2 months

We have been home from Ethiopia for two months now.  I don't even know what to say about that.  When I think about being there - riding in the back seat of a taxi with no seatbelt and a baby strapped to my chest, hanging on for dear life - it seems like it was just yesterday.  When I look at my babies, it seems like an eternity.  They have changed so much in such a short time, and while I am sad that they're growing so fast, I am incredibly thankful that they are growing and healthy, that they're home with us, and that we've been a family for 13 weeks now.
I still haven't fully processed our time in Ethiopia - it's so hard to describe the whole adoption experience, so I thought maybe a video would do?
While not the best quality, (we had no notice that we would be meeting our children, so we're a little flustered) this video is so precious to me.  Watching it reminds me of the excitement, nervousness, and overwhelming love that I felt meeting our babies for the first time.
It's short because we were anxious to get our hands on our babies.  We spent the next several hours hugging and kissing all over them.  It wasn't until after the video camera was put away that we realized how small and sick Lula was {I'm still not ready to post about this - it's still too sad, but I will eventually}.

Here are our first-ever photos of Gus and Lula:

And 13 weeks (8 on American soil) later:
  Just look at that chub!
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Carisa Knox said... Best Blogger Tips

I found your blog by accident when looking for a lighting tutorial. In the process of reading your old posts, I learned of your adoption of Gus and Lula. I've been following your blog for about 4-5 months now and everytime I see your sweet, incredibly blessed babies, I get teary. Because you see, my husband and I have talked for 10 years about adopting a child from Africa. We have two biological, miracle daughters already but we have known that when the time is right, God will send us to Africa to bring home a sister or brother for our girls.
I love your blog. It gives me a chance to marvel at how Lula has filled out, how long Gus has gotten, how joyful both their little faces are, how even your writing has changed a bit, how clearly you are humbled and thankful for your sweet babies.
You and your husband are in my prayers and I'm so thankful the God brought me to your blog at a time when I had all but given up the dream of adopting, thinking I misinterperated Gods plan for us. I know better now, and thought that you should know how God is STILL using you to fulfill His plan.
God Bless,
Carisa Knox

susanmarysunshine said... Best Blogger Tips

Love those beautiful happy faces and, mostly, those amazingly gorgeous eyes! That little jacket on Gus is to die for. The two of you and your sweet babies are so fortunate to have found each other.

Empty Nest Full Life said... Best Blogger Tips

Cuter than ever! Just sitting here seeing their picture makes me want to hug and kiss on them. What a blessing! What a plan from the Lord. I know those two will rise up and call you blessed for being their Mama. Jackie

Angela said... Best Blogger Tips

They are so gorgeous!

Tyler said... Best Blogger Tips

blessings, blessings, blessings. that's all I can say.
God's love to you,

kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

there are no words for how precious this video is. what a treasure. thank you for the blessing of letting us see you meet your babies.

Quirky Momma said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my! YOur children are beautiful! We too are adopting out of Ethiopia, our dossier should arrive there by the end of the month (it's doing it's rounds at the US consulate and embassy now). If you have any tips for someone waiting on a referral please share! leviandrachel@yahoo.com

Holly Kennedy said... Best Blogger Tips

I just stumbled upon your blog, and I LOVE it! Your video is too precious for words! It made me tear up. Your babies are beautiful!

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