Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Remembering June 27, 2011

3 months ago, we stepped off a plane in the morning hours at Bole airport, Addis Ababa. I remember walking out to the parking lot and breathing, smelling, hearing, tasting, seeing, and feeling that overwhelming sense that was unmistakably, ETHIOPIA. The day we had been dreaming and praying to come to pass for over 22 months was finally before us!!! We made our way through the city to our guest house and actually managed to shower, prepare 2 cribs, hang up their clothes, organize food, and unpack ourselves.

It was with much joy, excitement, fear, uncertainty, a strong sense of calling, and being led by the Holy Spirit that we got into our agency van and headed to the orphanage that afternoon. Being reunited with our children was sweet indeed. There was also a tremendous heaviness in our hearts, knowing that we were taking these children away from everything familiar to them, the faces they trusted and loved, and into a very scarey new world for a 10 month old and 3 year old to have to adjust to. But, we knew that them joining our family was SO right and had been God's work, so we walked in obedience. And we of course were thrilled in our hearts to finally have these 2 children to call our own!

3 months later, I can sit here and take a deep breath, reflecting on all God's done, and simply be amazed. Transition has and will continue to come, surrounded on all sides by the grace of God. These first few months have had many challenges and great joys...ups and downs...and everything in between. Each day has been a gift. I'm really looking forward to our next 3 months together! Especially with the arrival of the wonderful season of autumn:)...beautiful leaves, cold weather, sweatshirts, fairs, campfires, long walks, football, Thanksgiving, baking, pumpkins, apples, and the start of the Christmas season!

Here are some pics from us receiving the gifts of our children on June 27, 2011 at the Tikuret Chilcare Center.
Hadassah's crib all ready to go...all it needs is HER!
Here we are, just moments before our children were brought down the stairs and placed in our arms forever. I don't think I've ever been so excited and nervous all at the same time!
Here they come! It's such a precious memory to me that Sister Asayech was the one who gave them to us. She's the head of Tikuret and a dear woman possessing an amazing love for these children.
Malachi saw his daddy and ran straight for his arms. Such a picture of us with our Heavenly Father.
Just enjoying the moment...together.
Walking out of the orphanage with our 2 precious bundles. (Side note, we LOVE our Ergos!)
First order of business back at the guest house for Malachi. This makes it look like he's potty-trained, he's not;).
And for this girl it was nap time. 2 empty beds left at the orphanage and pure joy at the sight of our children in these beds and even more so, in our hearts, having been prepared specifically for each of them! 


  1. Hello! Love reading your blog, and following your journey. We brought our daughter home from Ethiopia on August 26th. She'll be one in November. We actually live in Lancaster as well, and I would LOVE to get our families together. My email address is gregandrebekah@hotmail.com. Blessings to you!

  2. I love Gotcha Day stories...such a precious memory!

  3. Such a great post! I love love love our Ergo as well! It was very special that she was the one who brought the children out to you! I can feel all the emotions of the day as I read this!
    Love, JO