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.