Thursday, August 21, 2008

Just What This M.O.M. Needed

Several weeks ago I found another family (actually in our area of the state!) who is adopting a precious Minte. So, she and I have been emailing back and forth and have begun calling ourselves "M.O.M.'s" for "Mom of Minte." Isn't that fun? Please pray for her. She's over there now, by herself, having flown over with her oldest son to join up with Minte and wait for the baby to pass court. Her husband will be joining them soon. I wanted to mention her and link her blog so that you could join me in praying for them. Their Embassy appointment did not go well yesterday (which very well could've happened to us if our case worker hadn't caught the age discrepency in our file at the embassy).

On our end, we have been contacting the National Visa Office every day this week, and my proactive and awesome husband even contacted our congressman's office yesterday. Please pray that the visa office would send the appropriate addendum to the US Embassy in Ethiopia quickly. We cannot book airfare until we know this is taken care of. And it's time. It's time to bring him home.

So, here's what I got this week. So fun!!

These are his school books for third grade. It's hard to tell in the picture, but they are about the size of composition books, and each are FILLED with writing. Lots and lots of copying and writing. All subjects. All I could think as I thumbed through them was that if Kyle had to do that much copying for school his arm would fall right off. Wow.

Isn't this fun? This DOES look like a 3rd grader's notebook, for sure! Lots of doodles.

For the most part it is in Amharic, of course. I am impressed! It looks like he has neat writing. :)

Some of his work is in English. One word in particular caught my eye. Look at number 3 above. He had no idea when he wrote that word months ago that he had one. And she's getting there as quickly as she can!!!

We haven't had time to capture the video and edit it, but I just had to show you some glimpses of him finding out about us.

This is a little boy reacting to the news that he has a family. He is crying tears of joy and Tegist (the director of his orphanage) is lovingly wiping the tears from his eyes.

Here he is, seeing the faces of his new mom and dad for the first time. I have watched this over and over, trying to imagine what must have been going through his mind. This is amazing to me.

Here is his big smile after he had gone through the whole book of pictures and it was given to him. I imagine the news was still sinking in!

This is the part that makes me stop breathing. He looks right at the camera and says, in English, "Mom? Dad? Thank you so much."

Yes, it's time. It's time to bring him home.


The Lloyd Family said...


So Exciting!

I can't imagine how you are going to get a THING done now that you have so much of HIM to look at and touch.

Jill said...

That just gave me chill bumps! I am so excited for your family. It is time to go get him!

We just heard yesterday that family friends are going back to China to adopt again, a six yo boy. God is so good!

Tricia said...

Well, there went my day. I'm a heap over here. A complete mess.!!! IT'S TIME!!

Jill said...

My heart is bursting with joy and thanksgiving for the life of your sweet Minte. I cannot even formulate another intelligent thing to say. It is all too much (goodness)!

Susanne said...

Now that just made me cry with happiness for him and for you!

Alycia said...

OH, my goodness Cyndi. This post and pictures took my breath away. I am sitting her with tears in my eyes just absorbing your precious sons faces in each picture. It is time to go bring him home and I know that day for you and Minte cannot come fast enough. My prayers are being said for a speedy trip and the paperwork needed to be done. God Bless

D said...

Oh wow. I can't wait to be at the airport when he get home.

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

tears...tears..of joy for you and your family. This is so wonderful and I am so glad you are sharing the journey with us.

His writing and his face is so precious and I imagine you can't wait to hold it in your hands.