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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Tom is scheduled for his operation on October 25 in Bangkok! He is flying out of Addis Ababa on October 23. I know he would appreciate your prayers as he travels and undergoes tests and surgery. May God heal him completely! Tom is still lacking some of the funds for his post-operative care. If you feel moved to give a last-minute gift to Tom's medical fund, please do so here:…/toms-emergency-medical-fund/. He is getting so close to being fully funded! Thank you!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Did you know? Ethiopia is the largest producer of livestock in Africa, and ranks in the top 10 countries worldwide with over 100 million cows, sheep, and goats. The Ethiopians have been producing and exporting quality leather products for centuries. We will be selling some leather goods (purses, satchel bags, etc) straight from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, at our benefit on November 5. Here's a sneak peek of one of our items. This gorgeous, soft duffel bag would be perfect for your travel needs, or would make a great Christmas gift for someone special in your life. The purchase of this bag will help orphans get an education!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


We will be serving Tomoca Ethiopian buna (coffee) at our Metekle Ethiopian School Benefit Dinner on November 5th, and we will have some for purchase on the silent auction, too. Did you know that Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee? A goat herder named Kaldi discovered coffee when he noticed that his goats became very energetic after eating the beans from a certain tree. He decided to make a drink from the beans, and the rest is history! Today, Kaldi's coffee shop in Ethiopia is similar to Starbuck's in the U.S. I have attended many traditional coffee ceremonies in Ethiopia, and while the coffee from freshly-roasted beans is strong, it is very sweet and never bitter. And it has the most delicious aroma! It is usually served with popcorn and traditional bread (dabo), and incense is burned throughout the ceremony.

We hope to see you on November 5th!!!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Birthday!!!

On this day 8 years ago, a very brave woman on the other side of the world gave birth to 2 precious baby boys. We are so thankful that we get to call them our sons. Happy birthday, Jalen and Jordan! We love you more than words can say! XOXOXO

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!