Friday, February 25, 2011

Here we go!!!

We are so excited to announce that the Runner family is expanding!  Nope, we are not pregnant.....We are going to adopt! How exciting is that?  I will tell you now that it is about to get crazy for this ol' gal...cause I am doing something that I never dreamed....we are going to Ethiopia.....wowza....

yep, I said Ethiopia.  I have studied and researched this country for over a year....I have looked at the innocent faces, I have prayed faithfully for God to guide us in this.  I feel like this is what Eric and I are called to do. I am excited and completely and totally terrified.....I feel alot like I did when I found out that I was pregnant with my first baby.

We have requested a girl between the age of 2-4.  I pray for her daily.   I worry about her.  I think about what she is going to look like.  I wonder what she is going to be when she grows up.  I pray that we will be the parents that she needs.....see it is just like when you peed on that lil' stick and it said, 'YOU ARE PREGNANT'.

In my prayers I also pray for her health, her comfort and the hands of her caregivers. I pray that she is being cared for and loved. I pray that her basic needs are being met.  I pray that she knows that she is loved. 

We are very early in this whole process and I am just taking it step by step but I can tell you that although I may not be carrying this child in my womb she is most certainly in my heart.  I hope this lil' blog will provide our family a reference point as we go down this road together. I  hope you will join us.


  1. Sounds amazing and I am so happy for you both! Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress! Your family is in our prayers!

  2. I am so excited to join this journey with you guys on your blog!!

  3. I am sooooooo excited for you. Ethiopia is a wonderful country.

  4. Eric and Fran,
    Faith is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.
    Hebrews 11:1
    I will pray that the Lord will grant your request.
    “Coach Roe”

  5. I am crying while I read this.. This is so incredibly awesome. I dream of this same thig one day so when that day comes I will know who to come and talk to. Love you guys so much and this will be the luckiest little girl ever!! I will pray for your baby girl also and for your family to transition well when this all comes together. See I knew you weren't done with just two lol Love you Sweety!!

  6. I am so happy for you and Eric! I'm not sure if you knew, but I was adopted when I was 3 years old. My life was forever altered on that day. I found a loving home where my parents loved and encouraged me every day of my life. You and Eric will do the same for this sweet baby girl! Congrats and let me know if there is anything that I can do to help.

  7. Love the blog colors! So proud of you guys! Keep this blog updated. . . not mentioning the other blog. . hee hee!

    Love ya!

  8. Well you know what I ARE pregnant. It's a different pregnant, but you are pregnant.

  9. So super happy for the Runner Family! Eric and Fran you are awesome parents to begin with, now you'll just be even more awesome to another sweet and precious little girl! We are excited to see this journey for you all come to fruition and are anxious to meet your new bundle of joy! God has great plans for your family. This little girl now gets to be part of those plans! We love you all and look forward to seeing your family grow!