it’s so hard to believe it’s been ONE YEAR since these two were officially ours and officially coming home.
the fulfillment of Gods promise – our double portion.
it wasn’t easy. in fact, we fought hard for these two. and one day I can’t wait to tell them how they are dearly loved, chosen, fought for, highly anticipated, prayed over by thousands.
now they are son + daughter. orphans no more.
they are a part of us. it’s like they always were.
I love these images from when we picked them up from the transition home to take them home forever. those ladies loved my babies so well + we are forever grateful! Look how tiny they were! poor Asher was so scared, she bursted out crying. but her daddy quickly helped her calm down. I’ll never forget driving away from the transition home that day. It was like…well ok they are OURS NOW! now what? haha. We had no idea what we were doing, but we rushed to embassy appt, cleared, got our visa + spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with friends at the IEC Bazzar, eating at my fave restaurant in Addis, and then home on Sunday. We literally spent the weekend in Addis. I blogged about it here + here. and then the infamous airplane post.
it’s hard to believe. God has us on this crazy journey and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I would do over all the heartache, all the time in the pit, all the tears and prayers, ALL of it if in the end I would get these two again. We didn’t know we were going to get two – that wasn’t OUR plan, but once again God was showing off showing that His plans are SO MUCH BETTER than our own.
November is “adoption month” – and I have so many posts I started but never finished when the kids got home. My hope is starting the first week of November to share more resources + stories with you about adoption. You can expect posts about: resources in the wait, fundraising: noonday, T-shirts, community garage sales + insta sales. I hope to finally finish + publish the story of when we got their referrals [and our first referral], how we told our people, our babymoon, their first birthday party and more.
[I am going to take this opportunity to document all the things I’ve learned//things I want to pass along//stories for my kids to have forever] so stick with me for adoption month!