Welcome. This is part of our story about how God is building our family through adoption and teaching us about HIS family. Going through this process is giving us more understanding about how He has adopted us. We are HIS children, still growing and maturing and developing in our relationship with Him.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Few More

brief update

Tues. We went to a park outside the Hilton Hotel. Had fun playing. We could tell Ephraim was a bit reserved due to all the other children there. We think it was an after school program. Dan had to pay a fee to take photos at the park. There were also guards around the park. One made the other children get off the swing so Ephraim could have a turn. We felt a little uncomfortable but said Thanks and took our turn. He was trying to be kind. We definitely stuck out as being a bit different. We got some fun photos though.
We also tried to do some more shopping but it is a big challenge for us. Dan and I may just be market place challenged....not our specialty.
Sisay is really moving. He can even walk a short distance without help but usually holds a hand....most of the time carried. He is preferring Mommy and has started showing his likes and DISLIKES. He has a bit of a temper and would like to challenge us on diaper changes, bed time and ?? who knows. The first day he really didn't eat or take much of a bottle...but started back to normal yesterday.
Ephraim is doing well... coming along on his English and Madeline is a favorite. He saves the chair for her at mealtime. He came up and gave me a kiss on the cheek when he was playing last night. :o) yea!

Today - Wed. we are laying low... and resting. Madeline had a rough night last night and so did Sisay, which means Mom and Dad didn't get as much either. We took a little walk earlier and have just been hanging out playing Connect Four, Punching Ballons, Cars and chatting. Dan is trying to convince Sisay to take a nap since he is obviously tired but he is not easily convinced.
Better go.
Love you Toby and Mae. SO Looking forward to seeing you and hugging you - big time!

Guest House

Guest House where we are staying.

Club sandwich. Lunch at Grace Guest House.

Dinning Room

Shopping for Madeline an Ethiopian Traditional Dress

Relaxing after Embassy and Shopping.

Tired little man....mommy too.

Photos 2

Blue Nile Gorge
Blue Nile Gorge - Shelly, Madeline, Ephraim, Emanuel, Zebene

Zebene taking good care of us - telling us not to get to close to edge.

Traditional meal.

Madeline and Ephraim playing thumb wars on the way back in van.

Belatu, Sisay's nanny at the Transition House. Saying goodbye.

Just thought this was funny with the hanging mouse and it had Ephraim's name on it.

Photos 1

One of MANY photos of Ethiopia country-side

Road to Monastery

Debre Libanos

Inside Debre Libanos. Holy of Holies far back. Men to lft. Women to rt. or stay in back.
Stain glass windows in back and also on both sides. Old Testament heros on one side and Disciples on other. 

Super size me! ordered water for lunch and got a 2 L bottle :) I shared.
Dan says only in Ethiopia.

Eating a traditional Ethiopian Meal at the site of the Gorge.

Injera and Tibbs (beef tips with herbs) Eat with your fingers but no napkins.
You pull off a piece of injera and scoop up the tibbs with fingers and enjoy.