A Picture for Desta

desta room photoMatt and I were saying last night that whenever we stop and really think about the fact that we are going to be in Ethiopia in less than a week our stomach do a lurch.  I can’t believe that we are almost there.  This journey has seemed so long!

Speaking of this journey…

I have had a picture of Desta in my head.  I have posted a few times about the importance the book of Isaiah has been for me during this process.  On her nursery wall is the inscription, “Do not be afraid, you are mine, “paraphrased from Is. 43.  When I have grown nervous or scared about her, I have pictured her held in the palm of God’s hands.

Recently Matt became reaquainted with a high school classmate, Lou Wackes.  She is an amazing artist. I emailed Lou several photos of Desta as well as pictures of her nursery.  I shared with her the verses God had given us for Desta.  She came up with this amazing painting for Desta’s room. It is perfect.

In Lou’s words, “I hope you like how it turned out…I’m going to have a tough time parting with this one, so special! I tried to make the flower simbolic of God’s hand, like you said you’d had the vision of God holding her in the palm of His hand.”

Thank you Lou.  This is such a special gift for a very special little girl!

If you’d like to see more of Lou’s work, you can go to her estsy shop  Messy Heart Studio

  1. Wow! What a beautiful painting! I can so see Desta! I love the scripture too! How fitting for our babies!

  2. Michele Heath

    This is so beautiful! What a blessing. I can’t believe you are leaving so soon! We’ll be praying for your fast and furious trip.

  3. What an amazing painting – and Desta’s beauty was truly captured! You know, the book of Isaiah is perfect for helping parents out on the adoption journey. Just a few weeks ago, I was telling Jason how much God has spoken to me through the book of Isaiah. Maybe I just hadn’t paid much attention before but I never really felt drawn to that specific book of the Bible but it seems like I’m reading from it all the time now. God always knows where to direct us in His Word!

    Your time to travel is almost here – praise God! Your journey to Africa will be so unlike any of ours as you are traveling back to a homeland – how amazing that you will have a special bond with Desta in that you have your own memories of the beautiful continent to share with her one day. I will continue to pray for you as you prepare for all that awaits you half-way across the world!


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