Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Glimpses of Africa

Happy Tuesday. :)

Over the last several weeks, I just can't get enough of Africa! Between browsing Etsy, spending too much time on Pinterest, finding inspirational adoption blogs, and searching Gotcha Day videos on YouTube...I just can't get enough.

Here are some glimpses of Africa we have added to our home.

Africa wall plaque Colin created. It says, "I will not leave you as orphans. -John 14:18". It has a pink heart where Ethiopia is located. In between family photos:

 Above our dining table, I made some printouts of an Africa map and also a mama and baby giraffe. It is a sweet reminder of what is to come:

On a ledge in our kitchen, I used a printout that says, "Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage. -Psalm 27:14" It is next to a pink candle and, well, some candy corn:

 Some Ethiopian coffee we picked up from Caribou. And, a set of Starbucks mugs we've had for years that have an Africa on them with a poem that says, "On a faraway hillside, Manolo rakes his coffee beans in the sun. He is preparing them for their pilgrimage north. A journey where they will be refined by fire. Each morning, I am greeted by coffee from a land I have never seen, but I have tasted its beauty. Thanks to Manolo.":

 Last, I had to add a picture of Mercedes, one of our two himalayans. All I had to do was place this Africa cutout on the floor and she curled up next to it:

"The joy of the Lord is your strength." -Nehemiah 8:10


  1. Still so VERY excited for you!

  2. Such sweet pictures! I am just so excited about this journey for you! I can't wait to see what happens next!

  3. Love all the pics and your new African additions to your home. What a special way to start making this real in your everyday lives! :) xoxo

  4. What beautiful inspiration pieces you have reminding you of what is to come!
    Also - you have beautiful family photos ... I can't wait for one of your new family of three soon!

  5. Those are awesome! Have you seen Adoption Story on Discovery? When we adopted our son I could watch the same episode 20 times and still find inspiration there.

  6. I love the photo of the momma and baby giraffe- so sweet! I remember being so excited every time I saw ANYTHING from ET or Africa. It always made me feel closer to our child...Reminds me of one of my own blogposts... :-)