Blessings upon Blessings

This morning at 5:20 AM, we got the call we had been waiting for! Denise from CWA called to tell us that our court date was successful and that E. and W. are now our little boys! We were so happy that we couldn’t go back to sleep, so I got up and came down to my computer where I found an email from my friend Joy. She is in Addis right now getting her two little girls. She took gifts to E. and W. and best of all, took lots of photos for us. Thank you Joy!

I’ve posted photos of both boys for you to enjoy. They are absolutely adorable. I am very comforted to see E. walking and looking healthy. When he came into care in August he was unable to walk due to malnutrition. W. looks good too, although we were told that he was taken to the doctor and that he is being treated for bronchitis.

For more photos of Addis, the CWA care center, and the children, you can go to Joy’s blog
It is wonderful to watch the story of her journey to her children unfold.

We feel especially blessed to have received this good news and 22 photos all on the same day!

We are now waiting to be assigned our embassy date which will determine when we travel.

From a very happy Mamma.

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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. Anonymous
    January 30, 2007

    God be praised! What wonderful news! I’m so thrilled for you. The boys are adorable. Can’t wait to hear that you’ve got your embassy date.

    Hooray! Hooray!

  2. Jasmine
    January 30, 2007

    YAY! I’m so happy for you all!
    The boys are so cute!!!!!

  3. Anonymous
    January 31, 2007

    CONGRATULATIONS! God has been SO good to y’all, this is the happiest thing!

  4. Raskell Party of 8
    February 2, 2007

    Oh yeah, you are going to Ethiopia! I am so excited for you!


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