Today we met the girls and they are absolutely gorgeous!! I love them to pieces! We told Josiah that we were going to go get Selam and Fikir and he jumped and said in his squeaky little voice " Selam-Fikir???" (one word to him :) He then ran to get his little backpack and tried to open the hotel door to go get them. It was precious. We drove up to the foster house and they made us wait about 15 minutes to meet them because they were still eating upstairs. Josiah had fallen asleep on the sofa in the 'waiting room' and was very excited to see his sisters when he woke up. Keren acted as if she'd known us forever but Keziah, sheesh. It was pretty funny because we thought she was smiling at us. Turns out it was a 'pre-cry smile' followed by a wail. The caregiver took her back for a minute and calmed her down for us, ever since then she has been the happiest, smiliest little girl you ever did see.
After the meeting, we got to go upstairs and see all of the precious babies!! Oh my goodness, they are all soooooo cute!! I wish I could move to Ethiopia and just work in the baby house, or in any of the orphanages for that matter... in fact, maybe I will :) It was awesome and I got to hold tons of precious little ones that I hope will be referred to you all soon! Afterwards, we went to this Italian place and had some weird pizza (pita bread with salami) and headed back to the hotel to rest and hang out with the new babies! A few hours later we went to the older kids foster house and what an emotional time that was! Josiah best friend, Nati, came running up to us and hugged Josiah and they walked around with their arms around each other. After a few minutes of being there, Josiah decide he did not want to be there anymore. I think he thought we were going to leave him so he burst into tears. Poor baby! If only you knew how much we went through to get you! There is NO way we are gonna leave you anywhere :) We then went to Layla House to see the Falchooks kids! It was an amazing time. We were absolutely exhausted so we ate at he Hilton and went to bed early...or late for us. I actually adjusted to the time really well going there and coming home. I just got really sick. I think my immune system freaked. My first time out of the country except Canada AND Texas :) which don't exactly count, I go to Africa. It definitely freaked. We are all healthy now though, for a while hopefully. That is one of the pains of big families. You start the cold and get healthy while it goes around to everyone and then you get it again!! The never ending circle of sickness. Ahh, oh well, there are more joys than pains so we shall continue to be sick... its worth it!
Merry CHRISTmas to all!
I love Jesus Christ with all my heart. For reasons that I will never understand, He died to save me from my sins. I love Him because He first loved me. He says in Matthew 25:40 that He is "the least of these." He is the orphan and the widow and the poor and the hungry. I love Him and want to serve Him through serving the least.I have 8 siblings; 2 biological, 5 adopted, and one "unofficially adopted". Adoption has opened my eyes and changed my heart forever.
I have a new passion and what I have seen has broken me and changed my heart.
This started out as a journal of my trip to Ethiopia to bring home my 3 newest siblings but it has turned into much more. God has started me and my family on a whole new journey and it's crazy, exciting, hard and just plain God. Since we started adopting 6 years ago, God has taken me to Africa, China and Guatemala to care for and visit orphans. God has taught me so much through serving them and getting to know them and I hope to be able to give as much to them as they have to me.