Guest Author: Learning Their Language

Hi, it’s Rusty today. I’m number 5 and eleven years old (for those of you that know me, that should be a sufficient hint of my real name ;-). I want to be able to keep Ethiopia as a very important part of my to-be brothers (possibly sisters), so since I’ve always wanted to speak a second language with someone, I decided to learn Amharic (the official Ethiopian language) and teach it to them as they grow up. Depending on their ages (probably infant and toddler), one of them might have some knowledge of Amharic.

I’m not sure why, but even though we don’t have siblings from Ethiopia yet, and I wasn’t born there, it feels as though Ethiopia has always been a part of me. As I search for a language course, I keep on thinking that Ethiopia is so much more than “part of Africa”, it is a place full of living, breathing people. A place in desperate need of our help. Ethiopia is a lot more to me than just a name; I feel a strong love towards this country.

I am excited about being part of this place. I can’t wait to share Ethiopian, and American culture with my brothers.

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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. Raskell Party of 8
    August 1, 2006

    That is a wonderful love you have for our children's culture. Thank you! Since we live in Spokane, you can teach my kids! They speak some Amharic, but mostly Wolaitan. Thank you for your post. Sandra Raskell

  2. Michael Plaza
    August 1, 2006

    Wow, Rusty! That is awesome! You will have to teach me a few words :-D.

  3. the fun of simply being me
    August 1, 2006

    Well if you learn it maybe you can teach me to say hi or bye or something


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