Wednesday, June 3, 2009

WE HAVE OUR TWINS!!!

I AM POSTING FOR PAULA!!
We have been in Ethiopia for four days now, but we have been having a lot of trouble accessing the internet and specifically emailing this site.  Sorry about the delay in posting!  We were able to visit the twins for the first time on Sunday.  We saw them as soon as the car pulled up to the building... so tiny!  It's hard to believe by looking at them that they are five years old.  We were swarmed by kids as soon as we got out of the car, and it was fun to see how many we recognized.  They were so surprised when we called them by name.  We took pictures of all the kids, passed out some care packages, played, played, played...  The twins were so proud to pass out suckers to all of the kids, it was really cute.  We decided to wait and bring the twins with us later in the week as sort of a transition.  On Monday we went back, and the twins were much more relaxed and themselves.  They called me mommy and Tom daddy and remembered Kenneth, Emily and Anna's names.  Our big kids played games with them and everyone was having such a great time.  This time there were tears when we left.  Very hard for us!  However, we came back after naptime bearing gifts of Barbies, and all was good again.  Tuesday we did some shopping before going back to the orphanage. Selam and Fikir were thrilled to see us, as were various other children that just love the attention of an adult.  So many beautiful children.  We were treated to some cute songs and dances by the kids and a coffee ceremony by the adults.  I thought the twins would be reluctant to leave their friends, but after suckers and hugs all around, they hopped right into the van as if to say "get moving!" Their first night with us went without a hitch... dinner, no problem; bath, check; bedtime, they slept like logs.  May this honeymoon last forever.  :)  I think we got pictures of all the kids.  Cara, I got lots of your boys together.  Gina, I am going to check the camera and make sure I got your baby and if not we'll go back and get some.  We have our embassy appointment today.  We are tired and ready to come home.

10 comments:

Kristen said...

Praise the Lord! What a wonderful post! I am so happy for all of you! Mommy & Daddy... what sweet words to hear!
Can't wait to see pics.
Safe travel home! Can't wait to hear your feet are firmly back on NE soil!

Jen Stutzman said...

I am just so thrilled to be reading this. my name is Jen Stutzman and we are adopting a sibling group of three. Adenech, Abreham and Petros. Praise the Lord for what God is doing. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Jen Stutzman said...

I just read that your home is NE. my husband and i are from Nebraska. I grew up in Hastings and he grew up in LIncoln. That is so awesome!!!

E Lohroff said...

Amen to "may the honeymoon last forever"!!!!!

I'm so excited for you :-)

Emily said...

Yay for good news! So excited for you all!

steffany said...

I can't wait to hear all about it.
for some reason I can only read the first sentence of the post!

Jennifer said...

Yes!! I've been stalking your blog for word of the girls .....yes!!!!!! Sounds like it's going SO well! Can't wait to hear more!
Jenny

Becky and Naing said...

I'm so glad to hear it is going well. I hope the embassy appointment goes well and you have a safe uneventful trip home.

Gina said...

Woo Who!!!! I am so happy for your family. How exciting that the girls have already connected with you family immediately. Enjoy every minute of it. Thank you for keeping in touch and letting us know how the trip is going. Travel safe. My friends and co-workers are praying for you. Thanks for checking in on Yoseph!

Janet said...

Paula - I've been really enjoying reading your updates. They remind me of Jeff and Julie's experience. I'm so happy all is well and you have your two sweet little girls. I can't wait to read about how the trip home goes and see pics of the new family! Take care, Janet