Home at Last

From Mimi:

Thanks to Sandra for taking these pictures of our parents’ arrival with Honeybee!

Here is the last email that my mother sent to us from Addis:

Subj: On Our Way Home

Hi Kids,

We are hanging out in the Cloud 9 business class lounge waiting to board our flight. Dad’s two trips to Ethiopia last year gave him Silver status on Ethiopian Airlines, so we are enjoying the perks – including internet!

We can hardly wait to be home – it is a long journey from here, but every minute gets us closer to all of you. Last night I dreamed that I was with all of you and Eby was kissing me with a sticky face – it was funny.

We’ll call you when we get to DC. We love you all so much.

We made one last trip to Little AHOPE this morning where we got to hold and love the newest little baby who is less than one month old. What a sweet little guy he is. We said goodbye and gave loves to all of the kids – I nearly cried when I left – I love those kids. To all of my friends with kids at AHOPE, I think I have photos for many of you and will try to send them out once I spend some time loving on my kids and getting Honeybee settled. Your kids are all wonderful.

We ran out to do one last bit of shopping, which was fun until I couldn’t find what I wanted, and when I did the shopkeeper was asking a ridiculous price. I finally found the same things for a much better price just a few doors down. We raced back to the guesthouse to begin packing and managed to finish only a little bit later than we had planned.

We spent the last two days with our friend, Getachew, as our driver. He is a wonderful, trustworthy man and has blessed us in so many ways. He is beginning a business offering 1/2 day, full day, and even two day trips for adoptive families. I think his services will be a great
help to visiting families because he knows all of the great places to go and he offers very fair prices. I will post more about him when we are home.

One of my favorite things we did yesterday – after God rescued us by making Honeybee’s visa come through – was visiting the weavers’ shop where we got to peer over their shoulders and watch then make beautiful, intricate designs. They are so talented. We were able to buy some of their work and had the extra pleasure of buying two things made by weavers who were in the shop at the time when I was purchasing them, so I got photos of them with the shawl and tablecloth.

Last night we had dinner with Hanna who has the ministry for orphaned girls, Children’s Heaven, and our very special friend, Mercy. We love this girl and are so happy to see her becoming part of Hanna’s program. This is the third time we have met Mercy and love her more
each time.

It is time to board our flight. I hope we sleep well!!


Thanks for stopping by my mom’s blog. Honeybee is having a great first day, and Mommy will post soon. If you haven’t seen the post below this one (with the pictures of my parents on the flight), you should take a look. It’s hilarious.


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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. Toiling Ant
    August 11, 2008

    That last picture brings tears to my eyes.

  2. G & K
    August 11, 2008

    Awesome! Everyone looks great in the family shot.

  3. Lori
    August 11, 2008

    Welcome home! I can’t wait to call you and catch up…but I’ll wait a few days and let you all settle in together.
    Love Lori

  4. Munchkins
    August 11, 2008

    Welcome home! Glad everything went well. Can’t wait to meet Honeybee!

  5. sar
    August 11, 2008

    Congratulations! Your family is beautiful and so sweet!

    My husband and I are just beginning our Ethiopian adoption, and it is so amazing to see when families are brought together like yours!

    I found your blog through your “forever day” slideshow, and have kept up ever since. Thank you for sharing and for all the love you have for these children!


    p.s. growing up, mom used to always sing “i love you, a bushel and a peck…”

  6. Andrea
    August 11, 2008

    Mimi thanks so much for posting again. I love the family picture

  7. Anonymous
    August 11, 2008

    WELCOME HOME! She is so beautiful and she looks really happy. Congratulations. I’d love to know about the weaver’s shop and your driver for when I’m in Addis – sounds wonderful. hibethany@hotmail

  8. Maia
    August 11, 2008

    What a beautiful family! Welcome Honeybee! Thanks for sharing.

  9. nosmallfeat
    August 12, 2008

    Welcome home to your ever expanding and ever beautiful family!

  10. Julee
    August 12, 2008

    Welcome Home! Your Honeybee is gorgeous she looks to happy to belong to such a wonderful family. I cried (again) to read your visit to Little AHOPE and the sweet baby. What a blessing you are to me!
    mommy to many
    including two waiting in Ethiopia

  11. Anonymous
    August 12, 2008

    Congartulations!! She is beautiful! What an amazing family!


  12. Brianna Heldt
    August 12, 2008

    GORGEOUS pictures! welcome home!!!

  13. Maria and Family
    August 13, 2008

    I am so happy for everyone !! B is just beautiful ! I LOVE the happy family pics 😉

  14. small world
    August 13, 2008

    We are so happy that your trip was successful and you are home safely with your newest daughter. We will continue to pray for all the adjustments in the next few weeks.
    Love, The VanWettens

  15. Anonymous
    August 13, 2008

    Alright – I’ve said the good kind things on the phone already, well – only some of them, many more to be had during the endless laundry sessions that await us both 😉 – and you know I almost never leave comments on your blog, because we talk before you even have a chance to see them….BUT……might I just add…..

    Nice Keens on Honeybee!!!!
    (I’m laughing out loud even as I type this! so funny.)

    We both know writing is wonderful, but nothing quite like pictures.
    Love K


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