Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pics from the CAO Conference

Here's a few pics from the conference.

I stole these from the Laynemeister's Hennhouse Happenings blog.  We're at Fasika's eating Ethiopian food.

Here is a pic of the entire Beaver family standing in front of over 1000 people talking about the Orphan Sunday service that we held at our church last November.  That was the service that God used to move our hearts toward adoption.  It was great to see their entire family up there as a picture of God's ability to overcome circumstances that man sees as impossible.

Next is a pic of Megan from AGCI.  Since Kiersten from AGCI has been pictured in our blog twice, and great fortune has come her way since those postings, I wanted to include a pic of Megan.  She was great to talk to at the conference.  Like all of the other AGCI girls, she is passionate about adoption and has a contagious joy about her work.  If anyone is looking for an agency, put them on your list!

The last pic is a pic of Heather with Lisa from A Bushel and a Peck.  We were walking through the area with all of the booths, and we almost ran directly into someone.  We quickly darted around her and then both stopped in our tracks and said to each other, "she looks familiar."  Heather said that she saw her name badge said Lisa and that she was sure that it was the lady from A Bushel and a Peck.  She was going to go over to find out and I told her there was no way she would actually go over and talk to her.  I dared her to go over several times, and just before I double-dog dared her, she went over.  She told Lisa that she looked familiar.  Lisa responded that she lives in northern Idaho and used to live in Colorado and......writes a blog called A Bushel and a Peck.  Heather squealed and gave her a hug.  It was a lot of fun to talk with her.  Her family has adopted four beautiful kids from Ethiopia and has been very transparent with some of the issues that they've faced.  She is as genuine and real in person as she is on her blog.

I don't have any pics of the long nights we spent drinking coffee with the Chapmans and the Pipers.  There apparently are some type of copyright laws that prohibit me from posting all of the photos with them.


  1. it was nice to meet you at the conference! i am glad you got to meet so many people!

    God bless, janelle

  2. It was such a treat getting to know you in person. Thanks for being bold enough to introduce yourselves - I loved it. I look forward to keeping in touch as you make your way through the adoption journey.