Friday, December 11, 2009

-Ethiopian Natioinal Anthem-

Recently, De-De and I after looking in some books decided to listen to the National Anthem in Ethiopia. Here is a website which will play you the music and below are the words--first in Amharic and then translated in English. Above is a map of Ethiopia...

Amahrian Lyrics:
Whedefit Gesgeshi Woude Henate Ethiopia

Yäzêgennät Keber Bä-Ityopp'yachen S'änto
Tayyä Hezbawinnät Dar Eskädar Bärto.
Läsälam Läfeteh Lähezboch Näs'annat;
Bä'ekkulennät Bäfeqer Qomänal Bä'andennät.
Mäsärätä S'enu Säbe'enan Yalsharen;
Hezboch Nän Läsera Bäsera Yänoren.
Denq Yäbahel Mädräk Yä'ahuri Qers Baläbet;
Yätäfät'ro S'ägga Yä'akuri Qers Baläbet;
Ennet'äbbeqeshallän Alläbben Adära;
Ityopp'yachchen nuri Eññam Banchi Ennekura!

English Translation:
March Forward, Dear Mother Ethiopia

Respect for citizenship is strong in our Ethiopia;
National pride is seen, shining from one side to another.
For peace, for justice, for the freedom of peoples,
In equality and in love we stand united.
Firm of foundation, we do not dismiss humanness;
We are peoples who live through work.
Wonderful is the stage of tradition, mistress of proud heritage,
Mother of natural virtue, mother of a valorous people.
We shall protect you - we have a duty;
Our Ethiopia, live! And let us be proud of you!
Posted By:
~The Big Sister

Monday, December 7, 2009

Learn to Speak the Language!

One thing about Ethiopia that I thought was really interesting is the official language spoken in Ethiopia: The official language in Ethiopia is Amharic. It is related to both Hebrew and Arabic and has some words not found in the English Language. Below is a picture (I found in one of the books we brought home from the library) with a few words in Amharic:

Dähna Huňi!

Posted By:
The Big Sister

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ethiopia Facts

Here are some facts I learned about Ethiopia:

~The area of Ethiopia is about 472,000 square miles or 1.2 square million kilometers which is almost twice the size of Texas!

~Ethiopia has a population of over 60 million people.

~The name of Ethiopia's capital is "Addis Ababa". It means "New Flower".

~Ethiopia uses a lot of spices. Their foods are some of the spiciest in Africa.

~The official language in Ethiopia is Amharic. It is related to both Hebrew and Arabic and has some words not found in the English Language.

~Money in Ethiopia is called a "Birr". A Birr is divded into 100 cents.

~Ethiopia has a National Bread called: "Injera". It is a soft, pancake like bread made from a native grain called: "teff".

~The word "coffee" may have come from a region in Ethiopia known as Kaffa. It is in that region where many people think coffee bushes first started growing.

~Sometimes Ethiopians enjoy eating popcorn with their coffee!

~Ethiopia's National Flag is stripped green, yellow, and red. The green stripe is for land and hope, yellow stands for church, and red is for power and faith. In the center of the flag is a star with rays all the same length. This shows that all of the Ethiopians are equal. The color of blue behind the star stands for peace and democracy.

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The Big Sister :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

CFA Adoption Banquet

Good Evening Friends,

Mommy wanted me to get this blog going a bit more as we are going on with this adoption process. For those of you who remember this post Mommy mentioned that we would be posting some pictures from the CFA Adoption Banquet. We listened to a wonderful speaker from Colorado and enjoyed the evening immensely! Perhaps you will join us next year?

Enjoy the pictures!

Posted By:

The Big Sister

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Praising the Lord Today!

Why are we praising the Lord today?

We sent our application in to IAN...

and we can't wait to see how He is going to lead us in this adoption process!Below: Bethany on her birthday with Mommy the day we sent in the application!

Posted By:

The Big Sister

National Adoption Day~November 21st

Hello And Blessings to you all!
We just returned home from a wonderful Adoption Banquet put on by our home study agency (which is, by the way, "Christian Family Adoptions"). The girls will be posting pictures soon but suffice it to say that we were blessed beyond measure.... encouraged by other Christians... and challenged by the Living God! The awesome thing about the experience was that the banquet itself, which was on November 21st, took place on my Dad's birthday. (My dad was himself adopted.) What a delightful evening.... and like I said.... pictures to follow soon!
Momma Cynthia

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Working hard on our paper work!!

Whew!! There sure is a lot of paperwork!! But-- the Lord is so faithful and we are making headway! More updates to follow soon so please keep us in your prayers as we follow our Savior and Lord Jesus!
~Momma Cynthia

Thursday, October 29, 2009


We are waist deep in paper work!! We had the first set of several finger prints done at the police station today.... and we are praying for whomever the Lord puts in our family! Please join us in prayer for all of the leg work!
Thank you!
God Bless!
The Mother

Friday, October 16, 2009


Judah said.... "I want a teeny tiny baby becu I a big big bu-bu!!"
Posted by the Momma

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Safely To Arrive At Home

The verse of the hymn Come Thou Fount which this blog is named after:
"Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home."
-Come Thou Fount
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The First Big Sister