it was Nov. 24th last year that we stood in front of the high courts of ethiopia--which was really a beautiful lady judge sitting in a tiny little room (the waiting area was bigger than this room) with a bunch of filing cabinets and book shelves. she asked us a few questions about aregash and what our intentions were as her parents. and after 70 seconds she quietly said "she is yours". it was such a sigh of relief and tears flowed as our driver took us back to our guesthouse and played "god is great" on his player.
|the first time we saw our baby girl--not as much of a baby as we saw in the pictures :0)|
|our first family picture|
|our second day together--look at those chubby cheeks!|
|after our court date--she is officially part of our family|
and then we had to say goodbye. we had no idea how long it would be before we saw her again, but it was typically taking 3-4 weeks to return. it ended up being twice that. i held my emotions together throughout most of this process and the wait, but christmas last year was very difficult for me. i had 3 kiddos to shop for at home, but one kiddo on the other side of the world and i would have given anything to have her home and be a family.
that was a year ago.
and now she's been with us and a part of our family for 10 months.
it all seems soo surreal when i go back to the beginning.
|posing for her TOMS (shoes) picture|
|snuggle time with daddio|
|sharing zach's birthday treats|
|when her hair is wet she says, "mommy, my hair is soo BIG!!"--she really wants long hair. :0)|
such a treasure
happy 10 months as part of our family
aregash faith dejene chiolis!!!!
we love you!!!!