November 30, 2008
Ab saw them in the field and yelled... "I want to drive that one. Big one! No thank you for help!"
Well , when we got in the barn, the confidence wore off a little. He was a little intimidated and didn't like it when they stopped or neighed.
Here is Rachel loving on one of them.
Ready to go! He was pretty comfortable in the seat!
November 25, 2008
We went to WV with family friends to a mountain cabin..Ab got his first experience with snow..Here is a video of him.... When he pointed he said 'momma , looks like Ethiopia'. He thought the mountains looked like Ethiopia (minus snow of course!)
I"ll post some more pics later..
November 24, 2008
He was crying for his mom (more sobbing) and he missed her. I asked him what he missed.....His answers? Her fixing him breakfast in the morning (which consisted of bread and dipping it in something red ???) Her walking him to school and the times that she played with him. He also misses his dad giving him money occasionally to buy him a chocolate.
What does this show me? It's the simple things that make our children feel loved. Sometimes we feel we have to 'do' so much to show love. What he misses is the day to day life with his family and their love being showed in those things.
Please continue to pray for us. I plan to email the social worker today to ask some questions on different things that concern me. Also pray that God will give us wisdom, consistency, love from Him, and compassion for Ab's hurt.
November 23, 2008
I cannot even beginto describe the emotions I felt holding this precious boy in my lap and having him sob for his mother, wanting him to feel better but knowing that there was absolutely really nothing that I could do to make that hurt go away. I can comfort him but even that seems pale in light of what he is feeling.
But I do know that God is the comforter of the comfortless and that He can comfort way beyond my feeble attempts.
November 18, 2008
See my link Terrify No More for more information or the video Just Courage to the right of my page.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this....We HAVE made a difference. All glory to God!
November 13, 2008
Pics taken mid-May (our referral pics)
Picture taken by a traveling family sometime in early July
Picture taken at home about a month ago
November 12, 2008
One day the bathroom sink was stopped up. I checked it out and there was toilet paper and chewed gum stuffed down the drain. Ab had been sticking bathroom trash in it. He thought it was just the same as the toilet.
I came to the bathroom one night and he was cupping water in his hands and putting down the cabinet, which was covered with spit. He had missed the sink spitting and his way of cleaning up was to cup water and pour it over it.
He is amazed at the things we throw away. He is constantly checking out the trash and retrieving special things out of it!
He stands up to wash in the bathtub...He is used to standing in a round tub to get clean.
Standing in line...just plain doesn't get it that you get behind the last person...working on that one.....
He is so used to roaming around a neighborhood or compound that he doesn't understand why he has to let us know or ask and not just taking off and doing what he wants.....
On another note:
Josh gave him a piggy bank this week and Ab told us he was going to fill it with money so that he can take us all to Ethiopia. He misses Ethiopia. He doesn't say it much but he constantly talks about taking us there....I'm just glad he wants us to still go with him!
November 9, 2008
November 6, 2008
When I asked him what he would eat in Ethiopia and he told me bread dipped in water and then 'it was finished, no more food'
He tells me that the older boys in his neighborhood would hit him and kick him when he was crying and grab him by his coat.
That he continually thinks we are cheating him with something...whether it is books, food or attention.
When he asks to get on the plane and for our whole family to go Ethiopia.
When he gets a far away look in his eyes and I can tell he's thinking about home.
When he tells me about when he was taken to the orphanage.
When I think about his family must feel.
When I think about all the other children still needing a home in Ethiopia and all over the world.
When I think about the other orphanage we visited and how they just looked so lifeless and sad.
When I think about all the people in Ethiopia struggling for jobs, food, and just the basic necessities of life. When I think of how they are forced to make decisions that I can't even begin to fathom.
When I think of how often I just turn a blind eye to the pain and suffering of the world.
November 1, 2008
And then they begin to multiply! Oh...I am so loved :)