Monday, January 24, 2011

Moving Along: Slowly, But Surely - Part 2

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Remember this post

Well, we received our little boy's birth certificate and are eagerly looking forward to receiving our little girl's birth certificate! 

 Praise the Lord!!

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~The Big Sister :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Timkat :)

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 Last year we posted very briefly on the Ethiopian holiday called Timkat (which you can find here).  So, for today, which officaly is the night of Timkat in Ethiopia we decided to post an article which explains Timkat more in depth.  :)  Enjoy!


The Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrates Epiphany on January 19. (January 20 in Leap Year.) It’s called Timkat, or Timket.

In parts of Europe and the Americas Epiphany is also known as Three Kings Day, (though no number or rank is specified in the Bible) and celebrates the visit of the Magi who bestow gifts on the baby Jesus.

In the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches however, the day commemorates Jesus’s baptism by St. John in the River Jordan.

As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” – Mark 1:10

Traditionally Christians celebrate the event twelve to fourteen days after Christmas. (Once Epiphany was the twelfth day of Christmas.) In the Ethiopian Calendar Christmas falls on December 28, or January 7 Gregorian.

Timkat/Epiphany falls on January 11th in the Ethiopian Calendar, or January 19th Gregorian.

The night before, priests take the Tabot (which symbolizes the Ark of the Covenant) containing the Ten Commandments from each Church. Concealed by an ornamental cloth, it is taken to a tent, close to a consecrated pool or stream, accompanied by much ringing of bells, blowing of trumpets and the burning of incense. ~

In Timket, Tella and Tej are brewed, special bread is baked called “Himbash” (in Tigrigna) “Ambasha” (in Amharic), and sheep are slaughtered to mark the three-day celebration. ~

While most African churches south of Egypt date only to the colonial era, Hebraic traditions and Semitic language were practiced by some Ethiopian tribes before the birth of Christ.

In fact, the Ethiopian Cathedral of Our Lady Mary of Zion, claims to hold the original Ark of the Covenant, said to have been brought to Ethiopia by Minelik, son of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, around the 9th century B.C.

The Ark’s authenticity has been impossible to verify, as only one person has access to the Ark at a time: a sacred guardian, chosen for a lifetime term by the previous guardian.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has the most extended Biblical Canon of any major church, numbering 81 sacred books. Among those writings not included by Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic churches are the books of Enoch, Esdras, and Jubilee.

Article from Everyday's a Holiday ~ Slighly Edited

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Don't you enjoy learning about different Ethiopian Holidays?
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~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Moving Along: Slowly, But Surely

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Praise the Lord!  We received our Adoption Decree!!

Now we are awaiting the Birth Certificates and Embassy.  :)

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~The Big Sister :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

2010 in Review: Looking Over the Year

January 19th ~ First Homestudy January 2nd ~ Second Homestudy 
February 9th ~ Third Homestudy
February 18th ~ Finished the Dossier
February 19th ~ Sent in the Dossier
March 9th ~ Officially on the Waiting Lists
April 9th ~ One Month Anniversary on the Waiting Lists
May 9th ~ Two Months on the Waiting Lists
June 9th ~ Two Months on the Waiting Lists
July 9th ~ Three Months on the Waiting Lists - Also the ladies at The Baby Conference in San Antonio, TX.
August 9th ~ Four Months on the Waiting Lists & Received Our Referral!
August 17th ~ Accepted Our Referral!
August 18th ~ It's Official - Mailed in Ethiopia
October 17th ~ Two Month Referral Anniversary
November 4th ~ Got Our Court Date
November 22nd ~ One Month Prep
December 16th ~ Two Days Left
December 19th ~ Daddy is Nearly There
December 21st ~ Meeting Daddy
December 22nd ~ Court Date
December 22nd ~ We Passed Court!
December 23rd ~ Daddy Safely Arrives Home

Praise the Lord for His goodness to us in 2010!!  We are eagerly looking forward to see what He has in store for us in 2011!  Praise the Lord!!

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~The Big Sister :)