Getting Ready

January 11, 2012

So. I’ve shared most of my emails detailing our court trip in November. We are still laughing, crying, sharing our experiences. It changed us, but I think life has a way of creeping back in. It will have to be an on going reminder. It will take more visits, our hearts have a way of creeping back to old hiding places. Places such as envy, greed, jealousy, pride, self. At least mine does. To be honest, mine can much quicker than I’d like to admit.

Anyway, the second leg of this journey is about to begin. The journey to bring her home. In 4 days time (on my big baby girls 13th birthday) I board a plane to Ethiopia to take custody of my daughter. I am anxious, scared, overwhelmed, and thankful. I have been so blessed by friends and family who will love and care on my big “babies” while I am gone. Josh is manning the fort until we officially “clear” (not sure why I’m using so many quotations) then hopping on a plane to join me. We are praying this is sooner than later.

Because of the generosity of so many I will be taking money to buy basketballs, a suitcase full of soccer balls, dodge balls, jump ropes, air pumps, needles, hand sanitizer, and diapers. Some very amazing kids held bake sales to raise funds, part will be spent on humanitarian aid, the other to provide a special meal for the women who care for Melawit (most of these women aged out of the orphanage themselves. It’s one of the main things I love about Gladney).

I feel a little selfish, it is because of so many that I love and so many that love Melawit (before we even knew her) that this whole journey has been possible. I get to be a “hero”, but these things have come from the compassion and generosity of others.

My desire for this blog has been to keep a record, or love letter if you will, for Melawit. Along the way, I’ve been blessed for others to write “chapters” in her story.

So, I’m not sure I’ll be able to update this thing from Ethiopia. I will keep our status posted on Facebook. Please pray that the 6 of us will be united sooner than later, actually first pray I actually make it there by myself, then that we’re united. I can’t wait to share the end of this part of our journey!




  1. Praying that your time with Melawit will be amazing & that you’ll clear Embassy soon. So excited for your family to finally be united.

  2. Can’t believe you are leaving in TWO days! You are definitely on my prayer list. You’ll be holding Melawit soon!!

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