We have had so much fun with our boys since we have been in Ethiopia! Nahome is doing well and we've had a lot of fun! When we were here for court we saw an ornery streak in him and knew that he was a stubborn little thing. The first couple days he was great and all fun and smiles. We know that he is attaching and he is bonding with us because he is starting to get comfortable with us. As he is getting comfortable, he is beginning to push boundaries and test his limits which is totally expected. The fits are coming more and more frequently and we are doing our best to be consistent and set up routines as to what to expect. This isn't our first rodeo - we've got 3 "angels" at home....BUT it is the first time we can't explain why he can't have something, we can't tell him that it isn't safe or clean to lay on the floor of the restaurant, we can't tell him why he shouldn't throw the soccer ball on the table at lunch. All we can tell him is "no" which he sometimes will listen and other times chooses not to. We know that transition is taking place and that with this entire process of adoption nothing is neat and tidy and clean. Adoption is full of unknowns and fear and grief. Adoption is full of change and transition....for the kids as much as for us! Continue to pray for both of us as we transition into a family!
Our time with big brother has been fun! He LOVES Daddy's camera and has taken a ton of pictures! He likes to take pictures of his friends and then show them how they turn out! We played Uno with him yesterday and today and he read to me out of one of his books! He is very smart and a good student. He got a shirt and an I (Heart) Ethiopia scarf at the end of his school year for being a top student. Big Brother works hard and always has a smile on his face. They are letting us take him with us to the traditional dinner tonight which should be a lot of fun to watch Nahome and him listen to the music and watch the dancing! The older kids all know the process that families go through. Pictures come first, then families for court, then families leave, then families return and take them home. Big brother is already asking the staff when our court date is. When we had to leave for 2 days to visit Nahome's orphanage "B" got very quiet and sad. It is going to be INCREDIBLY hard on him (and us) when we have to leave! He is not only having us leave, but he is also losing his brother. Nahome and him have been together for the last 6 months and LOVE each other so much! Please pray for him (and us) as that fair well is coming all too soon!
They were supposed to hear Friday if we would be able to go to court this week but the judge wasn't in. They went this morning but the judge was busy with court families and told our in country director to come back this afternoon. Sooooooo supposedly we are supposed to hear in the next couple of hours if they will allow us to come to court and give our consent. Please pray with us that this will happen. Our paperwork from homeland security that needs to be here for us to pass made it today with some of our staff that just arrived. Please pray that we will not only be allowed to give our consent, but that we would PASS soon - - before closure on the 22nd!!!
We are loving getting to know some of the families and spending time with our boys! I miss my little rugrats at home terribly and am excited to get back! Thanks for all the prayers and will post more about court when I have some more info!
We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands.
~ Kristi Larson ~
~ Kristi Larson ~
Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, You didn't grow under my heart - but in it!
~ Fleur Conkling Heylinger ~