Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A few photos

I know I need to get some more photos up here. The girls are sleeping early tonight. They saw the doctor today and got four shots and a blood draw each. They did great with all of that, but I think they were ready for bed when I put them down at 7:30 (didn't sleep until 8, but that is better than 9). Of course the Tylenol and Benadryl might be helping too. =)
So since they are sleeping and I have a few minutes, I will get a few pictures uploaded from our first days together in Ethiopia.

Here are the four of us together just minutes after we met. Their photobook seems to have been a sort of security blanket for them. It was so well-worn that I bought two new ones when we got home so they could each have one.

This is me and the girls with Sheka, the social-worker for CWA Ethiopia. She is a wonderful woman who the girls just adored.

Here are Kidist and Meskerem with two other girls who came from the same orphanage and were in the same room with them at the care center in Addis. The four of them got to talk on the phone this afternoon for the first time since leaving Ethiopia. It was so much fun to listen to them talk so excitedly in Amharic. I am hoping mine weren't complaining about me too much. I also got to have a long talk with the mother of these girls (we were all at the same guest house too) which was just as wonderful since we are going through a lot of the same stuff.
Looking at these, I can see that the girls have changed a ton just in the last few weeks. They have filled out and their hair has grown a ton.
Now, since they are still sleeping, I think I am going to go escape into a little television. Have a great evening.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

First Snow

So it snowed last night. The girls didn't even register that something was different until I told them to look out the window. They didn't seem to know what to think. So I suited them up in the winter coats I had for next year (read: too big) and let them out in it after breakfast. They didn't seem to mind it too much. Of course it wasn't as cold as it will be next winter so this was sort of a nice introduction.

Here's Meskerem:

and Kidist:
On another note, we went to the dentist for the first time today. The office was great with the girls and they were very cooperative in getting their x-rays done and teeth cleaned. Between them there are about a dozen cavities and we will start working on those in June. The dentist says that Meskerem is probably at least 6 1/2 and Kidist is 3 1/2, if not 4, based on their teeth.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rocking Chair

This may not look like much, but it is the BEST rocking chair in the world. It is solidly built and probably over 100 years old. My great-grandmother rocked my grandmother in it. She, in turn, rocked my father and his siblings and then she rocked her grandchildren in it. It hasn't been used much in the last 20 years, but I am making up for that now.
The last week or so has not been the easiest. But you probably guessed that by the lack of posts here. I do still plan to get more pictures of our Ethiopia adventure up here, but this seemed more important right now. I have been butting heads with both girls, but especially Meskerem since we got home. On an hourly basis I have to remind myself that loving these children is a choice I have to make and something I have to DO. It has NOTHING to do with what I may feel.
Today was another difficult day. I had several fights with Meskerem over probably stupid stuff (I can't remember what now), but after one of them she let me sit next to her and talk about what has happened to her in the last few weeks. Later this evening she got up to put something in her bed and then crawled back in my lap, put her arm around me neck and settled in for me to rock her to sleep. Sleep has been a tough issue the last few days. Meskerem usually just crawls in bed, pulls the covers over her head, and goes to sleep. Kidist wants to be rocked and rocked, all night long if possible. Tonight I got to have both girls comfortably in my lap. Thank goodness we have a sturdy rocking chair. I think more happened today than even I am aware of. I pray that God will continue to give me the wisdom to parent these children as He would have me do. I am so thankful for all the prayer and emotional support I am being given by all of you out there. There is no way I would be doing this if it wasn't for all of you.
One other thing, could you please pray for my dog (I know some of you may think that is silly, but she is important to me). I think she is a little more stressed out than I realized. She has been licking her nose and her mouth so much that both are chapped and peeling. If you know anything to help her with this transition, I am open to advice. Thanks again.