these boots

These boots are made for walking, maybe even hiking with your pops in the mountains. Or helping your dad shovel snow in the winter. Yes, snow. We’ll explain that one when you get here. It will be so fun to take you sledding down the big hill at the park nearby. We can hear and see the kids from our back porch when it snows. Can’t wait to introduce you to snow! Wow! Not sure why I’m thinking about winter in the middle of summertime! I guess it’s because I really liked these boots and I can picture them on your little feet. Talk to ya later, little dude. Have a good day.


ethiopian connections

Hello dear. How are you? I hope you are well. This week has been full of Ethiopian connections for me. A friend of mine, named Ali, was in a store looking at jewelry. She asked about a particular bracelet and the nice man said it was made in Ethiopia. She said she had to get it for me, and so she did! How thoughtful! Now I’m wearing a beautiful golden heart shaped bracelet and thinking of you…thanks Ali! I was at the park this week with friends and a lovely gal named Bethany caught wind that we were adopting from Ethiopia. She was just there a month ago. I got to see all of her photos from her trip and talk about your culture with her. It was great! And last Sunday I met Salem and Tsega. Did I already tell you about them? They are darling Ethiopian gals that go to our church, adopted just a year ago. Another friend at church named Charity told me of another couple in our church adopting from Ethiopia, so I will have to get in touch with them. And lastly as I sat down with my prayer partner in the prayer chapel at the end of church today and she was talking about the Blue Nile, the local Ethiopian restaurant. I also got to think of you as the 20 (or so) thoughtful people asked me how the adoption process was going. So, don’t worry you are on my mind, k?

P.S. No Immigration paper yet. They said it should come in 2-4 weeks, and tomorrow starts the 4th week. Run faster mailman, faster!

be still

i took this backpacking 5 years ago in the colorado mts

Our pastor talked about being still before God last week at church. It has been very good to think about that this week. Be still. And know that I am God. I have found it quite nice to sit quietly in the living room on the sofa, a place where I usually hear the background of the TV, but not this week. I sat and was still. Probably not for long enough. But it was good.

I’m not even sure if this concept makes sense to you. If you are little, like I imagine you are, this “being still” idea probably only makes sense if you are satisfied. (aka not hungry or poopy.) Don’t worry about it, someday I’ll teach you about the concept and we can work on it together.

No mailman yet. I mean, he’s bringing stuff but not the right stuff. You know. The real deal paper that I eagerly seek as I get home from work each evening. I know it will come. And so will you.

Good night little monkey,


P.S. I painted your closet door parakeet green yesterday. The door frame too. The rest of the room is light blue with white crown molding. I think you will like it. Good night.

Grandpa, and Grand he is…

So here he is, Grandpa Jones. He is my dad and one of your new grandfathers. He runs, jumps, soars and saves. Okay not really soars, but he is one of the best men you will ever meet in your days, and has, I believe, the greatest wife along his side every step of the way. You are a lucky guy son, come and join the club…
Happy Father’s Day Dad, your family loves you today

Ben Iman (Grandpa Ben)

Happy Father’s Day Dad!
Thanks for…

… teaching me how to aim that gun.

…for talking with me on the porch.

…for the wonderful family vacations to the mountains, to the beaches, to the historical places, and most recently to the depths of the ocean scuba diving in paradise. I love our family vacations!

…thanks for giving me to Michael that day, almost 4 years ago…I was hesitant that you were going to follow through b/c I remember you saying “sure you want to go ahead with this…” as we walked down the isle ! I know this was hard for you, but I’m pretty sure you would agree that that there wouldn’t be anyone else you would rather have given me to than Michael.

And lastly, thanks for being such a rad husband to mom. Your deep love for her has truly blessed me. You care for her, laugh with her, and spoil her quite well. Well done dad!

You have taught me more than you know. I always think of you as I try to remember someone’s name, because there is not a name you forget. Thank you for being such a wise and caring father. I love you dad! – Kristyn Lee

a small space

Hey there kiddo. Your room is quite small, but that will not limit it from being very cool, okay? I’m starting to generate ideas for how this can be a very good space for you. I may even have your dad convinced that we should do some demo this weekend. We have a small house and a lovely roommate, so my wheels are turning as to how we can be very efficient with the space we have been given. And I love a good design challenge. If you have any info you want to send my way, tell your caretaker to shoot me an email…like…your fav color…African animals that you like…etc.

Mr. Mailman

Dear Mister Mailman,

You see, we are looking for a piece of mail. I don’t want to sound proud, but this could probably be the most important package in your history of mail carrying. If you see a white envelope to the Joneses, you know, us Joneses on Liberty Street, yes, us…it’s that envelope that will allow us to bring our adopted son home from Africa. It is the piece of paper in that white envelope that will bring him through the security gates to the US of A with us. Now that you know the importance, would you mind getting it here a few days, hours, or even minutes earlier than you normally would. And sometimes our mail ends up at the other Joneses house. Yes, the Joneses that live in the little orange house that we resided in a couple of years ago. Will you please make sure that this white envelope doe not end up in their mailbox?

Son, this paper that I speak of is the last thing that we need to wrap up our dossier. It is the I-171 from the US Immigration Services. It will say something like, “Approved, you are approved, you may bring that little fellow back home with you. He is a US Citizen now.” Will you have dual citizenship? I’ll find out for you. We will get this paper and turn it in with our entire dossier (6 months of gathered documents) to our adoption agency for their final review. Then we send it off to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. And anywhere from August to next May we wait for the real deal email. The one that introduces you to us. That is the day we are really waiting for.

Peace out boy scout, and good night.