Sunday, May 22, 2011

Meeting little A! (part 1)

Wow, this past week was amazing! We left on Thursday, May 13th to go meet our little boy for the first time and returned home last night, the 20th! We could not be more thrilled to call this little man our son and begin our life with him. He is OH.SO.PRECIOUS and you all are going to eat him up! His facial expressions are just TOO funny!

We have so many emotions going through us and are asking the Lord for peace as we leave a part of us in Africa to return home.... although home doesn't feel quite right as of now. The internet connection we had was good at times and sketchy at other times... and we never quite had the words or time to update this blog. So, we'll try to find time this coming week as we get back into the swing of work and our everyday schedules to fill you in on how the week went.

Until then, we'll post the pictures that we can (we aren't allowed to post his face or his name until after we have our Embassy appt) and ask you to pray for:

-peace in our hearts during the last phase of waiting
-for little A... he's been through a lot and is clearly overwhelmed and scared
-for the caregivers to be able to explain to him what is occurring and for him to be able to understand (as much as you can at 20 months of age)
-for the embassy to process our paperwork and issue his visa quickly
-for us to be able to learn more Amharic so he is able to understand us more when we return
-wisdom during our time back in Ethiopia for the 2nd trip... specifically in regards to A's transition
-for us to be effective in sharing Christ with anyone we come in contact with as we return to Ethiopia soon.

As you can see, little A was struggling while we were in Ethiopia, as to be expected. He is very attached to his caregivers, which is a great thing and shows that he is able to bond/attach. We know and trust that the Lord can heal all wounds and continue to grow our hearts together!

Thanks friends... you've all been such an encouragement.

Now, for what you're ACTUALLY here for! :)
All the donations and luggage! So fun to bless them with the great items all of you donated!

Getting to O'Hare! 

1st leg: US to Amsterdam

Last leg: Khartoum to Addis Ababa

Arriving in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia! 

Just got out of the van-seeing A any minute! 

First look at little A.... SO sweet!

emotions FLOODING over us! 

thought maybe peek-a-boo would do the trick! :)

sweet boy sleeping in my arms! 

fell asleep in my arms for the first time! 

holding daddy's hand!

Gotta get to bed... more to come soon!


  1. love love LOVE love love looooove LOVE it. Thats all I got. Oh...and praying! :)

  2. Oh that just fills me with tears of joy. God is so good.

  3. The pictures make me miss Addis and HH so much!!! Praying for all three of you and hoping we will all be back very very soon to bring our babies home!!

  4. My heart is filled with joy and aching for you at the same time! Our prayers have been answered in so many wonderful ways and so many prayers are yet to be answered. God is much bigger than any paperwork or VISA - I know He will make the way quick for you! So glad to walk this journey with you! :)

  5. Love this Dan and Christi! You bot have been on my heart so much this last week. Can't wait to hear more about your trip! Praying for a quick embassy date!

  6. Our little man was 18 months and scared of us!!! He screamed so hard he puked on me :) Lovely memories...but now....he is such a mommy's boy he does not like leaving my side :)

    PRAYING because it is never easy, but soo glad and he looks sooo squeezable!! PRAYING your next trip will be soon and for your transitions :)!!!!!!!!!

  7. Love the update and all the pictures!! So precious. Praying for a very quick Embassy appointment!

  8. What pure joy! So sweet. The best IS yet to come...

  9. LOVE!!!! Can't wait to hear more and see more pictures!! I'm praying for you!!!

  10. So precious!!! SO happy for ya'll! I know you can't wait to have him HOME!! Will be praying for ya'll!

  11. LOVED seeing this. Beautiful. Amazing. Awesome. Happy for you and praying him HOME.

  12. Tears! How precious!

  13. So thrilled for you! Keeping you in my prayers.

  14. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this!!! PRAYING for you to scidadle back to ET with an Embassy date and bring that BEAUTIFUL boy HOME! Thank you for LOVING on our little M for us and for your sweet pics and video!! I look at them DAILY! XOXO

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY for you guys!!! ♥

  15. These are so PERFECT...The Lord is in control, and moving, Praise Him!!!...always praying for you!

  16. That boy is SOOOOO precious, we just fell IN LOVE with him! So glad he is going to such a wonderful home with parents that will love him to pieces!!! =)