Franklin Five

Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Wednesday, August 04, 2010


our first day with Lidiya in Ethiopiaour first moments with our daughter

We just arrived home this evening from Ethiopia. I am about to drag myself upstairs and into the bed, but I wanted to send a quick update a few pictures of my beautiful baby girl.

What a trip we have had!! I can't wait to tell all about it, but for now, I will only give a few highlights: we met our daughter and we passed court!!!

Lidiya is so precious and has already captured our hearts. We are so grateful that God has blessed us with such a special daughter. We count it an honor and priviledge to be her parents, and we cannot wait to bring her home. It was very difficult to leave her there, but we are praying it will only be a month or so before we can return to pick her up. While we were in Ethiopia, we missed our boys so much and felt like part of us was still in Tennessee. Now, we are so happy to be home with the boys but miss Lidiya. Now, part of my heart is in Ethiopia.


Katrina said...

She is gorgeous! Blessings on you!!

votemom said...

pure joy! brian & i love the pictures - it touches us deeply, of course. brings back sooooo many memories.

God's fingerprints are all over the place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keri Harrison said...

Wow! She is BEAUTIFUL! :) Still praying for you - especially through this last wait before you can bring her home. Congratulations - our God is amazing.

Jonathan said...

Oh my goodness, I am just sitting here bawling and trying to explain to Jonathan why I am crying and why you are teary in your picture, too. We are all so happy for you and anxious for you to bring Lidiya home forever.

Love from all of us!

Anne Rodgers said...

I can not wait to hear more! So glad you are home safely....praying for the days until Lidiya is with you.


The Howe Family said...

Oh, she is beautiful!! I love these pictures. Praying your trip to bring her home will be soon!

Jennie said...

What a beautiful baby girl! Congratulations, Tim and Jo!

Emma Claire said...

What sweet pictures! Brings tears to your eyes! Praying for all of you on this journey.

Maddie, Jack, and Kate's Momma said...

She is simply amazing. You look so happy...(I am with Amy, bawling my eyes out...then seeing you all teary, made me even more teary...I have only seen that look in your eyes a few, precious times!).

I cannot wait to hear more and see more photos.

Love you all much!

Tracy said...

Oh so breathtaking!!! I'm dying for you having to leave her!! Praying you get back quickly!

S Mosley said...

she is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! i LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture of you holding her in the air, kissing her SMILING face!!! i love these pictures!!! so excited for your family!!! can't wait to meet her!!! praying that you'll get to go back SOON to get her! love you!