last weekend

last weekend we played. auntie t, owen, your dad and i visited Big Sky Ranch aka Gramma Debby and Grandpa Ben’s house. they have 80 acres of land with two big ponds, a bunch of trees, and beautiful open land. saturday morning taryn, g. debby and i went on a 2 hour walk around the land. your dad, g. ben, and great g. orville chopped down a tree that afternoon. we came back to the city refreshed. this happens every time we go there. we got home sunday and your dad put in a fireplace. by himself. he is self-motivated and determined. now we have a cozy and warm house for you. it was a great weekend. we hope yours was great too.

love, mom

p.s. my friend brandi is coming to meet your dad and i, see your room and pick up your package this saturday. and NEXT weekend she will be visiting you and picking up her son. i’m so excited that i get to hug her, then she will pass the hug on to you. and the package. i really can’t believe she gets to see you.


an update

Hey there sonny boy! Just wanted to let you know that we are still waiting for a court date. We do however have a care package coming your way in November. With the list of families that is kept by the mom’s in the yahoo group it shows that our court date is one of the next ones to be scheduled–so maybe we’ll hear this week. In the mean time, your dad laughs because I’ll go in your room nightly to hang out, or redecorate something. Here’s your room. We hope to fill the wall by your bed with colorful photos from Ethiopia and our journey to bring you home!

New rugs from Grandma Debby’s Store!

Your cuddly bedtime friends.

Your chalk board door!

Your sweet little yellow bed.

Talk soon,

tricycle, bicycle

Will you like this bike? I hope so. You’ll probably ride this type for a while, then we’ll get you a bigger one, and then a better one, and hopefully we’ll be able to go out together. What I would love would be to have to chase you down because you are so fast on the mountain bike and/or road bike. Just a little dream I have. We’ll see…

Some more friends that want to meet you…

In this room rest 18, 8-9 year olds that want to meet you.  They continually ask about you, and ask why you have yet to come meet them.  These students are so fun.  You will really have a good time meeting them and playing with them.  As we look at globes in Social Studies, my students continually tell me as they point, “Voila, il habite ici en Ethiopie!”  They love to show me where your country is, and are still amazed that you are coming from so far away.  

I have asked them if they know anyone who is adopted, and most of them have previous experiences with children who are adopted.  They are curious in the same sense of what it means for their teacher to leave them for a few weeks, go across the world, find his son, and come back a father.  It isn’t typical, but it is good and necessary.  
Sometimes they ask if they can see your picture again, and again, and again.  It never gets old for me to see their inquisitive minds.  
You have hundreds of people who are awaiting your arrival.  Amongst them are these 18 students who can achieve anything they desire.  For now they wait like your mother and I.  
I tell my class I will bring them back souvenirs, so you’ll have to show me what 3rd graders would like over there (nothing too pricey…i have to get multiples…)  
we’re coming soon…

Times they are a changing

Son – 
Of the many new experiences you will have here at your new home, you will be introduced each fall to the leaves that change colors.  This is especially beautiful where we live.  Though you may miss the change this year, for about 3 weeks in October it is as if Jesus paints every leaf on most of the trees where we live just for us to see His beauty.  This is one of the most treasured times of the year for me.  It reminds me that Jesus still wants to pursue me, and still wants to make good out of me and my life.  He wishes the same for you, and He will not cease His pursuit of you my young man.  
If you ever forget, just look at the beauty around you.  
I am reminded everyday when I look out my classroom window.  Here is my view, and why I catch myself staring when I get a minute.  I hope you’ll be watching with me soon…

i wished for you

i just got two really special books in the mail from a sweet friend. one of them is called “i wished for you.” this is a wonderful book that we can read together. you know why? because I wished for YOU too, yes, last December I wished for YOU! i cannot wait to get cuddly with you and tell stories of your adoption journey. i cannot wait for you to ask question after question. do you know how often i think of you? i think of you while brushing my teeth, while shopping for bananas, while logging onto my computer at work. i think of you while driving home, while cooking dinner, while climbing into bed…it’s true…i think of you often throughout my day.

your dad too. he always asks me what i think you are doing.

we long to bring you to our cozy home on liberty street. until then be well dear child.


Hey Son,
Are you eating well today? How about that injera, huh? (pancake-like break made out of teff flour) I bet you love that stuff. You guys eat almost every meal with injera, right? And with your right hand only? I will try to cook injera for you, but if I don’t succeed I will go to our Ethiopian market or we will go to the Blue Nile, k? We already have some Berbere (red Ethiopian spice) at home to cook with, and some Ethiopian tea (Thanks to your Autie Taryn, aka Big T these days). Your dad and I have eaten a meal with berbere twice. We liked it. I’ve heard that you could be in love with popcorn. Ethiopian coffee ceremonies include popcorn, right? Have you been to a traditional coffee ceremony? Are you going to like the microwaved PC in a bag, or should I start doing stove top popcorn? (Can you help me with this, aunt jessie?) We are excited to be in Ethiopia and try your food first hand. Before we leave we will find some local favorite restaurants, so you can get some last tried and true Ethiopian food. We will do a sampler platter, to find out what Ethiopian dishes you really like.

Speaking of food, I am going home to make a nice pot of chili. Yum.

Talk soon, k?