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The Land of Pink

So this week I am staying with my girlfriend who has three little girls and I don't know if I have ever seen so much pink. After being here for five days I am even more convinced that girls are completely different from boys. And I am also wondering how this dynamic will change the our household.... and hoping that I can be a good mommy for a little girl. Before the boys came, I had no idea what to do with little boys. But now I find it hard to imagine the opposite. I am excited to see how her gifts and personality will grow our family. And while I'm sure we will have our share of pink, girlie items, having two older brothers has destined her to play in the mud, fight the enemy and be made to walk the plank.

Quote by John Piper

"The deepest and strongest foundation of adoption is located not in the act of humans adopting humans, but in God adopting humans. And this act is not part of His ordinary providence in the world; it is at the heart of the Gospel. Galatians 4:4-5 is as central a Gospel statement as there is: 'But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." (John Piper from Adoption: The Heart of the Gospel)

Coffee and Popcorn

Today I was reading all about the coffee ceremonies in Ethiopia. Smelling roasting beans, lingering over mulitple cups of coffee...and sometimes they serve popcorn....yes, I think the Judkins family has definitly found a culture that they will love!

Why Adopt?

This is a repost from our earlier website, but wanted to include it on here for those who are thinking about adopting. ...

Our reasons for adopting are many, but the theme tying them all together is we are confident that this is plan A for our family. Kevin and I began dreaming of adopting a baby long before we said " I do ". It was part of our discussions during those first years of marriage and then we began to seriously look into adoption when we decided to start having children. Many have asked if we are adopting because I cannot conceive or because my pregnancies were difficult. There is nothing preventing me from conceiving another child. Although I will not miss the daily nausea and vomiting, the intense leg pain, the beautiful old lady stockings, the extreme fatigue, or the stress all of that put on my marriage, there are things about not being the one to conceive our next child that I will miss: feeling your baby grow inside of you, seeing those first glimpses …

the next step

YEAH! We are 100% accepted into the Ethiopia program and can begin working on our Dossier (the information that will actually go to the Ethiopian government). So now begins the next mountain of paperwork and checks to write. We just received a 32 page packet detailing what needs to be done to complete the Dossier. I am so excited to get this last phase completed so we can begin our long, long wait.

Do you believe in dreams?

We met some new neighbors at a party a few weeks ago. They live on the street adjoining ours. She is pregnant with her first baby. As we talked about our adoption and the timeline it seems that our babies will be about the same age. It was fun to watch her and think of my own little one growing in a belly half a world away. She told us that they were going for their sonogram that week to find out if it was a boy or a girl. That night as I retold the story to Kevin, I reminded him of a dream that I had the night after we first saw this house and that my prediction was it was going to be a girl.
We loved this house from the moment we drove up into the drive, but we didn't want to make a final decision without atleast sleeping on it for one night. And that night I had a dream. In my dream our little girl was walking up the sidewalk on the street connected to ours. We hadn't done anything with her hair that day and it was wild and beautiful. She had a huge smile on her…