Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Please pray for Jonathan and I as we try to make the best decision for her…
Honestly, this waiting is getting to be very hard.
Please pray for our little girl and that she understands we will be back as soon as possible. We received notification today that she has an upper respiratory tract and an ear infection : ( We wish we could be there to help her feel better.
Thank you for your continued thoughts, support, and prayers.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
When I was getting ready to go into Junior High (so I was about 13 years old), I begged and pleaded with my mom to let me get an EastPak book bag. At that time, Jansport and EastPak were very popular and “everyone else was getting one,” so I deserved one too : )
Money tended to be tight in our household, but my mom finally gave in. I forget exactly how much we paid, but it was around $40 – 50, which was a lot for a book bag. I will never forget my mom telling me that I could have it, BUT I was going to use it for a long time. She wanted to get her money’s worth for it.
Well, I used that book bag all through junior high and high school, which I thought was pretty good. When I began my first year of college, I decided it was time to get a new, more stylish bag. I got one, but literally within 2 – 3 days, the strap on my new bag broke, so I went back to the EastPak : ) That bag was so faithful, I used it all the way through graduate school!
At one point, I gave it to my brother-in-law to use, but something (I cannot remember what) came up and I had to get it back. Now, here we are nearly 17 years later and I am still using that silly bag. I took it as my carry-on for our first trip to Africa and plan to take it again on the 2nd : )
I definitely think my mom got her money’s worth out of it!!
As I sit here and think about that (now family joke) memory of my mom and the values that she taught me, I pray that I can provide my own daughter with those same life lessons and laughs.
Thanks, mom, for always being the best! I cannot wait to see the memories you provide for Birtukan : )
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
We have also been working on her room some more…
And getting other areas of the house more kid friendly…
Sunday, August 12, 2012
After nearly 30 hours of travel, we made it back home to Illinois late last night. It felt so good to sleep in our own bed and see our “sweet kitties” but we are painfully aware that we are one family member short. It helps to know that she is well cared for, though, and we just continue to pray that USCIS and Embassy work closely and quickly to help us bring her home soon.
We do feel like we have a thousand things to do, though, while we wait for her. Hopefully that list will help to pass the time while we wait : )
Thank you, again, for your continued support and prayers. It means so much to us and our family.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
This morning we had an opportunity to go shopping. We found some neat things! According to our guides, the prices were fair, so we had to do very little bartering (thank goodness!).
We then went to lunch and then to the U.S. Embassy to get a document notarized, so we only had a couple of hours at the transition home. Birtukan, again, recognized us as soon as we got out of the van and seemed to enjoy her time with us : )
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
She and Jonathan read a book together – she repeated each animal’s name after he said it – and ether repeated or giggled at the animal sounds : )
…especially when she gets to wear them!
She is a very active little girl –
loves playing games with daddy : )
She is a very active little girl – loves playing games with daddy : )
Monday, August 6, 2012
By the end of the first few hours, she stopped playing a game with us and kind of went to the side and sat. Jonathan noticed she began to cry softly. We went and sat close to her and I said, “come sit on mommy’s lap” with gestures, to which she quickly responded and sat quietly for at least 30 minutes. We never did figure out what made her sad, but we thank God she felt comfortable coming to us when it did! Hopefully this was a good bonding experience, as we snuggled together.
We then had to leave for lunch but came back for another few hours. This time we got out the blanket and sat together – we colored, we played with play-doh, and we worked on a puzzle. She also discovered our umbrella and played with that for quite some time : )
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Jonathan and I both slept through the night and seem to be transitioning well to the time difference. That was a blessing in and of itself since today was such a big day.
Saturday, August 4, 2012