncomplicated travels and quick court passage (and that MOWCYA approval letter is waiting for you when you get there!!).ReplyCancel

One of the questions we are asked most often about our adoption process, is what our other children think about it all. Our three-year-old, being well, three, is as excited to have a baby sister as one would expect him to be. He comprehends enough to know her name and photo and where her room will be, but beyond that he is going to need something concrete before fully grasping our family growing by another. Our six-year-old on the other hand has been very tuned in to the process and somewhere along the way has developed a love and heart for the orphaned. And while her passion could match that of any adult, her youth thrives on having something active and tangible to do to help. From lemonade stands to breaking into her own piggy bank, she has taken on the cause of helping us bring home baby Lulu. Even once we are home with our girl, I don’t anticipate the passion in our eldest daughter will wain. We look forward to seeing what grows in her heart for the fatherless in our community and around the world.

Emma has been hard at work creating some one-of-a-kind paintings that she is now selling, with all the proceeds going to help cover the travel expenses we have left for our two trips to Ethiopia. She is pretty fired up about the pieces, and I have to say they are really, really great. Every signed and numbered 🙂 painting is done on 9×12 90lb. watercolor paper and can be purchased for $13 via the paypal link at the bottom of this post or in the sidebar. Thank you so much friends for not only continuing to support our family in this lengthy process, but for encouraging a young artist’s spirit!

 


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  • Courtney - Hi sarah! This is Courtney, Jess’ sis-in-law. Saw her post on facebook and had to come check it out! We are keeping up with your process via Jess and we are both so excited for you. Praying as you wait on court and fundraise!ReplyCancel

    • sarahrichmond - hi Courtney! I have been keeping up with y’all as well via Jessica. I know it has been a long road for you – and I was excited when she told me you had moved up on the list. Thanks for touching base, and we will continue to pray for your timing to be swift and perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Coli - We want to adopt and hope whatever biological children we are given by God will have the same heart [and art skills] Emma has. Your sweet girl moved our hearts in a mighty way!!! We will frame her Africa painting and pass it on to our adopted child someday. Blessings on your family and your adoption.ReplyCancel

    • sarahrichmond - That is wonderful – we get excited when we hear of other hearts being moved for the least and littlest. thank you so much for commenting and connecting!ReplyCancel

  • Los Linkos - […] other day my friend Kate sent me a link to some art by a precious 6 year-old girl who has a heart for oprhans and is helping raise money to bring her baby sister home from […]ReplyCancel

  • Jen - I love this! I saw your link on BooMama today and had to head on over. I currently live in Africa (in Egypt) but am moving back to the States (for a few years anyway) in June and will love to frame and have this on my wall! I’m getting married in the fall and have a huge heart for adoption. I hope to instill the same love and value into my own children one day… and I REALLY want to adopt from Ethiopia. My roommate and I traveled to see Ethiopia last November and are both hoping that the next time we go will be to pick up our children!ReplyCancel

    • sarahrichmond - Thank you for stopping over and supporting us – you sound like you have an amazing story yourself! Congrats on your marriage and everything, many thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Jess - Love this! We are almost(!!) DTE and looking toward the long wait ahead. I have a question. Could I request a color palette? I know that sounds weird but I would love to have this in our Little Man’s nursery, from one adoptive family to another. The plan is for his stuff to be gray/blue/white. We would love to have one in gray/blue/white or even with some green as a representative of Miss Emma. Great idea!!ReplyCancel

    • sarahrichmond - Hi Jess – Thank you so much for writing, and yes, Emma would be happy to do those colors for your little guy’s room. Congrats btw! Just make a note in the comments on the paypal form to remind us of your custom colors when you order. I’m going to stay up with your blog – can’t wait to see your family united.ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - I LOVE this!! y mother-in-law is in Kenya right now. And our family (me, hubby, girls 10, 9, 5) is taking a 5-week mission trip to Cambodia in December, and our girls have made lots of fun things to sell. I love kids’ artwork, and Emma’s is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - I seriously love this! Emma has a beautiful heart, AND beautiful art! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brandis Allison, Inspired. » The Act of Giving: - […] wanted to get to know Sarah better and when i became facebook friends with her, i saw a link to her adoption blog.  and then i liked her even more! Sarah and her young family are adopting a baby girl named […]ReplyCancel

  • Jess - Hi Richmond family! We got Emma’s painting yesterday and it is PERFECT!! We love it and can’t wait to frame it!! I’ll try to put a picture on my blog soon to show how well it fits in the room but please tell Emma thank you for her special gift. We will continue to pray for your family.ReplyCancel

Yes! We have finally been given our court date in Ethiopia and we will be there over Thanksgiving! I am already praying my heart can handle the beauty of the people we are going to see and meet. We are desperate to hold our baby girl, and November can’t get here fast enough. As we book airline tickets and lodging, we thought our friends and family may appreciate seeing where we are headed. Here is a piece on where are going to be staying and the ministry happening in the area.

Much Love,

-Sarah & Rob


Ethiopia Guest Home – More Than a Place to Stay from Session 7 Media on Vimeo.