Our Story

Our Story
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 ~

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 ~
Adoption is not the call to have the perfect, rosy family. It is the CALL to Give LOVE, MERCY, and PATIENCE.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Updates from Ethiopia

I have realized that I haven't posted as much during our trip as last time.  It seems like the time or the energy is NEVER there.  It is funny because last time we had 3 kids with us and this time only 1, but still.  I can't believe we are nearing the end of our time here already.  We have had a lot of fun spending time with our boys here but we are excited to get home to the rest of the kids and get a routine started with Nahome.  It is going to be so HARD to say goodbye to "B" and we are praying he will get to come home soon!

I just wanted to touch on a couple of updates!

COURT - We DID get to go to court yesterday (Tuesday).  They asked us the same familiar questions that they had asked when we were just here with Nahome.  They told us that our actual court date to review our paperwork is scheduled on Friday, but since we are flying out Thursday evening they let us come and give our consent.  Our paperwork that we prayed so desperately for to arrive from homeland security arrived in Ethiopia on Monday.  We are hopeful that all will be in order and when we are arrive in San Francisco airport on Friday we will have an email that says we have passed!

FOOD - We have been enjoying the food here and aren't as desperate to eat American food as we were last time.  We are looking forward to some sweet tea and a bowl of cereal though.  Nahome not so much!  He LOVES his injera (traditional Ethiopian bread) and REFUSES to eat much else.  We got him to eat a little chicken last night but not much and then he was sick today, not sure if it had to do with the chicken because that is what I ate and I'm feeling fine.  Neither of the boys like cookies or rice krispy treats - they do not have refined sugar here so it isn't common in their diet - which is fine with me!

NAMES - When we passed court for Nahome, I wrote a post explaining the significance of his name and why we were choosing to keep it.  I posted that we were going to use Isaac (one of my childhood faves) as his middle name.  Josh and I had talked and talked about names and had decided on this, however, shortly after my post Josh decided that he wanted to leave Nahome's name how it will appear on his Ethiopian paperwork.  In Ethiopia, the child receives the father's first name as their middle name.  SO - we are choosing to pass Daddy's name on to little man and it will be Nahome Joshua Krohn.  Often in adoption, people always ask if you are keeping the Ethiopian name or not.  With Nahome we did because of our Naomi dream (Totally need to read the history behind the dream if you haven't - Click Here).  With "B", he is old enough that we wanted him to be able to choose - he could keep his given Ethiopian name or he could choose an American name!  He was very excited to choose an American name!  We told him that we would come up with a few for him to choose from.  All of our children have biblical names so it was important to us to have B's name follow this same pattern.  We googled Biblical boy names and narrowed our list down to 3.   We pitched the names to B and he VERY QUICKLY chose one from the list - he pointed to it with a big smile and then to himself.  We will give the new American name as B's middle name but that is what he will go by to most people.  Daddy LOVES his Ethiopian name and says he will keep calling him that as a nickname around the house.  So - we can't share his FULL name until we pass court but he will be B........ Isaiah Krohn!

Tomorrow is our last day with our sweet Isaiah!  Please pray for his heart and for ours as we say goodbye for now!  Nahome and him have been together for the last 6 months and already have a brother bond!  My heart hurts knowing that not only are we leaving and heading back to the US, but Isaiah is losing Nahome as well!  Please pray that Nahome's behavior and health are good through the rest of our time here as we say goodbye and while we are traveling.  He has been throwing up off and on the last day or 2 - but at times seems totally happy and fine!  Praying it all gets out of his system before the long journey home!

Thanks for all your prayers, love, and support!  Can't wait to post that we are home with ONE cute New American Citizen - and Can't wait to post that ANOTHER handsome young man is added to the family!  Hopefully both of those things will happen in a mere 2 days!

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