The cries of our hearts, the down low on the info, the ordinary and extraordinary, the ugly truth and the beauty in it, what we know and probably more of what we don't, and all else that follows us in this incredible journey to our beautiful son.
In one month, you have turned our world upside down. This one month has been the happiest, most difficult, emotional, tiring, and sweetest experience. I can't even imagine what this month has been like for you.
You have shown us so much more of who you are than we ever could have discovered through videos, pictures, and monthly updates.
You are unique and special, and there are many days that we are still in awe that you are home.
You are funny and silly, but try to keep it cool around most people. We were always told you were very serious, so we feel quite special to see you laughing, relaxing, and just enjoying yourself.
You are so very brave. You have been thrown into this new place that is completely different from everything that is familiar to you. Your curiosity has opened lots of new doors literally and figuratively. You have discovered so many new and exciting things this month. You have given experiences second chances when you were afraid the first time, and you have so…
I am struggling to find time to write, but I wanted to write a short post.
Ethiopia is so very different than everything here. The smells, the food, the sounds, the weather, the culture, the people- you get it!
It is not any easy task to keep Ethiopia evident in our home all the time. We have to be really intentional. Some people don't quite understand why this is so important to us, but we feel that although Zane is now an American citizen, he is also still Ethiopian. We don't know if Zane will want to know more of Ethiopia or even care to know more of Ethiopia when he gets older, but until he is old enough to decide, we feel it is our responsibility to always keep Ethiopia in our conversations. It isn't something hushed or unspoken. Several people have asked us when we were going to start talking to Zane about adoption. This is something that is just natural and a part of our family. No, we don't say, "This is our adopted son." That's weird. Zane i…
Where has this month gone? This month has been huge, and we are so proud of all the progress you have made.
You have conquered all your colors thanks to our daily multiple walks around the neighborhood. You point at cars and trucks and tell us their colors. You can even tell us the cars that should be there when they are gone. You are so observant to the world around you, and you soak up all the new information and experiences like a little sponge.
Daily you impress me with new vocabulary. Some are words we have intentionally tried to teach you while others you have just picked up on your own. You get very frustrated when we can't understand you, and you do such an amazing job trying to let us know what you need, want, or just want to share with us. We ask you to use your words (Amharic or English) because last month you liked to point and whine. Now you are using words like crazy, and we hate when we can't get what you are saying. I would love for you to keep your sweet acce…