Ebenezer’s Sisters Meet

They share a brother. One sister from Ethiopia, one from Idaho, meeting in Italy. Only God can write a story this good.

Mesky and Annarose (2)

Annarose is on her grand, crazy fast, spring break dash through Europe. She traveled to Bologna, Italy, where Eby’s sister, Meskerem, lives and they met for dinner.

They talked for four hours and had an amazing time. Meskerem is 11 months older than Annarose, so they have plenty in common.ย 

Mesky’s mom, Claudia, was there as was Annarose’s friend and the friend they were staying with who was an exchange student and friend of Annarose’s in high school.

 

Then they FaceTimed Eby, who is a boy of few words, so the girls had to do nearly all the talking, but he was quite pleased.

This all speaks to me of God’s kindness in giving Meskyย and Eby this sweet connection. It’s so remarkable.

They were separated when their mother died. Mesky’s family knew about Eby, but had no idea where he was or if he was okay. We knew about Mesky but had no idea what had happened to her. Mesky was old enough to be very worried about her little brother.

God connected us in the most wonderful way.

You can read more of the story in these posts:

From Soddo to Italy to Idaho

Face to Face – From Italy to Idaho

Claire took some pictures of Ebenezer FaceTiming with his sisters, but it’s spring break and she is sleeping. When she wakes up, I’ll add one to this post!

This is our first day without rain so I’m taking Wogauyu to a friend’s grandparents’ house. They live on the bike trail and the boys are going to bike the morning away. We’re thankful for a morning without rain and mud!

Have a great day, friend.

Lisa

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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 TBRIยฎ 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.

14 Comments

  1. Emily
    March 16, 2017

    ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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    1. Emily and Ben
      March 16, 2017

      On my computer screen these look angrier than they did on my phone when I commented this morning. They’re supposed to be crying (as in, happy tears) faces…

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      1. Lisa Qualls
        March 17, 2017

        I knew what they were supposed to be!

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  2. Sarah
    March 16, 2017

    Wow, what a great story. That is an wonderful connection!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 16, 2017

      I’m still in awe ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Emily Wynsma
    March 16, 2017

    Also she looks so much like him!!!!!!!!! LOVE.
    Did he say anything about it later?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 16, 2017

      I know – so much! He says he would like to go to Italy to visit her.

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      1. Emily and Ben
        March 16, 2017

        Now that would be an amazing trip.

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  4. Laura
    March 16, 2017

    I shared this in the staff room at lunch and we all teared up. What an amazing day for the girls and Eby.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 17, 2017

      I love that, Laura.

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  5. Paula
    March 16, 2017

    I love witnessing the Hand of God at work. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 17, 2017

      Me too, Paula.

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  6. Charlene Williams
    March 18, 2017

    This is so Great, Lisa. Our stories parallel again. For the last 3 days we’ve had visitors from Austin, Texas. When we were in Soddo, we got information on my daughter’s half brother adopted 6 months after my kids came home. We got home and I googled the parents and found them. All he wanted for Christmas was plane tickets for the family to see us in Spokane. He also happens to be a cousin to my son. It feels like a miracle. All the feels.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 18, 2017

      That’s amazing, Charlene! I love the way God works.

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