Tuesday, February 10, 2009


So I have not slept past 4am any day that we have been home. Geta and Tamene are having a hard time adjusting to this new timezone. However, the warm weather (clearly brought back by us when we left the equator... no thanks necessary!) has been wonderful. We took advantage of the beautiful day and walked over to Trinity to collect Courtney from school. Geta and Tamene were a little nervous when 10 of Courtney's classmates spotted us waiting and came to visit. But they handled it beautifully and took it all in stride. Courtney finally showed up (imagine her being the last one out of the locker room...). Then all was better.

Tamene walked the whole way from our house to Trinity and back. He has actually lost 2 pounds since he has been home (and that is not from lack of eating!) I think he needs to get some good exercise!!

So here is a quick synopsis of our time at home: Geta eats NOTHING that she isn't sure she likes. But we have expanded from only liking Life Cereal to adding Peanut Butter and apples (minus the skin) to our diet. We have had several tantrums (which I am very glad to see since it means we are releasing energy and fear). I, as a mother, can't believe I am saying that and putting it in writing! But it is something I worried about. Our youngest kids have been through so much and I was very afraid that they would cope by hiding their emotion. Well, I am here to tell you, they are not coping in this particular way! But thank God for that!!

I will end with a wonderful video of Tamene listening to some Ethiopian kids music. Where did he get his moves? I, as his very proud mother, am convinced it is natural talent!

Thank you for your continued love and support. I feel so blest to have so many people praying for us. At this particular moment, that is what we need most!

Please say a prayer for their biological father and siblings also. While we have recieved this wonderful gift of Geta and Tamene, they still struggle back in Ethiopia. Having met their birth father, I can't possibly look in their eyes without thinking of him. They look soooo much alike. He said that we were the answers to his prayers and I can't help but think that if we sent tons of prayers his way that God would bless him by making life just a little easier for him.

More later (after I get used to life with a toddler again....)


  1. I've watched this video at least 5 times this morning...what a great way to start the day! Welcome home to all of you!
    Julia B.

  2. What an adorable little dance! He is such a cutie and looks so happy! I am glad you are home and everyone is adjusting!

  3. Hooray for tantrums, warm weather, and dancing boys! We're thinking of you all.

  4. Good moves! Welcome home to you all. I was wondering how things were going. Ray misses talking to you guys!

  5. So glad you guys are back safe and sound with your incredible new additions. I have followed your Ethiopia journey carefully, being only a couple of weeks behind you (we leave the 21st-28th). We can't wait to meet you at the next get-together. Blessings! (And praying right now for some increased sleep blessings!!!)