Packing for Ethiopia


Honeybee and I are packing for her big trip. She leaves for Ethiopia bright and early on Sunday morning. I am very sad that I am not traveling with her, along with my friends Signe, Michele, and Heather. Signe’s husband, Rick, is driving them to Seattle early in the morning to catch an afternoon flight that will take them to Frankfurt and then on to Addis Ababa.

Honeybee can think of nothing but her trip and wants me to do the same…which is a little challenging given that I have ten other children. She has been counting down the days for the last few weeks and is beside herself with excitement.

Yesterday I printed photos for Honeybee, Dimples, and Little Man’s families that are now neatly arranged in small albums. Honeybee is particularly excited to give her grandmother the pictures. I shopped for small gifts, bought “just add water” foods, chocolate (of course), and hair care supplies. I also got a shirt for Jubilee (Honeybee’s friend who is coming home with her new mom, Signe) that matches Honeybee’s, a sleep cap for Jubilee, and two fun card games for the girls.

After searching high and low, I finally found a small, round locket to put photos of Russ and me in for Honeybee to wear while she is apart from us. A friend asked if I am worried about her attachment to us and whether she will want to stay in Ethiopia. I confidently said, “No, we want to encourage her relationships with her extended family and friends.” But deep in my heart…there is an inkling of insecurity. It flits through my stomach every once in awhile, and my mind rushes to anxious thoughts. Yet I believe with all my heart that maintaining her love for Ethiopia and her family is the healthiest and best thing for Honeybee. I only wish I could be with her.

Back to packing!

~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 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.

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  1. Anonymous
    January 8, 2010

    Love begets love. When you encourage Honeybee to be more and more loving to the people in her extended family, she will also feel more love for you.

    And as much love as she feels for her grandmother, you are still her darling Mommy.

    Love,
    Mimi

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  2. Sophie Neri
    January 8, 2010

    You are a brave soul for letting her go without you, I give you alot of credit, but I also admire you for the support and encouragement you are giving her.
    Blessings 🙂

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  3. mom2rebels
    January 8, 2010

    Praying for her and for you! I can imagine how much you want to be with her, and I am blessed by your willingness to let her "fly" despite that.

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  4. Adoption Advocates International
    January 8, 2010

    what can i say…you are amazing and doing just the right thing for her. i am in awe.

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  5. darci
    January 8, 2010

    You are such a good mommy! praying for her and you-I wish you could go, but it is so great that you are blessing her trip. I am so excited for her and I will pray that God's presence is felt by both of you. 🙂

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  6. Ann
    January 8, 2010

    Godspeed Honeybee! May your trip be etched in your memory forever!

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  7. PastorMac's Ann
    January 9, 2010

    Amazing, Lisa. Praying for you both. May this trip brings you two unexpected and amazing blessings in abundance. Next time – you'll go together!

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  8. Kathrin
    January 9, 2010

    I hope Honeybee has an amazing trip. Lisa, I do understand you. Everything will be fine.

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  9. Mamita J
    January 9, 2010

    I am so excited for Honeybee! I am praying that it is a healing journey and that she grows in love for both you and her first family.

    Lisa, I'm also praying for you, as you let her go do this. It's tough on a mama.

    God bless you, Honeybee!

    Love,
    Julie

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