19 May 2011

back.

sky


our trip in a nutshell: 32 hours of travel there, 72 hours in country, 28 hours of travel back. intense, but wonderful.


we got to spend a good part of sunday and a snatch of monday with our son. he’s mellow with a dash of spunk, and sweet and funny and ours. he loved to play cars ('makina, mommy!') and soccer-rugby-catch with the fiñña (balloon—what he called the beach ball), and read books (especially the photobook we brought him, which he hugged to his chest and called 'foto. foto.')


we were surrounded by amazing people—both ethiopian and american—who made us belly-laugh and took care of us and cried beside us in the van/streets/restaurants/market/guest-house. i couldn't have asked for a better travel group.


after a good deal of waiting and jangled nerves, we scooted into that courtroom on tuesday and emerged as legal parents of our beautiful boy.


we are brimming and grateful.


let’s go back.




[i'll post in more detail over the next several days. and i apologize, but i can't share photos or any identifying information of our littlest until we have physical custody next trip. soon!]

33 comments:

Sarah Hughes said...

This is my first comment (and should have commented sooner), but I have been thinking of you and even just checked your blog not more than an hour ago for an update! Looking forward to hearing more. Glad things went well. Another trip? Wow! Be blessed!

Hopper family said...

so, so happy to hear this! and super happy to hear it sounds like you got to spend a great amount of time with him! exciting!

many, many congratulations!

rahel said...

That is wonderful! Congratulation! I will sure be back to read more about your trip and how it was to meet your son!
Nice picture too... as always.

Jennifer Shults said...

I'm so glad you are back girl. I've missed your posts. I'm soo very happy that your visit with your son was a good positive thing and I can't wait to hear more about how it all went! I've got an email to shoot your way soon. :)

Jenn said...

been waiting anxiously for the report! praying continuously!

Karen Siddiqi said...

Happy tears! I'm so excited for you! I'm so happy you got to spend time with him and love on him. Ohhh, I can't wait to "meet" him here on the blog!!!

Jessica said...

OVERJOYED for you that the court hearing went well!!! And I love the "60 piggies...and counting!" Praying for the rest of your journey...

Bless by Tone said...

so happy to hear the good news. Tone

lulu and family said...

no apologies.=) understood. so, so, so happy for you all.

Farmgirl Paints said...

so so happy for you! YAY!!!

TheUnSoccerMom said...

Oh my! Such JOY!!! I'm smiling, from ear to ear... I can only imagine the joy swelling in your heart now! :o)

God is SO GOOD!!

Folly said...

That is fabulous news! I have been thinking of you this week and I look forward to hearing more of your story.
Michelle.

Joybird said...

Yes, yes, let's!!

happygirl said...

so happy for you. Your son sounds like a wonderful boy. Yes, go back quickly.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I cannot tell you the number of times I prayed for you guys. This post does my heart so good. Oh, he knows you're his mommy. That 'bout makes me cry. It's all blessing, all around. Go back.

Brandee Shafer said...

:)

Elaine A. said...

Sounds like an amazing trip. Especially the time you got to spend with your son. Excited to "meet" your new addition soon.

Kimberly said...

Oh Nic! My heart is brimful for you!

Cami said...

So so happy for you!!! Wonderful wonderful news....

MP said...

Geeee! Yes! Yes! Let's DO go back!
Until then, get some much deserved rest, my dear

Sarah said...

Wow! I can't imagine all the emotions you have gone through in the last week. Hope these next weeks and months pass quickly and that he is home soon!

hannah singer said...

HOORAY! glory to god. i am giddy for you, your family and its newest member! glad you are safely home, praying for continued favor-hugs to you.
xo
Psalm 13:6
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Katarina said...

Oh my!!!
Such an awesome, touching story!!!
So, so happy for you!!!
Can't wait for the happy end, as that lil' boy will be the happiest boy in the whole planet!!!:)

Katie Stratton said...

such beautiful news! happy happy day!
<3

Jenny said...

So happy for you. What a beautiful thing.

emily wierenga said...

oh WOW dear nic! what a whirlwind of a trip! so much love, here, in these words, in the space between... and one day, he will take the trip with you. love you sister.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

YAY!!! Best news! Virtual hugs and chocolate and all things Celebration!

Ostriches Look Funny said...

YAY!!! Best news! Virtual hugs and chocolate and all things Celebration!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I cannot tell you the number of times I prayed for you guys. This post does my heart so good. Oh, he knows you're his mommy. That 'bout makes me cry. It's all blessing, all around. Go back.

hannah singer said...

HOORAY! glory to god. i am giddy for you, your family and its newest member! glad you are safely home, praying for continued favor-hugs to you.
xo
Psalm 13:6
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Farmgirl Paints said...

so so happy for you! YAY!!!

Kimberly said...

Oh Nic! My heart is brimful for you!

Sarah Hughes said...

This is my first comment (and should have commented sooner), but I have been thinking of you and even just checked your blog not more than an hour ago for an update! Looking forward to hearing more. Glad things went well. Another trip? Wow! Be blessed!