Yesterday Eby saw his Ethiopian sister, Mesky, for the first time since he was a baby. It wasn’t quite face to face, but it was as close as we could get since we live on different continents – they Skyped. A little more than a year ago I wrote the amazing story of how Meskerem’s family in Italy and our family in Idaho found each other. It is one of the most incredible things God has done in our adoption story and I still find it hard to believe.
Since we found their family, we have communicated via Facebook and not long ago, Mesky sent Eby an envelope of photos and letters. We talk about Mesky and sometimes Eby gets sad and wants to see her. He was so little the last time they saw each other, probably younger than 18 months, that he doesn’t consciously remember her, but I know there are deep memories. She is seven or eight years older than Eby, so she remembers him well and was so worried about what had become of him after they were separated.
Today, she told him that she missed him, loved him, and wanted to see him and hug him. Then she leaned out of view of the camera and began to cry. I assured her that we know she loves Eby and that her tears were a good thing. I had prepared Eby that Mesky might cry some happy tears, so he wasn’t surprised, and I don’t think he was surprised by my tears either. He has seen them a time or two.
It was a happy, tender, poignant moment for these siblings to see one another’s faces and hear one another’s voices. After we hung up Eby said, “I wanted to ask Mesky if she has a Christmas tree.” I replied, “I guess you’ll need to call her again soon.”
#491 – 500 giving thanks
thankful hearts for Mesky and her family
the wonder of Skype
two Advent candles lit on our table
vibrant winter sunsets
family dinner Saturday night with Mimi and Andrew
Mimi calming a sad little brother
Good Earth tea
a wreath on the front door
a long phone call with a young friend
the beauty of our hills as I drove home yesterday
Thank you for sharing our happiness today over this good gift from the Lord.