Monday, January 21, 2008

Six Months Thoughts

It's Martin Luther King Day. For some reason it takes on a little different feel this year. I wonder why? (smile)

I spent a good part of the day thinking about civil rights. It's so absurd to me that we separate from others because of color.

I can't imagine Bethany and Kailey forming a "White Daughters are Better" group any more than Neti and Meke forming a "Black Kids Alliance for Rightful Place in the Family".

They're our kids. All of them. None any more than another. I'd die for any one of them without hesitation. It would break my heart if they somehow lost sight of family and started separating themselves because of the amount of melanin in their skin.

Is that what God sees when we do the same?

On a more personal note... Time has flown. As of January 15, Neti and Meke have been part of our household for 6 months. Although life will never be the same as pre-Ethiopia (we don't want it to) some of the things we gave up temporarily for the sake of stability for Neti and Meke are slowly finding their way back into our routines.

For example, Aunt Pam gave Rhonda and I our first date in six months by taking all four of our girls overnight (also Neti and Meke's first sleepover). Almost everything for the last six months has centered around the new ones in the house. We're trying to learn what it means to be husband and wife again.


At 12:17 AM , Blogger Teabo Chica said...

Your writing is captivitng and its wonderful to read your progress with your four girls, I love the videos you post! Beautiful family, thanks for sharing!

At 12:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, six months already? I think I've been following your blog since right around the time your girls came home. Cool!

Glad you have family to help with the kiddos- "Husband and wife time" is so important. (and fun!)


At 10:15 AM , Blogger Sharon said...

Time flies! You are so spot on about MLK thoughts. We need to modify our vision (eyes and heart) so that we stop seeing our differences and only see others and ourselves as God sees us - His children! Not just see but love each other as God loves us all! You and Rhonda are such an inspiration! Definitely remember to get that alone time in the midst of all the mommy/daddy time!

At 8:33 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

Happy 6th month anniversary! :-) Glad you were able to get some alone time. You definitely need that. If you ever need me for a night away, I'm always here & willing to help. I'm just a phone call away and would love to spend some time with your girls.

At 6:03 PM , Blogger Jason Egly said...

Thanks guys for your encouraging posts! We are excited for you. Your kids are beautiful! My wife and I are in the process of adopting siblings from Ethiopia as well. We just created a blog:
Jason and Shelley

At 9:36 AM , Anonymous Jeff F. said...

Hey Tracy and Rhonda,
I have not written in some time. It is nice to catch up on life for your family via the blog. Angela and I are also always available and just a phone call away. Keep up the good work amigo. Hope to see you guys soon.


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