As for me, I know of nothing else but miracles. - Walt Whitman

Sunday, September 25, 2016

10 Months!

My gorgeous little baby doll is 10 months old today! Time goes so fast...hard to believe that he will be 1 soon. He now says mama, can feed himself finger foods, crawls everywhere, pulls himself up to stand and "cruises" along furniture, has 4 teeth, loves to be outside, and is such a delight! Thank You, God, for blessing us with this beautiful little boy.

September 25, 2016
Quintin Bennett

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Save the Date!!!

What: Metekle Ethiopian Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Doors open and auction starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:00

Where: Latty Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall 
12867 Road 82, Paulding, OH 45879

Help us give impoverished children the gift of an education! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


I witnessed this gorgeous sunrise from my front porch. One of God's masterpieces, for sure!

 My little mountain-mover. (His shirt says, "One day I will move mountains.")

We received updated photos of Metekle school in Mekele, Ethiopia! This is the school for which we raised the money for a second story. We traveled there in June and helped work on it! :) They are coming along nicely, and should be finished soon. Meanwhile, we have started fundraising to add a 3rd and final story to the school. Our project website can be found here:

A hot air balloon visited our neighborhood.

My lovely husband brought me some DeBrand's chocolates one night. Yum!!! My all-time favorites are the milk-chocolate covered raspberries.

 Malia is always writing me encouraging little notes. Love that girl!

We finally finished our bathroom project!

We made another visit to Sauder's Village...gotta make good use of the membership, you know!

Little guy has been getting around all over the place.

Keep praying for Tom! He only has $17,214 of the needed $42,000 for his emergency life-saving surgery. The donations have stalled out over the last week, but the poor guy is really sick. Please help us spread the word! Thanks so much!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Keep Praying!!!

*Please see my last post for more details.

Tom's emergency medical fund has grown to almost $10,000 of the needed $42,000! Thank you for your support! Tom is very appreciative...below is a letter written by my friend, Almaz (the former director of the transition home in Addis Ababa where Jalen and Jordan lived):

"Dear friends, 
Tom is feeling encouraged, inspired and feeling your prayers for sure. Tome often comes for meal and to see the twins as he just loves little ones. The twins were entertaining Tom with their dressing up and my boy wanted to be like his sister so he decided to wear mama’s bathing suite. And they not even four but they know Tom is sick and mama has so much paper that she calls Tom medical paper and they cannot write on them.. So every time he comes, they ask him, “Are you ok now” And he says yes and then they giggle with joy.” This Sunday they were cracking him with their dressing up. 

I want to pass on his gratitude to each one of you who have given or/and been praying for him. When he was here for dinner on Sunday, he said to me, “How can I even thank all these people? I don’t even know all their names?” And he went on, “Do you think, we will have new names in heaven?” That was big question for me. Anyways, I just want to add my thank you and also to ask if you would please continue to pray, share his needs to your friends and families on his behalf as we are still long way to go. It would be shame to get thus far and be stuck. Thank you for hearing and moving!"

Friday, August 26, 2016

Life-Saving Surgery Needed!!!

For years, my friend Tom graciously served hundreds of orphans in Ethiopia. He was the guard and one of the “special fathers” at the transition home in Addis Ababa where my twin sons used to live, and his joy, love, gentleness, and humility were evident to everyone he met. Tom tirelessly sat by the side of sick children, was always ready to donate his blood when a child needed a transfusion, played football with the older kids, cuddled the babies, cut the boys’ hair, and protected every person who passed through the home’s gates. To know Tom is to love him, and my family is privileged to call him a dear friend.

Currently, Tom (29 years old) is fighting for his life. When Tom was a boy, he contracted a parasite from the unclean water to which he was exposed. Unfortunately, his condition was repeatedly misdiagnosed, and progressed to the point of being life-threatening. Several years ago, Tom traveled to Thailand for surgery to correct the problem; however, his health has deteriorated rapidly since then and the operation needs to be done again. Sadly, it cannot be performed safely in Ethiopia, and he must travel to Thailand soon once more as he is deathly ill. The surgeon estimates that the operation alone will cost around $28,000 to $30,000 USD. Travel costs for Tom and a companion, accommodations, testing, medicine, and recovery/follow-up appointments are extra, so our goal is to raise $42,000 for Tom. While at first glance this may seem unreachable, God loves doing the impossible and I am confident He will provide.

How can you help?

11.   Pray
-for peace and comfort for Tom as he walks through this valley once again
-that the Lord will sustain Tom’s health so he can travel to Thailand for this life-saving surgery
-that the monetary goal would be reached
-that every detail will fall into place

22.  Share
-share the need with everyone you know via FaceBook, Twitter, email, blogs, etc.

-Tom has impacted many adoptive families by selflessly caring for their children. In the USA, we are blessed to have the resources and medical care that we need. Will you consider sharing your blessings so that this dear man’s life can be saved?

“When saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:39-40

Thank you, and may God bless you!


This guy is 14 today! Happy birthday, Adrian! We hope you have a wonderful day...we love you SO much!

 Shana got her driver's permit today!

Jalen and Jordan were supposed to dress up as their favorite fairy tale characters for school today. They decided they wanted to be the Billy Goats Gruff!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

9 Months!

Mr. Q is 9 months old today! He is so adorable, and we love him more each day. My baby boy is truly a gift from God!

August 25, 2016
Quintin Bennett
17 lbs, 13 oz. 
28 1/4 inches long