Your Prayers Have Been Answered: Another Blog
by Jen Hatmaker on July 1st, 2011

I was recently ruminating on the problems of this broken earth – poverty, orphans, homelessness, oppression – and after thinking many deep thoughts and pondering many possible solutions, I concluded: “You know what this world needs? Another blog. Not enough people are saying stuff.”


Anyhow, whatever. I’ve been writing plenty of stuff that no one reads for some time now, so what is one more tiny little blog launched into the blogosphere? Plus, I have a real reason: orphans. (Don’t you feel bad for rolling your eyes now? You’re forgiven. And I’ll pray for you.)

In addition to all my important writing on orphan care, I suspect a handful of other topics might sneak in, essential things like my training for So You Think You Can Dance reenactments with my friends and pictures of sandwiches. I’m very deep, yall.

Now I know several of you have popped over here because you heard about our adoption saga in Ethiopia. If you’ve not been lucky enough to be my Facebook friend for the last two years (missing riveting posts like “Dear Laundry, I hate you. I mean, I really hate you. I wish you were dead”), I’ve included some FB notes below as blog posts that should catch you up to speed on our adoption, the highs and lows, the recent developments, and the Love Ben campaign.

We have managed to get the two cutest kids in Ethiopia as our next two family members, and we’ll be bringing one of them home three weeks from today. Look at this face and tell me she isn’t so adorable that it makes you want to throw up:

I have in my possession Moroccan Oil, Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercream, and four varieties of combs so that my little Baby Love does not end up looking like this (and kindly note the naked baby I sent her draped carelessly over her arm):

As for our handsome boy, we are in a real struggle for him. Brandon and I have rolled up our sleeves and said, “BRING IT ON.” We’re not even playing. Ben may be left behind on this next trip, but he will know he is loved, I guaran-darn-tee you that. For every person who has joined Love Ben, we say “thank you” from the bottom of our hearts and you all deserve cash prizes. Because how can THIS not help?

Anyways, if you would like to join the Love Ben campaign, make a poster, take a digital picture of your people holding it, and send it to me at [email protected] Related: I am certainly the last living human on AOL. My account regularly gets hacked and sends out poorly worded solicitations like this gem last week: “Goodday!!! We wish to inform you that your overdue payment has be scheduled to pay to you through certified ATM Card which you will be only required to proceed to any ATM Cash Point to withdraw $50,000 per day till your complete payment fund are completed.”

You’re welcome, everyone.

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andrew - July 1st, 2011 at 4:39 PM
I have happily added your blog to my RSS feed, so I will be able to read your work in between Notre Dame football news and looking at awkward family photos. You're in select company.
[email protected] - July 1st, 2011 at 4:50 PM
Dude. DUDE. I'm excited to the point where I should be embarrassed (but I'm not) that you are blogging. Your FB updates are awesome. Can't wait to see the extended version here.
Nicole White - July 1st, 2011 at 5:55 PM
I cannot tell you how many times I have read your funny FB posts and thought "I wish she had a blog...." Great, now I need a new thing to wish for!

I am funny, too. Pls read this post as evidence:

Keep writing and I promise to keep reading.
Jodi Strock - July 1st, 2011 at 10:17 PM
You are in fact correct that I came to this blog so I could figure out what was going on with Ben -- meaning I didn't understand what the origin was and why he wasn't moving home with you. However, I am also very excited to see pictures of sandwiches. Just not with pesto. Pesto doesn't photograph well. Bye-bye!
Rachel Miller - July 1st, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Love that this blog exists! Morraccan Oil is the best and a must-have here in the Miller house!!! That pic of her with her baby is honestly to precious, one of my favs! She is absolutely gorgeous! Glad we can stalk you somewhere else to you guys! LOVE BEN!
Eryn Creusere - July 1st, 2011 at 11:49 PM
I am so excited you're blogging! I'm a newbie to it myself and I'm crazy and now everyone can read about it. I've been praying for Ben
Amanda - July 2nd, 2011 at 12:02 AM
I'm so happy right now!
Marolyn - July 2nd, 2011 at 8:51 AM
I've got you book marked and will be checking it regularly for new updates! Keep writing!!! We are loving and praying for Ben to come home soon!
Missy @ it's almost naptime - July 2nd, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Katie @ Imperfect People - July 3rd, 2011 at 8:42 PM
Hello, I am offically you newest stalker. I am also a "wii just dance champion and a gardener" I LOVE this blog and LOVE your heart for the Lord.
becki francy - July 4th, 2011 at 10:50 PM
I am going to need you to daily update this so every night before bed, I wake my husband up in his "almost sleep" with my snickers....and then re-read snippets of funnies! You are a riot and I LOVE your heart....praying for Beniam.
Laurie @ Beauty Divine - July 6th, 2011 at 1:31 PM
Hooray for the new blog! I LOVE your books and your sense of humor wisdom. I so remember looking up your website awhile ago in hopes that you had a blog and leaving so depressed when you didn't. I'm loving it so far and praying for your fam and Beniam!
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