An unexpected surprise

Calvin and I have been staffing World Changers projects for quite some time now. In fact, that’s how we met, fell in love etc. In June I was the project coordinator for the Nashville WC project, which is where we were when we got some exciting news. I checked my email that evening after the worship service and found a facebook message from our friends from Seminary Jon and Anna Palmer. (also adopting from Ethiopia!) Anna had written that their friend, a graphic designer, had looked at our blog, got a feel for us and designed a t-shirt to be sold to benefit our adoption fund! Not only that, but the church fronted the money for the printing! Then I clicked on the file to view the design… it was just so perfect. It captured the spirit of my post “Why Ethiopia?” I cried tears of joy, which in turn scared our summer staff who of course thought something was wrong with me.

So that brings us to the present, and our awesome t-shirts.  Oh, and did I mention that they not only printed them, but also sold them at camps??  Yes, we have amazing friends.

Most importantly we serve an amazing God who showers his blessings upon us, who continually reminds me that he will deliver even when my faith waivers.  He never falls short, He is perfect, He is all that I cannot be… He is with my baby even now.  It’s mind-boggling to think that the Lord is preparing us to parent a child that is a world away, what an honor and privilege.

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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