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Dear Son,
Your Grandpa Ben is selling this orange lamp at an auction today. He called to tell me about it, as he knows what styles I love. It would be quite cool in your room, huh? Too bad it will probably sell for quite a lot. It’s a modern classic lamp by Giancarlo Mattioli from 1967. Well, we will see.

Love, Mom


i think it’s there

Dear son,
Hello! We should be very proud of the Fed Ex man. Our paperwork says it arrived in Addis Ababa yesterday at 3:15pm. That is your city! Our paperwork made it from here to there! That is great news. Now your dad and I will be assigned a number, which should give us an idea of how many waiting parents are before us. In the mean time, I’ve got to look into some daycare, a baby bed, and more great kids books. I’ve also got to find you a good doctor and I’ve got to keep reading. I’m reading Bringing Up Boys by Dr. Dobson. Once the America World has the dossier in her hands, she will notify us. Then I will notify you of details. I learned that once I know who you are I can send you care packages. I think I’ll get started on a small but cozy blanket to send to you.

Oh and by the way, your dad and I have been married for 4 years today! August 27, 2005 was our wedding day! We love each other so much and we can’t wait to share that love with you. Your dad got me a massage at a nice salon and I made him a photo book of memories over the past 4 years. Tonight we are going to dinner at Justus Drugstore in Smithville. It’s a great wedding anniversary!

Stay tuned for more info, and pray that they review our paperwork soon! You could be at the Transition Home right now. I heard that there are lots of babies and toddlers there lately.

-from the anticipating mother-to-be


What a coincidence! I was researching hotels in Dubai for work and then I checked our dossier’s current destination in route to Addis. And guess where it was……Dubai! What an odd coincidence! It was in Paris for 4 days, now Dubai. Where next oh kind mailman? Addis Ababa, Ethiopia?

Son, I hope you are having a good day. Your dad started his first day of teaching third grade today. What a lucky group of 19 kids, huh? I think they will have a very fun year with Mister Jones. I’m sure they will be asking a lot about you and anticipating your arrival just as we are. Love you.

Will you like bikes too?

Son –

This is a pretty cool story. This is Adrien Niyonshuti and he is a professional cyclist, from Rwanda. See, Ethiopia and Rwanda are in the same Continent. They are kind of close to each other, Rwanda being a little south-west from where you were born. None-the-less, Adrien is racing Lance Armstrong and a bunch of other Europeans in a major race right now. This is one of the highest levels of cycling he can participate in. It is quite extraordinary, to say the least. Here is what he said in his first day of the race, “It was tough today.This was the first time I have done a 200km stage. It was very hard for me. I was happy just to finish.”

Now you know, and will become well aware, that cycling is my favorite pastime. He being from Rwanda, which has such an incredible history (we’ll talk about this), makes his story even better. Read about him here, in this story, and you will learn a little more about his story. He is quite the inspiration. I hope you like cycling one day, and if you don’t it’s okay, we’ll find something that you love to do.

sleep tonight, play tomorrow


new jersey

Dear Son,

Now we must think good thoughts about Mr. Fed Ex man because he is taking our papers from MO to Ethiopia! And guess what is going to make me a crazy mama? The Fed Ex tracking updates. Yes, I can track our package from here to there. It’s made it to New Jersey so far! The social worker said that I should not be alarmed if it sits in some European countries for awhile. This is normal. And once it gets to Ethiopia they sometimes mark “Wrong Address” on these dossier packages. She said that this is normal too and once it gets there the AWAA staff in Ethiopia will go to the Fed Ex office to pick up our dossier. They are sending us a package of Frequently Asked Questions while we wait. I have many questions about how this selection process works on their end, so I hope the package answers some of that.

Here’s the anticipatory sticky note I put up at my desk:

Dossier sent from AWAA – August 20, 2009.

Dossier’s arrival in Addis Ababa _________.

Referral received _________.

Travel date _____________.

james says

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep onself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

today i learned

Today I learned that the America World Transition Home (where you will go between your old place and here) has 60 nannies and 4 nurses. One lady was visiting there and said that every crying child was tended to. That news made me glad. They also mentioned that there were baby rooms with cribs and boy rooms and girl rooms for older kids. So my question of the day is baby bed or big boy bed? Which will you prefer?

I am recently drawn to this bed, particularly because there are several random doors I’ve collected throughout our house and your dad keeps threatening to throw them out.