I'll be updating this frequently with new requests as well as praises, because we believe in giving thanks and praise, too.
//Please pray for the timeline of traveling to Africa. This is by far the most stressful element of our adoption. Travel is so open-ended and our kind agency tries their very best to give us an estimated travel date when things are closer, but I've had friends get a call on Sunday that they're leaving the next day. So one: I'm worried about travel conflicting with weddings. We're clear for this summer but we don't know how far in advance to book weddings for next summer. So, please pray that God will keep our schedule clear in the dates that he has ordained for us to travel to Ethiopia. And two: I also don't want to turn anyone away because travel could interfere. Because my photography is my lifeblood and we don't want to lose business or money due to us being too cautious. Travel is giving me high blood pressure and anxiety. I can't think about it for more than 12-seconds or I'll have a panic attack.
//Please pray for Evan and I as we head to Guatemala. Maddox will be here with the grandparents so please pray for his safety while he's here and our hearts while we're there. We're leading a team of college students and looking forward to this trip so very much but it's always a challenge to leave our babe, especially when wifi/a phone connection isn't readily available. >>> guatemala was SO GOOD SLASH also the hardest trip i've ever been on and i've been on like 10. i got a parasite that i physically fought with/yelled at for the rest of the summer. maddox was sick. our plane was delayed. we had three hours of sleep and had to drive home from denver because we missed our flight. IT WAS INSANE. God showed up in every single area, even our 8-hour drive from hell that actually was my favorite part of the entire trip.
//Please pray for our funds! We need $8,000 in the next fourteen days! God is going to show up in a big way and we trust him but we also need money!
//Please pray for our daughter! OUR DAUGHTER! Pray for her caregivers and the nurses at her orphanage. She's already making so many improvements but has a long way to go.