Paperchase – What documents are necessary to adopt?

I started this post about a year ago and got distracted midway through.  I know you know what I’m talking about!  The addition of our precious, new little girl Sally, from Ethiopia, Classical Conversations (a new homeschool adventure we will discuss later), another adoption on the horizon, commitments to get the kids and me exercising […]

Adopt? “You are not yet 50 years old….”

  This is a story about one of those God moments that completely and totally changes one’s perspective.  And boy did I need it. It was November 5, 2010.  We had started the adoption process for Sally in the fall of 2009.  Almost a year had gone by.  We were in the waiting stage. And […]

Ethiopia Adoption – Lalibela – A Holy City – Part 12

The view at dusk from Lalibela Sunday, May 15, noon Though I will, I do not feel able or qualified to write about the last 24 hours. We are on a small prop plane, a Bombadier, that has a capacity of 75 people. We are heading back to Addis after 24 hours in Lalibela.  Pronounced […]

Ethiopia Adoption Part 11

Friday, May 13, 2011  6pm Yesterday I found out more detail on how children are matched with adoptive parents.  Apparently Duni’s mother runs an orphanage and I guess has for years.  Remember, Duni was our adoption agency coordinator over here in Addis.  Many of these orphanages are private.  A person just decides to start one. […]

Ethiopia Adoption – Pt 10 – Back to Africa!

May 11, 2011  Noon We are all 5, Matthew, Emma and Meg (our daughters 13 and 10,) my mother and I, in our seats on Ethiopian Airlines about to depart Washington DC straight, nonstop, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  A 13 hour flight. From Oklahoma City you must do a 16 hour layover to connect to […]

Chaos and Order – 6 Weeks After Coming Home From Ethiopia

  The pic above is Sally and me.  Still in Ethiopia.  Our first night.   Flummoxing. 6 weeks after coming home with Sally. Selamawit. She is precious, happy and a good eater. The sleeping has me off kilter though. Yes, it is a gap year. A new baby born or adopted, a major move. It’s […]

Ethiopia Adoption-Part 8-Last Day Trip 1

Friday, April 1, 2011  9pm  Addis Ababa Airport Right now we are sitting on the floor in the gate area where our plane will take off in about an hour. This morning we had our usual breakfast with various other adoptive parents.  We have an omelet every day with cheese and veggies.  There is a […]

Ethiopia Adoption – Part 7

Thursday, March 31, 2011  10pm Quick summary of recent Ethiopian history.  Emperor Menelik reunited Ethiopia in the  late 1800’s from existing as many smaller kingdoms.  He died about 1915.  Hailie Selassie came to power and was in power until 1974 as Emperor.  He was liked by some because he did a lot of good for […]

Ethiopian Adoption-Part 4-Meeting Sally

March 29, 2011  4pm So.  Yesterday  we left off after our meeting with Tarikua, the birth mother.  Tarikua means my history or my story.  Jonas tells us people will name their children something that means something about what is going on in that mothers life at that time.  Very similar to the way the names […]

Ethiopian Adoption – Part 3 – Meeting her Birth Mother

The full wall sign right as we walked into the airport from the tarmac. March 28, 2011 Well.  I guess I didn’t know what a whirlwind was until today happened.  I did get 2 hours of sleep last night on the plane and I have stayed up all day (we landed at 9am Ethiopia time) […]