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If you want to say "I love you" in Amharic -- the native language of Ethiopia -- you say Wed-de-halo.  Yesterday, we had the chance to say these words for the first time to a little boy who joins our family.

I've not posted about this fact prior, however the specific reason we've traveled to Ethiopia is to complete the adoption of our new son.  We started the process about a year ago and yesterday was the beginning of its fulfillment.  Dad (Ababa), Mom (Mama) and Sister (Enet), met our new family member for the first time at his care center in Addis Ababa.  The union was a joyful and powerful one.  Our son, being almost five, is very cognizant of his situation and of the adoption process.  Desite the unknown, he let go of his fears and greeted us with smiles, hugs and kisses.  We could do nothing but return the same.

Since the first meeting, we've been able to spend much time with him and have come to understand more of his background, cultural experience and personality.  He's willful, but quick to smile, loving, playful and very curious. In short, he's just like the rest of the family.

This morning, when a plane flew over head as we were playing with his new "kwas" (ball), he stopped pointed up and said: "Ae (look), airplane.  America."  He's ready to go and we're ready to have him home.

Adoption is not for everyone, however for us, union with this little boy has proven to be everything we had hoped for and more.  We welcome him to the family and look forward to giving him an upbringing that includes love, opportunity and boundless dreaming.

Adoption is a journey, not an event.  We're glad to be taking this journey and recommend others at least consider it.  For more information about adoption in Ethiopia, visit Children's Home Society & Family Services (CHSFS).  This agency has extremely high standards and has developed practices that are leading innovation in international adoption.

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Reading this Sunday morning, and it has MADE MY DAY. Welcome to the family, Deg. Blessings to you all!!
Cousin Patty
July 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpatty
What a nice reminder of our visit to read this again. He's a bright star in the family, that boy. xok8
October 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

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