Four Years – plus Four Kids – Forever

Departing Addis with Eby and Little Man - March 2007

Today is our fourth Forever day with our four children!  Four years ago today, we met them, at two different orphanages, with two different agencies processing our adoptions of three of our children.  We met Honeybee that day as well, but had no idea she would later become our daughter.

Isn’t it amazing to consider the way we plan, and prepare, and think we are in charge of our own lives, only to look back and see that we could not have planned this is we had tried?

Thoughts for Wednesday

Last night Little Man was eating ice cream at the kitchen island.  He looked at Russ and said, “Daddy when you grow up you’re going to be a grandpa.”

We laughed and laughed.  Little Man brings so much joy to our lives.  He can get some major attitude going too, but we don’t mind — unless we are sleep deprived.

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It’s already mid-afternoon and the day has flown by.  It started early when I woke at 4:00.  I tried to go back to sleep but finally got up and began working on a project that had been sitting at the top of my list, but required more time and attention than I could manage with the kids present.

When Mommy is Sick, by Honeybee

Five of my six beautiful daughters — with Honeybee in the middle.

I asked Honeybee if she wanted to write about how she feels when I am sick to help other mothers understand how their children might feel.  This is what she wanted to share with you.

When Mommy is sick I feel sad and have bad feelings. I am afraid that she will die because my Mom died before by getting sick.  When Mommy tells me she only has a cold, I just feel madder because it just reminds me more that she might die.  It doesn’t matter that it is only a cold.

Books, Brianna, Babies

Yes, I stole this from Brianna's blog. They just look so cute.

Yesterday brought the stomach flu and today brought recovery.  Sunshine greeted me with a big smile this morning and said, “Mommy, I’m all better!”  The day has been filled with warmth, sunshine, playing outside, two phone calls from friends, a visit from another, and some especially encouraging words.  I also thoroughly cleaned my kitchen (while talking to a friend), put laundry away, and tidied up my room. It feels good, very good.

I also have happy news to share.  My friend, and co-worker at From HIV to Home, Brianna, is in the process of adopting two little sweethearts from Ethiopia.  Both of the little girls have Down Syndrome.

From Soddo to Italy to Idaho

Eby in Addis - March 2007

I am amazed by God.  Truly amazed, and I’ve got a great story to share with you!

When Russ and I adopted Eby, we knew he had an older sister.  She was seven years older than Eby and they had lived together with their mother in Soddo.  We traveled to Soddo on our first trip to Ethiopia and learned that following their mother’s death, the children had been separated and M. (I’ll abbreviate her name) went to an orphanage nearby. We were told that she was then transfered to an orphanage in Addis and adopted by an Italian family.

Madison's Run

Not many teens get up on a hot Saturday morning and run 12 miles in preparation for a  race to benefit orphans.  My friend, Signe, has a wonderful daughter who is running a half marathon to raise money for HIV+ children in Ethiopia.  Specifically, she is hoping to provide a refrigerator for Lola orphanage and  fund a grant for the adoption of an older HIV+ child.

You can donate to her cause with a few clicks through Network for Good.  I finally made my donation this morning — with only one week to go until her race, don’t delay if you feel prompted to encourage her and support her cause.  Let’s make sure Madison has great success as she chooses to love others more than herself.

This is what Madie had to say on August 2nd (I stole it from her mom’s blog):

“Hey everyone, it’s Madie. I am half way through my training, which means race day is only a month from now. I have raised $220, and I am very grateful to the people who donated and are supporting me in this run. Thank you!

I am running this race because I want to help kids in Ethiopia who don’t have lots of the things they need to live. I have not been to Ethiopia, but I have two adopted siblings that I love very much, and it makes me sad to know that there are many sweet children just like them who don’t have homes or family to love them.  While doing my 10 mile run the other day I kept telling myself the goal is to finish without stopping. And then I realized that we often set goals for ourselves, and we think about our future. But these kids don’t really worry about what college they are going to or what they want to be when they grow up, they think of how they are going to get through this day.  Someday I hope to go to Ethiopia and actually give some of my time to these kids and help them in their schooling, so that they can set goals for themselves and become doctors or therapists or what ever they choose. My goal for this race is to raise money to help these kids so that they can have a brighter future. ~ Thanks, Madie”

If you would like to donate to Madie’s run you can send a check to From HIV to Home, PO Box 19212, Denver, CO 80219, or give online through the Network for Good page. Let them know it is for Madison’s run.

You can read more about her run on this update and be sure to follow Signe’s blog as race day approaches.

~Lisa