Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Orphan Sunday Movie

The Lord Defended, Found, Adopted, Rescued, and Loved us while we were yet sinners...



And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  ~Matthew 25:30

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

6 month Post Placement

Havilah, Ben, & Judah

Today, is our 6 month Post Placement meeting~ it doesn't seem like it's been that long since Havilah and Benjamin came home!!

Jordan, Eden, Benjamin, Shiloh, Mommy, Havilah, Daddy, Judah, and Bethany.

It's been so wonderful to be able to be apart of my younger siblings' lives as I watch them grow and learn more each and every day.  The pictures that I'm posting are some of the ones that we have chosen to be part of our 6 month picture report.  Please be praying that our meeting today goes smoothly!

Our "Littles"
15 passenger vans are fun (to rent) ~ All 7 of us



We really appreciate all of you who have prayed for us along this journey of adoption.  Most of all we are thankful to Lord for His greatness and goodness to our family.  We pray that we might shine His light through us!

Posted By: The Big Sister :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Another Birthday...

Happy Birthday, Havilah!!!
Havilah in Ethiopia | August 2010


Havilah safely Home | August 2011

Read Havilah's birthday post, here

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

1 Year Referral Anniversary!

Mitin, Jordan, Havilah, Daddy, Benjamin, & Sister in Ethiopia ~ 2011
Last year today, we received a Referral unique to our family from our adoption agency.  Here is the announcement on their blog of our referral.

Today, as I wash dishes with my dear little sister, I stand amazed at the Lord's goodness and grace.  It is amazing to watch my new siblings-- first being providently picked out for us, adopted and grafted into our family as I realize that I have been adopted and am grafted into the Lord's family by His grace!

Someday Havilah and Benjamin will see how blessed they are to be able to be in a family that absolutely loves and cherishes them!  Today, I realize how blessed I am to be able to call the Lord my Abba, Father (Romans 8:15).

Benjamin Abezu
 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. ~Galatians 4:5

Havilah Tirfe
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 
~Ephesians 1:5-6

Thank you, Jesus for giving us Havilah and Benjamin~ and for grating them into our family!!

Behold, children are an heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
~Psalm 127:3

Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)


Related Posts: Prayer | August 9, 2010

Monday, June 20, 2011

Calling All Adoptive Daughters & Moms!!


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The purpose of this blog (braidsandbeyond.wordpress.com) is to document my journey of learning how to do and take care of my younger sister’s lovely, curly hair as well as encourage other young ladies (and moms!) in learning more about extremely, curly hair! 

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Happy Braiding........... and beyond :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hair :)

In my spare time I've been working on learning how to do Havilah's hair!  :)  At first her hair was extremely hard to brush out, but now with a little extra TLC she and I both brush it out morning and night and I think it's doing great!

Right now we are working on a better schedule to actually wash her hair, but with Havilah's type of hair it's not necessary to wash daily...  Here's what we do (currently):



1) In the morning or in the evening after her shower- I spray on Mane 'n Tail's detangler and let Havilah brush her hair with a pick (Quick Tip: I actually bought a few picks at the Dollar Store and they work fine!).

2) Next I put some coconut oil on my hands and gently rub it into her hair.  Havilah continues to use the pick and I use a detangler comb (I also got this at the Dollar Store!) to help brush out her hair.

3) Later I just use a normal comb to part her hair, if needed.  :)


I think my results have turned out quite well!  Although I still need to work on vertical lines as far as the parts go!  :)

First Try at Braiding


While I work on her hair (which takes about 30 minutes) Havilah reads a picture book and often reads it aloud to me. :)  Finally, when we're all done we look in the mirror together and then run off to show Mommy.  :) 

Results are improving!!

Do you have any hair tips you'd like to share?

Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)


P.S. This post should have been posted ages ago!  :)  I've decided to make this subject a series of future posts-- so I'll try to post more tips in the future that I've been learning (and pictures of the results too!)!  :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He Passed Over!

On Saturday, Havilah and Benjamin had their first Passover Seder!!


Here is a list of the Passover blessings, first in Hebrew and then translated to English:

During the Seder each of us four eldest children (that can read! ;))...  asked the four questions:

1) Why is it that on all other nights during the year we eat either bread or matzoh, but on this night we eat only matzoh?

2) Why is it that on all other nights we eat all kinds of herbs, but on this night we eat only bitter herbs?

3) Why is it that on all other nights we do not dip our herbs even once, but on this night we dip them twice?

4) Why is it that on all other nights we eat either sitting or reclining, but on this night we eat in a reclining position?

After we asked the questions, Daddy read us the whole "Passover Story" from the Bible-- in the book of Exodus!

We Thank the Lord that He became our Passover Lamb!

Happy Passover!!

Read Bethany's full length post (with extra pictures!!)-- here.  :)

Posted By: Shiloh




Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Coloring Time!

Eden was such a blessing to our family during chicken pox time!

In this picture only Havilah has it, but everyone mingled the entire time so we always had the "three littles" with us!  ;-)

Now it's our turn to be a blessing to De-De 'cause she has chicken pox!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Chicken Pox, Ringworm, & Sinuses- Oh My!

Hey All!

We've been having just a "lovely" time together exposing each other over and over again with chicken pox, sharing ringworm, and enjoying sinus infections!  How exciting can life get?

 Here's our "Boo Boo Bunny Report" of the week!

Chicken Pox Epidemics

Benjamin- DONE! | Moderate Case
Havilah- Day 5 | Bad Case
Jordan- Day 4 | Moderate Case
Judah- Day 2 | Currently Moderate Case
As more cases come in....  Updates will follow!

Ringworm Outbreaks

Benjamin- Head & Body | Treatment in Process
Havilah- Head & Body | Treatment in Process
Judah- Face | Treating Day 5
Shiloh- Arm | Treating Day 2


"Ooo my sinuses!"

Sinus Infection Cases

Bethany- Treating Day 4 | Moderate
Eden- Treating Day 2 | Moderate

But all in all, we are so excited because we have some great friends who want to come over and join us in the midst of "itching folks", "apple cider vinegar sinuses", and "nail-polished ringworm"!!

Stay tuned to our EFF blog for an update on the Pox Party!


P.S. Our ringworm and chicken pox is very special!  We can trace it all the way back to Ethiopia!  Imagine that!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Baby Brother and Big Brother...

Who could ask for more?

Big Brother absolutely adores Baby Brother because -- well he's "his baby brother"!!

and....

Baby Brother adores Big Brother because--- he thinks Big Brother is his baby brother!

Watching these two interact is quite interesting!

Stay tuned for another picture of Big Brother & Baby Brother.  ;-)


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Family Pictures :)

Here are some photos from the pass week!  Enjoy!  :)

 Mommy and the "Littles"....  Don't you just love the effect the duster adds to the picture? ;)


Here's Bethany, De-De, and Havilah-- all enjoying a ride in the back of the car.  :)

Judah, Benjamin, Shiloh, & Havilah
--
Here I am with all the youngest ones again! 
We went out shopping for shoes, but sadly couldn't find any!  Oh well, at least we have nice friends who found some in their garage that will do for now...

Posted By:
~The Big Sister

Monday, March 14, 2011

Safely Home~

We'd like to introduce you to.......

Havilah Tirfe


Benjamin Abezu


We are so happy to finally welcome our little ones safely home....

Over the next few weeks we will try to post more pictures and also share some of the adoption trip in words to you all!

For those of you who knew, Thank you for your prayers about our electricity!!  (For those of you who did not know)- after a large storm here we lost all electricity and water shortly before we left to pick up Daddy, Jordan, Havilah, and Benjamin from the airport.  Last night we stayed in a nearby hotel and this afternoon the general electric company fixed the outage.  Praise the Lord!  He is all sufficient!!

Havilah and Benjamin are bonding well with our family!  They already know all the family members' names and call Daddy, "Ababa".  Thankfully, we are able to communicate well through the few Amharic words we know, the few English words they know, and of course...  head nods.  Yes and no are pretty universal!  :)

Thank you, all for your prayers, as we have gone through this adoption!!


"Zitezerebkayo Kelem...Ziregeskayo LemLem Yigberelka."
-An Ethiopian Blessings/Proverb

Translation: "May your words be as ink and your steps be upon green pastures."

Love,

Shiloh & Benjamin (who is currently sitting in my lap singing in Amharic & Talking!)...  :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Due Date

Photo Credit: Google
Today, it the due date!  The day when all of us ladies here at home will bundle up and hop in the car to welcome home Daddy, Jordan, H, & B!!!!  We are so excited!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

On Their Way Home~

Hello Everyone!

Here's an update from Mommy!!!


Please pray for Ken and Jordan and T. and A. as they make their long 1 1/2 day trek around the world and back home! Pray for stamina, health, sweet spirited little ones who want to sleep the whole trip (!) and for safety! Thanks so much for praying us through.

At home the girls and Judah and I are getting ready for their return. Of course, we would love to pray for you! Let us know how we can!


In Christ,

Cindy for the Family

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Embassy!

 

American Embassy Logo|Photo Credit: Google

Tonight (Tuesday) or Today (Wednesday in Ethiopia) is our Embassy date!

Lord willing we will know more in the morning if we are able to Skype the men!

Thank you for your prayers!!

Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Meeting Them For the First Time!

We just met our little ones for the first time (over Skype)!  :)  Little A. sat very quietly and looked quite shocked at all the smiling faces in the computer.  Jordan said that, that was the first time he had seen a computer!  Miss T. smiled, waved, sang the ABCs, and said everyones' names!

Jordan updated us on their personailities....  Little A. ate a ton last night and Miss T. likes jumping on the beds.  Hmmm.... sounds like a certain person at our home....(Family joke).  ;)  She likes to color too! 

The little ones call Daddy "Ababa" which of course (if you remember from your Bible) means Father!  Addis Ababa means "New Father".  What a perfect place for them to be staying-- in New Father with their new father!

Little A. looked at the computer every time we called his name and Miss T. loved Daddy's hair.  Daddy says his hair is a "hit"!

For now the ladies here in the States are preparing to go ice-skating (for the first time in about 6-7 years!  Should be very interesting....  Bethany's been posting here) and the rest of the family in Ethiopia is sleeping!  Lord willing we will be able to Skype with them again tonight!

We finished up the Skype session by singing the Doxology all together as a family of 9~ what a blessing!

I'd love to share a photo, but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to do so online just yet....  So check back later!

Blessings!
~The Big Sister :)

Safe Arrival

In Addis Ababa on Skype
Mommy was able to skype Jordan and Daddy last night!  They arrived safely in Addis Ababa and had a great flight!  After this skype session they went off for a bite to eat and then headed to the Care Center.....  which means that two children......  :) 

Tune in later for more updates!

Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

So Long!


We said our goodbyes to Daddy & Jordan yesterday as they departed for their first leg of the trip.  Tonight they leave for a red-eye flight to Washington DC and then to Addis Ababa-- the destination!

Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Packing, Packing, and More Packing!!


As you can imagine we've packing today.... a lot! 

 Daddy and Jordan leave tomorrow afternoon!

And today we spend the last day as a family of 7...  :)

Enjoy the pictures!!


The Supply Pack & The Children's Pack

Something that one must pack-- especially for your hungry men!!


Our youngest and of course most adorable helper!  :)

Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Count Down Begins!

And so the Official Count Down begins today!


Lilypie Countdown to Adoption tickers



9 Days till our Embassy Date
 
&
 
13 Days till They Come Home!
 
Posted By:
~The Big Sister :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This is Ethiopia~

Daddy took these two pictures right out of his window at the Hilton where he was staying in Ethiopia~

Homes
This picture shows more of the city of Addis Ababa~
More of the City
Here in America....  we have much to be Thankful for!!