January 18, 2013

ethiopian roots run deep.



it's late Thursday night + I'm having one of my "in the mood" late photo editing nights.
thinking about the day.
seriously, adoption has changed our whole life.
it has expanded our world view ten fold.
people that we might never have had the opportunity to know, we now consider family.



I mean, when did we ever go over to our "ethiopian parents" house for coffee ceremonies?
or go to gotcha day parties + celebrate orphans no more being in their forever families?

it's insane.
and I love every minute.


we want our kids to KNOW all about their culture.
so we love when getanah & wosene speak to them in amharic + even oromo (their tribal language)
we love it when we participate in one of the greatest traditions of their home culture - the coffee ceremony.





we love it when they have friends who come from the same places as they do.


tonight, as our sweet friend Lana's daughter Eva Rose met Camp + Asher for the first time, Lana told her simply that they come from the same place that she does.


Eva just studied Asher and said in her 3 year old voice, "mommy she has hair just like me & Lomi do".  Yes, Eva she sure does.  and her skin is the same as yours.
Eva strokes her skin and says an enthusiastic, "yeah!"
"and her eyes are black too"

simple conversation but it still stole my heart.


I love that that four little girls who once lived as orphans in Ethiopia, can now call each other friends in Midland Texas.  they can relate to each other.  even at a young age.  


I'm so thankful for the adoptive families that we are blessed to call friends!
and those of you who are adopting & don't know ANYONE who's adopting in your area... rest assured, we didn't either when we started this thing.  the bond of adoption runs thick.  you will meet "your people"!  pray for an adoption boom in your city! 



Emme, it was an honor to celebrate your gotcha day tonight.  I can't believe it's been 1 year since you've been home.  I still remember so well sitting in YOUR room with YOU IN IT just in awe.  after months of no Emme in that room, that day you spun me around in your chair it all became real.
you are a beautiful joyful  and have the best-laugh-ever + I'm blessed to know you! (jennas blog here!)

camp + asher, may you never lose your Ethiopian roots.  

happy friday yall! 

 in case you missed it this week:
I guest posted over on my girl Tara's blog here
talking about my No. 41 bag

20 comments:

  1. Love you and all of our Ethiopian children!! What a blessing to have you in my life!!

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    1. yes I sure do love all our ethiopian children!!! and you :)

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  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this post! One of the things that I am most excited about in terms of Noonday is the hope that it will encourage more people to adopt in Mississippi. :)

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    1. oh yes!!! that is going to be amazing mccall!!!

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    1. love you aa! can't wait for you to meet em ;)

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  4. What a sweet little conversation...Beautiful! Yes, praying for that adoption boom!

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  5. Your blog is such an encouragement! As we are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia (waitlist 15 months), I often wonder when the connections happen with other Ethiopia families. We have made connections with adoptive families, but only one other Ethiopian family that is 2 hours away!

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  7. ah! i teared up. LOVE this. ET babies are the prettiest. love love that miss emme has been here a year:) so exciting to have a little community here. love you! and ps that pic of asher at the end is THE CUTEST EVER!!

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  8. Amazing Connections
    An Amazing GOD
    and SUCH CUTIES!!!!!!

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  9. just precious!! and that last picture is a rare gem!! xoxo

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  10. just precious!! and that last picture is a rare gem!! xoxo

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    1. she's pretty hilarious, huh? love you!

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  11. beautiful. and so true - you will find your people & they will bless you beyond measure :)

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    1. thank you :) yes - people....they are a blessing!!! thank god for community!

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  12. Thanks for the encouragement! Josh and I get discouraged, because we do not know any Ethiopian families in our town. They are there, we know, but we can't seem to find them or connect with them. Our closest adoptive friends live 2 hours away.

    My best friend from High School is Ethiopian and she is pretty excited for us, but she lives on the other side of the country!

    I pray God brings us strong/close Ethiopian connections and friendships!

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