Doo Dads


Just heard that the Doo Dads, a rock and roll band for kids, will be at the Record Bar tonight, 6pm! A friend said they play quite a show and always have a lively audience!


2 Date Nights

Mommy and Ababayeh went on two dates recently! Last Saturday we enjoyed Michael’s school fundraiser, which is lovely event. They had chefs from some amazing local restaurants:
You enjoyed hanging out with T & Micah for the evening, while we hung out with great friends from school.

Franck and Ababayeh.
Brynn and Mommy.

Anne, Us, Marie Anne, & Michael. Marie Anne and Michael are moving to Syracuse NY for Michael’s residency in a few months and we will miss them so much!

Then last night we went to the movie, “Date Night” with Tina Fey and Steve Carrel. We laughed a lot. You spent the evening with Miss Jan and Grant and had so much fun.

A Night with Steven

Got to see Mr. Chapman on Friday night after he performed a wonderful concert in Kansas City. It was good to see him, and he was glad to meet you, Gunyea.

Brought some friends, Aaron and Heather, who are on their journey to bring a baby boy home from Ethiopia. Aaron plays music, too.

Nice to meet you, Uncle David!

Nice to meet you, Mr. Steven. I liked dancing to your good music! Can’t believe I slept through the second half of your show, but can you believe that my mom and dad would have me out that late? I mean, what are they thinking? I go to bed at 8pm, not 11:15! I had lots of fun. Hope to see you and your fam again soon! Love, Gunyea

Steven has some amazing new music that shares what God has and is bringing him through these past few years. And Mrs. Mary Beth wrote a book called Choosing to See, which I’m sure will be on shelves soon. Check out their huge hearts for adoption through Show Hope.

elmo tee

you are 2.

and i think elmo is the first and only cartoon character you know.
american apparel has a great line of sesame street tee’s for tods right now.
super soft and cute.
would have bought you this shirt, but we were at the S.A. and i found you a good looking sesame street shirt for 25 cents. with elmo of course.


The 6 month marker is when we go to the Jackson County court house on your behalf (I think you actually come with us!) and when we can start the adoption process again. As we seek God’s direction, the voice in our heads says yes…adopt again…God is faithful and good. We are 4 months in, so we will see where the next two take us.

With that said, I think I will say a prayer.

Dear God,
You are good. Your love has overwhelmed me. You provide and you look after our family of three. You take us through a storm, to show us the rainbow in the clear sky. May we surrender our being to you each day. Thank you for our beautiful, precious son, Tegegne. May you show him your ways, Lord. May we love like Jesus, so Gunyea will have good examples to follow. People can see his joy already. His prayers are sweet. Thank you for this gift. Our son.

As we look to the sixth month, will you help us? Our hearts are full as we think of adopting again. We have seen your faithfulness, God. Please increase our faith and guide our hearts. I can picture the children now. The ones waiting and hoping for a mommy and daddy. The ones too young to understand, but still confused. It’s so hard to imagine that Gunyea was once there, fatherless, sick, and hungry. Oh God, please calm my overwhelmed heart and tell me that you are with these children. And God, please provide a way for us to bring another child, so worthy of love, into our family.


Deck Addition & SW Mtg

With the help of a good friend and Ababayeh the craftsman we have a lovely new back deck. You and I eat lunch on the deck every sunny day, and the three of us have eaten most dinners back here. Ababayeh bought a nice grill off Craigslist and wheeled it home on foot about 12 hilly blocks. His forearms were sore after that! Thank you for our new deck, Ababayeh and Geo!

Our 3 month social worker meeting went well last week. There is a lengthy report that we should have had done for the meeting that I somehow missed even though I’d looked at the papers numerous times before the meeting. We must have it finished in the next few weeks, and your dad has started working on it. You played in the living room like a very well mannered boy while we sat at the table and talked about you.

She cleared up confusion I had on the readoption process. Jackson County makes it somewhat difficult to readopt a child in the States. We must hire an attorney (cha ching), gather documents, and have an official court hearing. None of this can occur until you’ve been home for 6 months. After we pass the court hearing, we will apply for your SS card, US birth certificate, and you will be a U.S. citizen.