We have been home three weeks now and although I have to keep remembering, that really isn't very long, it still is beginning to seem at times that we have had Beti and Haile for way longer then that. I am starting to see glimpses of the beauty of adoption. When he hugs my neck tight at night when I am tucking him in, when she comes up and gives me a bear hug and says, "Love you" with her Amharic accent. :-) How she will snuggle with us both on the couch to watch a movie, or rock with me on the front porch in my lap. Haile's way of really wanting to learn all that he can and his true love for the game of soccer. How he greets close friends and family with a bear hug. All of these things are things that I hang on to during the more difficult moments, like the whining, crying big tears, or begging. Those times when I feel like trying to parent eight kids is something that takes the patient's of a saint (which I don't have by the way). Someone is always needing me, needing something, saying, "MOM". But at the end of the LONG day, when I crawl into bed, totally exhausted in every sense of the word, and wondering how tomorrow will go, I pray that He will continue sustaining our family and I just know that He will. My faith and trust is in the Lord and that is who allows us to keep on working and growing. He got us to this point, He won't let us go.
I would say that right now, my biggest issue is fear.
Fear is defined as:
This week was a great time of bonding and rest. We just got home from a week away as a family. We get the privilege each year of going out to Antelope, Oregon to Washington Family Ranch with Young Life and I am the camp nurse there, so our family goes free. It is a total blessing and a vacation for us! Here are some pictures of the week we just spent there. IT WAS HOT- 103 for most of the week, but we had a good time of bonding and it was SO great to have Adam there with me and helping me all week! We had a couple adoptive parent's there that said they couldn't believe that the kids had only been home a little over two weeks, that they seem to be so well adjusted and doing great. This was a great encouragement to us! Haile's English is fairly good and he seems to be smart. He already is counting money, writing things in English and trying to learn. We feel these are good signs. Here are pictures from our Young Life week-
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