10.16.2011

A year ago Mareto was given HOPE

One year ago today ten little ones were removed from a government orphanage in Ethiopia and placed in Hannah's Hope, a beautiful transition home. One year ago these little lives were given HOPE for the first time. Hope of love, home, and a family. One year ago we were sitting near the top of the wait list at #5 hoping a praying for a referral by Christmas. Then, we learned about the ten little ones and our prayers changed to hoping that our son was among those ten. And he was! Of the ten little children brought to Hannah's Hope our son was the tiniest little one. Just 3 weeks old and very ill, but for the first time he had HOPE! Hope for medical treatment, hope for nourishment, hope for loving hands to rock him, change him, and comfort him, and hope for a family... us.

One year ago today Mareto had his picture taken for the very first time as he entered the gates of Hannah's Hope...


What a little love! So tiny and so loved by a family he didn't know yet and by a God who formed every little piece of him and knew exactly the wonderful plans in store for his life.

8 comments:

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It is hard to believe it has been a year.

Clay in the Potter's Hand said...

I got goosebumps reading this post! I will always love the life story God gave you, John and Mareto! ♥

Kristin said...

Praise the Lord, Lauren!! I just loved reading this!! Hope is what our God is all about and I know firsthand what the miracle of adoption can do in a person's life and I am SO overjoyed when I see the beautiful family that God created with you, John, and Mareto!!

Alison said...

So beautiful! I truly remember all the excitement and joy of the HH 10 last year like it was yesterday! Hard to believe it has been a year already! Love the new blog look too!!!

Behn and Meg said...

Hard to believe that's the same baby...so precious then and now!

BARBIE said...

What a beautiful testimony Mareto is of God's love and faithfulness!

P.S. - I have to tell you how much I love your new blog design!

Anna said...

oh how sweet. I remember.....
(we are anxiously awaiting our little ones baby book- It is in the states and we were thinking we would "get the phone call last month." I cant wait to learn more about her history. So glad you have this photo of your little one.....

Mattie said...

Just beautiful...