Shine Like Stars

Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of life (Phil. 2:15)
We're not trying to be rock stars but just shed some light on a sad and lonely world. Stay tuned for how God works through weak and tired, sometimes really cranky vessels.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

on her way home....

Here's a picture Nathan made at preschool....

Melia is on her way home!
The courts in Ethiopia are officially open and so yes, she will be coming home soon, relatively:)

So... We are naming this sweet baby girl,

Melia "S"

Melia means "the work of the Lord" and that she is.
The Lord has chosen her for our family and provided for her and us every step of the way. It will also take the work of the Lord to bring her home to us. We are praying for a quick court date and to travel soon. But until then, we trust that He, who loves her more than we do, will care and love her, and those amazing people at Hannah's Hope will too.

The "S" is the name her birth mother gave her.
We are not allowed to post that either until we bring her home. It's a very pretty name and I'm excited to use it often. I'm one of those people who say their kids' whole names. Not only when they're in trouble.

We have hermit crabs named Hermit Crab (Nathan's choice), Cooper (Caleb's choice), and
Creeper (my choice, cause he's really big and really creepy). In Nathan's picture it looks like we have a creeper at our front door. Don't be alarmed it's just a crab!
Also funny that he's calling Michael and I by our first names and that he thinks he shares a room with me. That explains why he's always climbing into my bed.


  1. What a sweet picture! Frame-able, I think--or at least one for the album! So neat to see the process through our children's eyes. And the inclusion of Creeper is just too cute!

    Melia "S" is such a beautiful name, and the meaning is so special.

    Praying with you for court dates and travel soon!

  2. I am so excited for you guys! Praise the Lord for his provision!

    God bless!


  3. Love those sweet lips!! She is so cute! I hope you get a court date and pass soon soon soon! I love the name Melia.


  4. the meaning of her name. That is sooo cute! The eyes of a child are sooo important.

  5. Congratulations! I just found your blog as we are looking at signing with AGCI for Ethiopia. Our first daughter is from Guatemala. I can't wait to hear of your journeys. Her eyes are just beautiful!

  6. Wow Gothro Family! You must all be so elated and God is so good!
    We are thrilled you finally know who your sweet baby girl will be. Two boys and two girls... what a wonderful family and lots of chaos to keep you going. I love her name. When do you expect to travel? SO EXCITING!