We found out today, Friday, February 16 that on February 15, 2007 we officially became a family!!!!!! Finally, the government has caught up with my heart!!!! Thank you to God. The One who is faithful to a thousand generations! Avery thinks I shouldn't put so many pictures all in one post. But, I've waited 506 days for this!!!! So truly, Enjoy the little chronological picto-story I've put together for you! :)
Yosef and Mihret, Dec. 2004 at their intake interview for our adoption agency
June, 2005 when Yosef and Mihret came to live at their orphanage
April, 2006- don't you LOVE her hair???? :) This is one of my favorite pictures of her!
April, 2006- Yosef- This picture came at such a difficult time in this adoption. Priceless!
June, 2006. They have lived in an orphanage for one year at this point. In just one month, they meet Dad!
Avery with Yosef, Mihret, and Grandmother Ayat Kelemwa in July, 2006. A little over a year prior to this picture, the children left their grandmother, their only living relative, to go live in an orphanage to await a family. This picture is such a gift to our family and to our children. Kelemwa is holding a photo album that I made for her containing pictures of our family, all six of us. I pray I get to see her again so that I can give her this picture to add to her album.
Baetaseb- Family! At last!!!!
This was the last day we spent with Yosef and Mihret right after Christmas 2007
This is a million-dollar-smile! :) She said that when she lost her first tooth that she threw it on top of the roof, as is the tradition. Yosef informed us that there are lots of teeth on the roof!
Yosef discovering the joys of Kit-Kat bars! Notice his bracelet. It was made for him by two Ethiopian children who recently came to their new family in the US.