Time came and went while my sister and her family waited.....
Exactly one year from the time I first saw him, I was back again with another OH team. I showed him pictures of his family he had never met.
Finally the day came. She had a court date and could travel to go meet her son in March. What a long awaited visit. But the hardest part was saying goodbye. It seems as soon as they got there they had to say goodbye and go home and wait for their Embassy appointment. She said it was the hardest thing of their lives....to have to wait all that time to meet your son, and then have to say goodbye.
But FINALLY the day came. She got the email. She could go pick up her son! So off to Ethiopia Kasey went last week and just arrived home with Lincoln Teddy this past Sat.
What a beautiful site it was to see my sister finally bringing her son home.
The crowd went nuts as you can imagine.
Daddy, sister and brother were the first to greet him. It was so precious.
He remembered his Daddy and went right to him. He finally has a Daddy!
Big sis couldn't take it any longer and had to scoop him up.
She spoke to him in Amharic and he answered her. He was glad to see such a familiar face :-)
Kasey's adoption makes 4 Ethiopian cousins adopted to me and two of my sisters. How special is that?
Special thanks to Kasey's friend support group for coming out to see Teddy home. Friends are an important support during the wait time of an adoption.
One more beautiful family complete through adoption! What a beautiful thing!!
I want to take a moment and show you some sweet faces who have also come home this year from Ethiopia whom I had the pleasure of meeting and advocating for and then the absolute joy of seeing them get adopted! God is good. What a great year it has been!
First my sister found her son in Ethiopia in December of last year. He was sick and in need of surgery.
She had this immediate connection.
Now he is home, healthy and a beautiful boy enjoying his Mommy, Daddy, and 5 siblings.
I had the pleasure of meeting the Culberson family at the airport. I had advocated for their daughter for a long time as I watched her sit on the wait list. I was so thrilled to see little Miheret again (I think they named her Lucy). She is simply beautiful. They are blessed.
I have blogged about the Flores fam before. They are doing great with their two new little ones.
There are more but these are the pics that I had handy at the moment.
I want to leave you with one of my favorite little guys. I also met Getu in July of 2010. He had been on the wait list for a couple of years. I immediately started advocating for him in our waiting children to try to get him a family.
He had many friends at the orphanage and was always such a joy.
His smile could light up a room. I wanted him to find a family so bad! I took the pics below on my trip in July of 2010.
Then again in December as he still waited....this video and at the end you can see me tell him that he has a family. It was the highlight of my trip and such a blessing for this little boy who had waited for what seemed like forever for a family.
Finally he had a mother....
And a brother...
Then there is the dreaded day that his family has to go back to America and he is left there to wait for them to return. I REALLY don't like this part of the adoption process. It is so hard on the children and the family. You can already see the look of uncertainty in his face as he has to prepare to say goodbye.
We now pray and wait for the day that they get that word..."Go get your son!" They are anxiously waiting for that day to come. We pray it comes quickly. You can read the full story on their blog HERE. Thank you, Archie Family, for stepping up to the call of adoption of an older child. We can all see how much it means the world to him to have a family.
We also remember all the children who are left behind and most are not adoptable.
We also are so thankful that Betty and Mahlet have found a family, as well as a sibling group of 4 I had advocated for and many others. We pray them all home to their forever families very soon.
ADOPTION. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING!