We are so excited to share our Ethiopian adoption adventure, and our CRAZY lives with all of you! Our hope is that it will encourage you to step out in faith to do what God has called you to do! There are FIELDS of fatherless children waiting for someone to care for them, to love them, to tell them of JESUS' love for them...will YOU be the one??

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day Two

Today was great! We got to spend the whole morning with her, and about an hour this afternoon. The medicals seem to be right on! That is good news for all of you waiting:)! She let me cuddle and tickle and kiss her a LOT today...but still very nervous of daddy..although he got in a tickle or two as long as she was sitting on my lap:). She loves to be tickled and thrown in the air! Which is funny because she is so tiny and quiet and unsure of everyone, but she let me do it! This afternoon when the caregiver brought her in, she walked right over to me with her arms outstretched and of course I scooped her up and she layed her head on my shoulder! I was SOOO excited!

She is attached to her caregivers and routine..all good signs of healthy attachment...I don't think we will have any problems with that one! She weighs about twenty pounds and is thirty-one inches long..so tiny!

Now about Bulgaria...Although we haven't seen much because of the meetings with our daughter and traveling here to her town, etc...I can tell you that this country is only 20 years post-communism, and it shows! Everything is still a wreck, and very unkempt. The people are very nice overall, but the reality is that Sophia is not the vacation spot some may expect it to be...I was shocked, but the fact is this is a country struggling to find it's own identity... Guess I'm not sure what I expected....but it is more than a little depressing to see so much poverty...to see so many struggle... For example, right in front of our apartment, men were going through the trash dumpsters for anything salvageable... It really does NOT look like any travel brochures you might see:)..so don't expect that...be understanding of where they are in their history..and accept it for what it is..

Looking forward to tomorrow!.


  1. I'm so enjoying hearing about your trip and your time with your little girl.

  2. Thanks for the reality check and I am so happy things are working out with you and your little girl. It will probably be very hard leaving her! Is your translator with you all the time or do you have to improvize while you are at the orphanage?

  3. She is with us at all times Celeste, and very nice. She even takes us to restaurants and orders what we want for us:).

  4. Renae,

    I am so happy for a great day!!!

  5. Renae,

    I am so happy for you!! I can just hear the love in your heart coming through the words you write. Someday your little one will be able to read that and hear that love for herself! What a gift that will be to her!

    We actually just submitted paperwork for a little girl with special needs. We will hopefully find out Friday if she will be ours! Please keep us in your prayers!!!

    I can't wait to see pictures of your little angel!!!