Archive - August 2010

5 years and counting
We received a matching grant!
Beauty in Chaos
it’s raining it’s pouring
Elliott Dancing
Radical blogs

5 years and counting

Can’t believe it’s been 5 years since Katrina. Erica and I went in a direction that I could never have imagined.

In that time, a lot has happened:

Erica moved to New Orleans to attend graduate school at NOBTS
Calvin moved to New Orleans for an entry-level job and rented an apartment a week before Katrina
(and to date Erica)
Evacuated to Jackson, MS (a 12-hour drive that is normally 3 hours)
Moved to Charleston, SC after realizing we’ve lost everything (which wasn’t a lot to begin with)
(Calvin’s apartment after Katrina)

Got Married

Moved to Baton Rouge, LA (for a couple months) then back to New Orleans, LA (lived in a church for a couple of weeks)

Found out our family of two would become a family of three!

Elliott came into the world

Moved to Nashville, TN
Charlotte came into the world

Built a house in Hendersonville, TN
Started the adoption process

Some of our newest friends don’t even know this much about us. We’ve made lifelong friends through this journey and are thankful for each of you. God knew our steps before we did and what a crazy ride it’s been. We faithfully believe He will continue to provide direction for our family.

We received a matching grant!

What does this mean, you ask? It means that ABBA Fund will match dollar for dollar any donations starting today until September 30th! Therefore, if you were to make a $20 donation through ABBA fund it would result in a $40 donation to our adoption fund!! Gifts given through ABBA will also be TAX DEDUCTIBLE. You simply download the donor card, include your gift and send it in. ABBA will send you a receipt that you can claim on your taxes. If you make a donation, please leave a comment below stating the amount so that we can add them up in real time. It will be amazing to see how the funds add up and multiply as we go.

To donate, please download this form. It will give you exact directions for submitting funds to ABBA on our behalf: Donation Card

With the help of our matching grant we have the potential to raise a huge chunk of the adoption expenses in just a 30 day window. If you are unable to give financially at this time please join us as we bathe this effort in prayer. We desperately need this funding and we are putting this in God’s hands, asking him to astound us with his provisions. When you pray for us, please pray BIG! And please share on Facebook and Twitter!

(you can visit the abba fund here)

Beauty in Chaos

Last Saturday I had a good talk with some guys that have already been to Ethiopia to adopt. Naturally the conversation turned into what to expect (goat heads laying around, dripping cold showers, dirty bathrooms, tons of people compressed into a small amount of space) followed by what to pack (cliff bars, water purifier, a year’s supply of wet wipes). Listening to these guys was pretty frightening and hard to comprehend but it made me more excited to go. As many of you know, I’m not a risk taker so this is not just another “adventure” to cross off of my list by any means. I think it just means I’m ready and anxious. I can’t say I’ve felt this same way 3 months ago.

Later in our talks, we tried to wrap our heads around how in the world does this country, and others like it, function? I don’t know but this is the beauty in the chaos.

(via Mocha club)

– Calvin

it’s raining it’s pouring

and Elliott can sing the rest for you. Charlotte backup dancing.

It’s raining, it’s pouring
the old man is snoring
he bumped his head
went to sleep
and couldn’t get up ’till morning


The adoption community is growing! At least around these parts. Every time I turn around I meet someone else starting the process. In pondering this exciting movement I’ve come to a few conclusions:

1. I will never get tired of seeing children come home to their forever families… Never
2. My family will learn to continue to live simply so that even after we’ve completed our adoption we can support others in the process
3. We will live simply so that we can adopt Again, and maybe again… Lord you decide here!
4. I want my life on earth to reflect my Father in all I do… how would He respond to orphans in crisis, poverty, sickness and death?
5. I will sing the song of orphans to all who will listen… that’s over 145 million songs, I’ll be singing for awhile
6. The glory for what we accomplish goes to God alone, his provisions are lavish and indescribable
7. The Problem is NOT too big.

Elliott Dancing

This is how Elliott passes the time waiting for Liam. Never before seen footage. A little Marley never hurt anybody.

Radical blogs

taken from
–family from Williamson Co. sold it all to move to Bangkok.
–Williamson Co. girl out of high school moves to Uganda, now 3 yrs later is the mother to lots of kids–lost count is it 13?
–Sweet young¬†couple adopts 6 kids from Ethiopia. That is on top of their 4 biological children.

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