Face to Face – From Italy to Idaho

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.”

He smiled.

#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.


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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. Traci
    December 6, 2011

    We are really in the thick of the pain and loss that come with adoption, so this sweet story of God's mercy lifts my heart. Thank you.

    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 6, 2011

      Traci, I'm so glad it encouraged you and I'm sorry for the struggles – I am praying for you right now, that the Lord would come to your rescue and bring you relief.

  2. kcac6
    December 6, 2011

    that is soooo wonderful. how i wish ellie had some connection, or some way of knowing ANYTHING about her biological family. God knows why, though, and so I will trust HIm. so happy for Eby!!!!

  3. kcac6
    December 6, 2011

    sorry, that's from Kelli Couch (kcac6)

  4. Heidi
    December 6, 2011

    Oh Lisa, this made me cry – happy tears, of amazement and gratitude. How great is our God.

  5. darci
    December 6, 2011

    such a beautiful story! Praise God for the miracle of them finding each other again.

  6. Emily
    December 6, 2011

    🙂 So so good.

  7. Marissa
    December 6, 2011

    This just draws me in to the majesty of God. Wow!

  8. Mary
    December 6, 2011

    Wonderful! We really couldn't dream up all the ups and downs and surprises along the way. I'm happy for Ebby, Mesky and you today :).


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