Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Day 6 - Wednesday

This morning we picked up our girls from the orphanage for keeps. They'll be with us all day for now on.

When we arrived at the orphanage there were 30+ kids sitting along the outside of the building in anticipation of our arrival. When the guard opened the gate and they saw our taxi van, a few began chanting "NET-SA-NET, NET-SA-NET". Our feet barely hit the pavement before Neti came running out of the building and greet us with a big hug. Meke wasn't too far behind. They were all smiles and giggles. This all happened before we could arm our cameras.

This begins a new chapter in our lives. Rhonda and I are finding joy in the littlest things. Our first meal together at the Blue Top Restaurant was so much fun. We found out, for instance, that our younger girls can way out-eat our older ones. Neti and Meke began feeding Bethany and Kailey - a sign of love and affection in the Ethiopian culture. Meke isn't as shy as we thought. Neti has the cutest giggle. Kailey has become quite adept at her new role as big sister. Bethany is always responsible as the oldest sister should be. Meke likes to dip her bread in Coca Cola.

I'm finding myself soaking this all in. I'm watching all my girls with new eyes. This whole process of adoption has changed me. I'm noticing things about the people I love that I haven't seen before. I'm living in the moment.


At 10:34 AM , Blogger Mom of 5 said...

It changed every aspect of our life.
You are a different person in so many different ways.
Thanks for sharing your journey. Your family is beautiful.

At 11:05 AM , Blogger Michelle said...

Congratulations on this next milestone! I can only imagine the joy you must be feeling. Love you all!

At 11:27 AM , Anonymous KellyYak said...

Does this mean Kailey is evicted from the crack? Or did you get more beds?

At 12:16 PM , Blogger Dave said...

I have a feeling that this whole wonderful week and new world with your new daughters will not only change you all, but those of us who know and love you guys. This is SUCH clear evidence of the blessings that come from obeying God--and which will hopefully challenge all of us to not seek a comfortable life, but to acknowledge that Jesus actually meant what He said in the Bible..and that is to not live for ourselves, but to stretch our vision for those who need hope, grace and unconditional love. Amen. Pass the plate.

At 12:18 AM , Blogger VisualmemoriesKN said...

Hey Guys, Congrats... However we now have to introduce Meke to food combinations that are distinctly American... French Fries dipped in Frosty... Twizzlers and any type of soda... anything covered in chilli and cheese(thats a redneck thing) and anything in CHOCOLATE!!!!!
This is a crucial in the Americanization process.

See ya when you get back

Kyle and Natalie


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