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 :)