Russ and K. On Their Way Home

Last time we were in the airport in Addis,we looked like this. My blog is becoming thoroughly confusing as I try to write about both trips, but I don’t have a photo of R and K together yet, and it just seemed that this post needed a photo. When this photo was taken, an American man who was also an adopting father, came up to us and said, “This looks like a perfect picture moment. Would you like me to take one of you?” I’m so glad he did because I love this image of us just before we left Ethiopia.

Russ and K. should be heading to the airport soon. I tried to call them yesterday morning and evening, and again this morning, but the calls won’t go through. I’ve missed talking to Russ!

Their flight leaves Addis at 10:15 PM, refuels in Rome, and lands in DC at 8:10 AM. They have a layover until 1:40 and fly to JFK where they have another layover. At 4:40 they depart for Seattle, and then have one more flight before they get home. We will pick them up at 10:30 Friday night after their very long journey.

The kids and I are excited to go get them! This morning E. saw K.’s picture on the computer and said her name. He is going to be so happy to have her here.

A friend came over yesterday and helped me sort through all of the spring/summer clothes for C. and K. They wear the same size, although K. is very slender, so pants and shorts that were slightly smaller went into her drawers. One of my handy sons fixed a dresser for me so I didn’t have to buy a new one. Now K. has a pretty bed and a dresser with her clothes in it – we are just about ready. If only I had an Ethiopian restaurant nearby so I could have some injera and other familiar foods for her, but I think the nearest one is five hours away.

Only 25 hours and they will be in the US. I look forward to hearing Russ’ voice once they get through immigration and customs.

I’ll post more soon.


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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. NathanA
    May 18, 2007

    Praying for their safe and speedy return home…


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