Tuesday, October 26, 2010

They are ours!

We picked up our kids this afternoon. Our agency's transition home staff said the kids were so excited about us coming. Apparently, they kept asking yesterday if our plane had landed yet. Then today they repeatedly asked when we would be arriving. The kids are doing so well. We spent quite a bit of time playing with them at the transition home. We even hung upside down from the jungle gym with them! After we brought them back to the guest house, we gave them showers and put on new clothes. They were so excited about their outfits, but the highlight for all was getting their own new shoes. They each smiled and said, "Thank you" as we gave them their shoes. They ate GREAT at dinner. We had chicken and rice. They all cleaned their plates and more. We are going to have to cook a LOT of food when we are home. Wish we could bring the cook here home with us. He is great! They were also surprised and excited at bedtime when we gave them pajamas to wear. Brennan cried at first because he thought we were taking away his new clothes, but was happy when we showed him they were on the couch. Jon read the Bible before bed. We brought the Amharic/English Bible we bought on our first trip. Blaize read some for us. He read John 3:16 and all the kids recited it together in Amharic. It was precious! They are all hard asleep now. The guest house staff put another bed in the room with Blaize and Brodie, so Ava is in there. They were so excited to all sleep in the same room. Brennan will sleep in a crib in our room. He was crying at bedtime, so we put him in our bed and he quickly fell asleep. We will move him in a few minutes. Tomorrow we get up early for our embassy appointment. Then we will do some sightseeing. Thank you to all for your continued prayers!


  1. Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! He did not leave us as orphans and you did not leave these four as orphans!! Enjoy the many "firsts." Can't wait to meet Blaize, Brodie, Ava, and Brennan in person ;)
    The Smiths (Keith, Alicia, Ruth, & Naomi)
    Have you spotted any future Smiths? :)

  2. I read this with tears in my eyes! What a sweet and precious time! I am praising God with you! Hallelujah!

  3. So excited for you all. Praying that the transition will be smooth and full of joy and laughter. Love, Cliff and Bobbie Fraine

  4. "Woo Hoo" as we would say at the preschool! I am so excited for you. Can't wait to see your entire big family all in one place. Have a great time this week and we will be praying for your return trip. We love you guys!

    Mark & Lisa