It Is A Tree Of Life!!!

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick, but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

The guys were waiting in the lobby of their hotel and Addie and I were waiting with them on Skype!!

The guide came to be with Blake and Grant, and I was able to meet her too!

Then she got word that Tate would not be arriving for several more hours.

So Addie and I went to bed.

I woke up at 1 a.m. and tried to reach the guys and couldn’t.

I woke up at 2 a.m. and tried again! They were already back in their room with Tate, and THEY ANSWERED my Skype call!!

And there was our sweet boy, blowing me kisses and saying “Mama!” over and over and over!!

*these photos are of Tate’s first moments with Blake and Grant in the lobby!
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Isn’t he beautiful???!!!!!!

Tate ran right to Blake when he arrived, saying “Baba!!” He jumped in Blake’s arms and kissed his cheek!!!!!!

They definitely had told Tate about us and showed him our photos we sent!!!!

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Tate is full of life!!! And busy, busy!!!

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They are doing GREAT!!!! I am watching them in a little box on the corner of my screen as I type this!! And it is now 3:15 a.m.!!!!

Tate is coloring and then coming to the computer screen to show me his work! He is also putting part of his snacks under my photo on the screen to share with me!!!

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Praise the Lord with us!!!! WE ARE SIMPLY IN AWE.

Tate had a bag with him, and it is FULL of his artwork, photos on a CD, and a beautiful scrapbook of his time at the orphanage! I am making the guys promise to hand carry ALL of it home! No wet suitcases for those precious gifts!!!


“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126:5


  1. Christy says:

    Oh my goodness! My heart is full this Monday morning! Tate must have been in a wonderful orphanage. His smile, the way he addresses you as his parents, the bag of wonderful memories…all proof his caregivers have done a wonderful job caring for him. Congratulations! Bless your family and your sweet precious son!

    • Steph says:

      God has been so good, yes!! I wish you could see him on Skype get his photo book and show me the photos of each of us when we are on the computer screen. He is processing and connecting it all FOR SURE. Thanks for your support, dear friend!!

  2. Kelly says:

    So thankful he had such a better start than Eliza did. What an active little guy! I’m sure you are over flowing with emotions. Love you.

  3. Hillary says:

    Oh, Stephanie! We are so happy for y’all! I’m so glad you are able to skype and “be there” with the guys. God is so good!! Praising him for an amazing start with Tate!

  4. Kirstin says:

    A song in my heart this morning!
    So beautiful!
    Thank you for keeping us posted… up to the minute practically! Such a privilege to see this adventure unfolding!

    • Steph says:

      A song in my heart too, for sure! I had to post RIGHT away……..David and Kayla were waiting as anxiously as we were for this moment!!!! Thanks for all of your support right now – means the world to us all.

  5. Sandra Endress says:

    I’m tellin’ ya…the Proverbs 13:12 verse is perfect isn’t it? Just like Tate Moschel! He IS beautiful! I couldn’t wait to get to my computer this morning and find his little face looking at mine! I love how he ran to Blake and kissed him, how he shares with you his snack, the care he was surely given up till now, how busy and healthy he looks, and just how the Lord has provided yet again…His timing is perfect. Rejoicing with you!!!

    • Steph says:

      When I decided to use that verse for this post, I told Blake you would love it!! ;0) We are smitten with our little man, and energized by all the Lord’s goodness to us for the hard work ahead!! I cannot wait for these guys to get home!!

  6. Connie says:

    Tears of joy are spilling down my cheeks. So absolutely thrilled for you. He is such a beautiful child! First thing I checked this morning on the computer. Praising God for this blessing to your family. Thank you, Lord!!!!!!

  7. Kozelek family says:

    Can’t stop the tears, praise, joy!!!!!!! It is all so amazing and God is so gracious. Thank you for the posts, we checked at 11:30 last night & right away this morning for the news. Looking forward to more updates. Praise God!!!!!

  8. Lucie says:

    I have been reading your blog for a while, but this is my first time commenting. What a wonderful moment! The 3 of them look so happy. The picture of the first moment is truly priceless. You can see the enormous emotions in Blakes’ face.The orphanage did such a great job preparing him for the change. How very thoughtful to send his art work and make a scrapbook for him. Wishing you all a wonderful transition to Tate’s new home.

    • Steph says:

      Lucie, Thank you for commenting!!! Isn’t that first photo of Blake and Tate the best??!! I look at it hundreds of times a day ;0) The orphanage did do a great job with Tate, and we feel so blessed by the love that they have given our sweet boy. Thank you for following our journey and for your well wishes!!!

  9. Georgina says:

    I too have been reading your blog for a while, but this is my first time commenting as well (I feel bad about that because I really do enjoy your posts!). I am so happy for you all and hope that Tate’s transition is smooth. It definitely got off to a great start! I’m sure seeing him so happy with Blake and Grant has eased your Mama heart. Oh, Happy Day!

    • Steph says:

      Georgina, Thank you for this comment!!! Tate’s transition is going well so far….and seeing him love his Baba so much already does my heart good, yes! We feel privileged that you are following our journey! Thank you!

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