Final Photos from Soddo

Here are some final photos from our trip to Soddo. The first four are from the CWA care center.

The nannies were very happy to receive these beautiful flannel blankets which were donated by the Oki Foundation. Some of the cribs had only plastic coverings rather than sheets, so we had a wonderful time putting a new blanket over each mattress.

One of W.’s nannies – the women love the children so much. When we were in the baby room, the nanny showed me which crib had been E.’s. When I asked which crib W. had slept in, she gestured toward the twin bed and said that he slept with the nanny.

Here we are with some of the wonderful Soddo staff.

Some friends donated this pop-up tunnel which the kids loved. Here is E. crawling out of it.

Here are some women we met in the town who wanted to admire our beautiful baby. Behind us you can see a home with a partial gate in front of it.

I loved this guy with the chickens.

Downtown Soddo.

Two lovely Ethiopian people we met.

Traditional houses we saw on our drive to and from Soddo.

Thanks for stopping by.


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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. Renee
    September 9, 2007

    One of our sons is from Soddo. I love to look at pictures of what it’s like there.

    You have a lovely Blog.


  2. Laura
    February 26, 2008

    Thanks for posting these pics. It is so amazing for me to see pictures from our son’s birthplace.



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