Our girls

Two hours ago my husband and I sat hip to hip on the couch, intently watching a blue bar creep towards 100%. In the file was information about ‘our’ girls — information that we’ve been waiting weeks to know. Already in love with their pictures, we were praying that the information to be revealed would feel right to us, and that we’d have a peace about it.

Five pictures and eight pages of scanned documents take 17 minutes to download on 56k dialup, in case you want to know. Seventeen minutes in which we realized, for better or for worse, that these girls already felt like ours in our hearts and it would take a lot to scare us away from them.

Five pictures and eight pages. Not much to go on. But after reading every word and staring at every picture, we knew. They were ours. Within minutes we had an acceptance email winged off to the waiting child coordinator at our agency.

They’re ours! Praise the Lord! They’re ours!

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  1. Mary, they are BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations! Hooray!

    I am so excited for you and your family!


  2. Angela says:

    How wonderful! Congratulations!

  3. Oh, Mary, I’m so full of happiness for you, for them…what could be better? Just thrilling!!!!

    Congratulations and godspeed bringing your beautiful girls home!

  4. congratulations! this is very exciting news- and what a way to start the weekend!!! Thank you for sharing their pictures- they are both beautiful- as are all of your children. What peace you must be feeling tonight to know they are indeed your girls……..I hope you travel quickly to bring these precious children home……what treasures.

  5. They look like happy girls. Congratulations and best wishes for a happy homecoming for two new members of your family!

  6. Oh Mary! I am in tears! They are beautiful! Oh hurry girls! We are anxious to meet you!!!!

  7. Praise God! The girls just shine don’t they? Congratulations!

  8. They are gorgeous! What beautiful happy smiles! Congratulations!

  9. I got chills. How wonderful!

  10. Jennifer says:

    absolutely gorgeous, mary! you are so lucky 🙂 congratulations!

  11. They are beautiful blessed girls, joining a beautiful blessed family. It just feels right. Congratulations!

  12. Oh my goodness, Mary!!!!! I’m in tears too!!!! I can’t imagine how THEY must be feeling (if they know) or what they WILL be feeling when they find out!!!!!!! They are going to be THRILLED and probably a little scared and who knows what else….sad to leave the friends they’ve made….but incredibly happy to be coming to a forever family! I just can’t imagine what all of that would be like for these girls (MUCH different than a baby/toddler adoption)!!! They are absolutely beautiful! We are rejoicing with you!!!!

    Will they know any English?

    Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord – what amazing GIFTS!!!!

  13. Congratulations! I will say a prayer that everything continues to progress quickly and well.

  14. Congratulations Mary and family! They are beautiful!

  15. i’ve been following along in this your latest adoption journey and i’m just all goose-bumpy at your latest post! congrats and praise God from whom all blessings flow! 🙂
    (and what a wonderful family these girls are getting in return!)

  16. Oh, my.
    They are gorgeous. Look at those smiles!
    My heart just swelled at the news. And I’m thrilled for you. So glad that I stumbled on your blog…I can’t wait to see this fantastic story unfold.

    Bleach Free Blessings!

  17. They are beautiful girls!! Congratulations!!!!

  18. tamatha says:

    Oh, there just aren’t words sometimes…

    congratulations will have to do!

  19. They’re GORGEOUS! Congratulations!!!!

  20. Oh how wonderful!!! And they are so beautiful! Congratulations!

  21. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this pic. They are so incredibly YOURS!!!!!!!

  22. Such lovely girls. I’m sure they will be a perfect addition to your family. 8^) Congratulations!!!!!!

  23. your girls are adorable! congratulations!

  24. I’m a loyal reader but I don’t comment much. I just had to say that I am SO SO SO thrilled for you! You’ve absolutely made my night, I’m just bursting with joy for your family. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the journey to bring them home!

  25. They are beautiful! Thanks be to God!

  26. I love how this picture seems to capture their personality. Can’t wait to see a picture of them with the rest of your family!

  27. Wow. wow wow wow. They are absolutely stunning, just beautiful. Their eyes and their smiles…. They are just beautiful.

    I just keep smiling for you while nodding my head. I am so amazed at how families can come together this way. These sweet girls will be your daughters, THAT is amazing.

    Thanks for sharing. Really, they couldn’t be any sweeter.

    🙂 All smiles for you,


  28. YES!!!! Still Praying!!!! come Home Babies!!!!


  29. They are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Congrats!


  30. Congratulations, Mary. They’re beautiful.

  31. Oh my! So gorgeous. I love their smiles. They just radiate. Congratulations!!!

  32. Congratulations Owlhaven Crew!! Your daughters are beautiful. Is this your first older child adoption? We will have to trade tips.

    I can’t wait to follow your journey to Ethiopia to bring your sweeties home!

  33. Mary,

    Congratulations to your family. Your girls are just beautiful! I can’t wait to show our 9 year old Ethiopian daughter and see if she knows them!

  34. CanadianCarrie says:

    Wonderful news!! They are just beautiful! I got shivers all over when I read this! Congratulations to you and your family!

  35. mary – this picure is amazing…and congratulations!!! xo

  36. The picture is just beautiful! I am so excited for you and your growing family. What a blessing.

  37. Teary, here. Your girls are beautiful!


  38. What cuties! How old are they?

  39. Marian says:


  40. Congrats. Your daughters are beautiful. What a wonderful addition to your family.

  41. I’m all misty-eyed. What beautiful girls. They have no idea yet how much their new family will love them. Thanks for posting this. 🙂

  42. Congratulations! They are beautiful girls, and their smiles are contagious! I’m so happy for you and your family and look forward to hearing more.

  43. YAY!

  44. Oh wow, I’m teary eyed and excited for you & you don’t even know me!!! Well, I’ll definitely be praying for you and your family! Looking forward to a lot of updates!!!

  45. Oh Mary! WOW! They are so beautiful, and I am so thrilled for you all! I have just crawled downstairs to check on Heather, and the news was good, and then you, and yours is good, and today is just starting out in such an amazing demonstration of God’d wonderful love. I can’t wait to hear you are on your way to fetch your lovely new daughters. They are so blessed God chose you and John to be their new parents.

  46. They’re beautiful! Congratulations!
    Godspeed getting them home.

  47. Oh Mary, they are PRECIOUS!!!!! I just love that picture. How could anyone not fall in love with them.

    As Mia would say, it is Awesome Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. !

  49. What dynamic smiles!
    I can see how they won your heart.

    How long is the wait to hold them?

  50. They are beautiful and so is your family to do this. I will pray everything coninues to go ok.