A Letter from Ethiopia

We received this email from our parents, who are currently in Addis with Miss B. -Mimi

To our wonderful children (and everyone else),

We are safely here in Addis with B. She is lovely and sweet. We went to meet her this afternoon and she was full of hugs. She showed us her bed, introduced us to a few friends, took photos with us and then we were back in the car and headed to the guest house. She often talks in a very quiet voice, almost like a whisper. It is a challenge communicating, and unfortunately we forgot our Amharic phrase book. She LOVED her new clothes and kept saying, “Beautiful” about one thing after another. She was especially excited about the shoes that match Mommy and Daddy’s – we took a photo of our feet all together.

She is also fond of her backpack and the things inside. Her favorite is the CD player; I’m already taking her headphones off her ears to introduce her to people.

Our welcome to Ethiopia was a great blessing. We got off the plane and Getachew was waiting for us. Our totes of donations and our suitcases filled the trunk and backseat, so I sat on Dad’s lap for the drive. We had to avoid the traffic police, so Getachew took us on a circuitous route to the guest house. Arriving at the guest house, we received the most warm welcome and were so glad that we had chosen to stay here again. Kidist, Aleyu, and Hana, are like our Ethiopian family. They greeted us with hugs, kisses on our cheeks, and a clean room. We promptly put in ear plugs and slept for two hours and then forced ourselves to surface long enough to shower and eat a protein bar before going to get B.

After we got back from her orphanage, we asked what she wanted for dinner she quickly said, “Pizza” – no surprise. She held both of our hands firmly all the way to Metro Pizza where we had a good dinner, and all the way back. Her friend Y. is staying here with her mom, Carolyn. We were looking forward to seeing them, but Y. is sick, so we only have had a couple of short visits. Now Carolyn is heading to the hospital with her to have Y. back pain checked.

Right now B. is listening to her CD player and Daddy is visiting with a neat group of people how are sharing Indian food around the table behind me.

One other thing, I packed my pink shawl which proved to be incredibly useful – I used it on the planes as a blanket, around my shoulders in a rain shower, and most importantly, I made it into a wrap skirt which allowed me to go into the churches where no shorts are allowed.

The flight to Addis was a bit tough. We boarded at 1:00 AM and tried to go immediately to sleep. Dad slept well, but the woman on my right was restless, loud, kept turning on her light, etc. I didn’t enjoy the flight and only slept a little bit, but I feel okay after my nap this afternoon.

There is so much more I could tell you, but I need to go to bed! We love you all and miss you so much. When we got on the plane in Rome there were many Ethiopian families and I saw so many sweet little boys who reminded me of our guys. We hope that the family reunion was super fun and now you are settled back at home. Be kind to one another and treat each other with love and kindness

Oh, the funniest thing happened! After our nap I ran over to the guest house (there are now two across the street from each other), when I came back Dad was visiting with some other guests. They thought maybe they knew us and then figured out that they knew us because they read my blog. Elizabeth, thank you for actually reading my blog and for the pleasure of meeting you. Elizabeth and her family live in China and just adopted four boys from Ethiopia – and she is expecting another baby. They are going from having five children to ten children in one year!

Love you all!


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Mark and Sarah
    July 28, 2008

    Hooray for making it safe and sound to Addis and to Miss B! That’s no easy feat–and without good rest on the LONG flight from Rome to Addis. I am quite jealous that you’re in Ethiopia…I love it there. Looking forward to hearing more about your journey to B.


  2. Andrea
    July 28, 2008

    So glad you guys made it safely. Thanks for sharing what has happened so far. So great you got to meet up with C & Y. And the story about Elizabeth and your blog is too funny. How neat is that. So happy you got Miss B. in your arms, at last.

  3. Leslie
    July 29, 2008

    So excited for you and B!!

  4. shell
    July 29, 2008

    can’t wait to hear more!

  5. Maria and Family
    July 29, 2008

    I can not wait to hear about your journey and see pics of B at home 🙂 Maria


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