Bringing Home Miss B – Update From Sweet Pea

Little Man decided to help with the mopping!

I talked with my mom on the phone last night, and felt grateful for the wonders of modern communication! My parents can call home from halfway around the world, in Addis Ababa!

My parents have had a busy trip, so far. Mamma says it has been wonderful. They visited KM, Layla House, Little AHOPE, Big AHOPE, and the Community Outreach Program (AHOPE). Mamma has taken many photos, measured kids, and traced their feet. Today, they left Addis Ababa to travel to Soddo, where they will visit Eby’s grandfather and great-aunt. They have already spent time with Little Man and Dimples’ extended families. Miss B’s grandmother and other family members will come to Addis Ababa when my parents return from Soddo.

Miss B is great! She has been with my parents the whole time. She loved her first bath…and enjoyed lots of bubbles. She swam like a fish. She keeps starting to undo her hair, but Mamma needs it to stay in until they return from Soddo. Apparently, she has quite the stubborn streak, and wants to have tons of sugar in her tea (Mamma said, “She wants half sugar and half tea!”). She loves chocolate, too. She is much tinier than we guessed, about a size six. Her IR3 has already been approved, which means when she lands in Washington, D.C., she will automatically become an American citizen!

A brief update on Y.: her health continued to get worse until a few days ago. The doctors checked her hemoglobin, and found that she was severely anemic. After Y. received blood transfusions, Mamma said she seems like a different girl. Y. felt so much better that she had her farewell party, which my parents attended. Two other big girls shared her party. The children sang and prayed, and everyone started crying–at that point, the nannies brought out the treats! Carolyn hopes to find a flight home soon.

We’re holding together nicely at home. I cornrowed Dimples’ hair by myself. It took much longer than doing it with Mamma, about three hours. The little girls were delighted to watch three hours worth of movies (it takes a lot to make Dimples sit still for that long!). We have received tons of help, from people taking the little kids for an afternoon, to assistance with house cleaning yesterday morning (which was sorely needed, I might add–thank you!). Thank you all for praying, helping, and following along with my family’s journey to bring home Miss B.

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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.

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  1. Raskell Party of 8
    August 2, 2008

    I can’t wait to hear more about the trip. We are continuing to pray for you all as you travel to Soddo and back to Addis. I am praying the visa comes through quickly too! I wish I lived closer to help the kids out. See you soon!

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  2. G & K
    August 2, 2008

    Glad to hear things are going well in Ethiopia. I love the photo of Little Man. That is just too cute.

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  3. Anonymous
    August 2, 2008

    Very ice post. I am glad everything is going so well. Cute picture!

    Kathrin

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  4. Heather
    August 2, 2008

    It’s really a joy to watch you all in this journey – thanks for sharing! It gives those of us waiting for a referral from Ethiopia something to do! Thanks!
    Heather A

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  5. Anonymous
    August 2, 2008

    Glad to hear everything is going well. I am so happy that you are updating the blog so we know what is happening. I so wish I could have come over with Miss M to help, but the timing was not great. We look forward to meeting our new neice/cousin.

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  6. Angela
    August 2, 2008

    YAY!! I’m so excited for you all and for Miss B! I can’t wait until we get to be there bringing home our little ones! Only a few more weeks! So so excited for you all and can’t wait to see the pics!
    Huge hugs,
    Angela

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  7. MLB
    August 2, 2008

    Thanks for the update! I’m glad to hear that the trip has gone well.

    Love the bucket picture. What a cute kid!

    -Marissa

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  8. PastorMac's Ann
    August 2, 2008

    Yay! They be home before you know it! Glad that the trip has been a good one. So good to hear that Y. will be able to come home soon too. Thanks for the update.

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  9. Jill
    August 3, 2008

    Hey Friends,

    We are thrilled to hear that Carolyns little girl is much much better. Also, such a good report from your parents.

    Praying for you from the coast!

    The Farris clan

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  10. Andrea
    August 3, 2008

    Sweet Pea, thanks so much for sharing your parents story while they are over there. It’s so awesome to hear it while we are here and they are all the way in ET.

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