A Road Home?

We are expanding in size again! (Our family that is.)  We have begun the process to adopt a child from Ethiopia.  This blog is intended to be a way to share our experience with you and to promote the cause of orphans all over the world.  Would you like some details?  Please read on, I’ll be glad to share.

Why Adopt?

We are so honored that God has placed this particular calling on our lives.  The need is so great and we have room in our hearts, and our home for that matter, to welcome a third child into our family.  It is flat out amazing to be part of a plan that will change the course of our child’s life.

As Christians we believe that it is the job of the church to care for orphans.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if the church actually took on the task of ending the global orphan epidemic?  In Ethiopia one out of every six children will die before their fifth birthday.  If we can make even a tiny dent in that statistic we will.

Why now?

Yes, our kids are young.  7 1/2 months and 2 1/2 years old.  We had our first two close together and we thought that was a good pattern to continue.  We will most likely travel to get our son in ten months to a year and a half from now.  We want our kids to grow up together, be close in age, to never know life without each other.

Is this going to cost a lot?

Yes.  Yes it is.  We are a middle class family, living on one income until I start teaching at the start of the next school year.  However, we are finding ways to cut back and save.  I coupon like crazy and we don’t eat out. (unless we have a great coupon!) Living on less is worth being able to bring our son home. The number is shaping up to be around $20,000 when all is said and done. We will also be fund-raising and accepting tax-deductible donations.  You can get more information about this by emailing me at erica.mho@gmail.com  and staying tuned to this blog for future fund-raising opportunities.

Above all we covet your prayers during this time of waiting and filling out endless amounts of paper work.  International adoption is crazy, but our God is Bigger than crazy and he gave us this assignment… therefore we do not fear.

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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  • We are so happy for you and proud of you guys,the decision to adopt takes someone special, especially children of a foreign country. I know God will bless this endevor and you and the child will recieve so many blessings from this. As I was adopted I know how much it means to be loved and wanted so much. We will be praying for you and supporting you in any way we can. Love you always. Gran

  • Hey Erica! What exciting news! Jon and I are also in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. We’ve finished our dossier and it should be on its way to Ethiopia any day now (after getting all of the appropriate stamps, authentications, etc). What agency are you using? How far along in the process are you? I don’t know how far ahead of you we are, but we’d be glad to answer any questions we can!

    So excited!!!
    Anna Palmer

  • Its a honor to have a sister and brother with such obedience to our Father… I cant wait to meet my new nephew… and love on him as much as i do the other do.. im excited to watch and go through this journey with you! I love you both very much! Standing Right by your side. Sis *

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