Friday, July 17, 2009

What will my part be?

I came across this video while blog stalking tonight. I don't have the words to explain what I am feeling after watching this. I'm in tears, wondering "what can I do?" "How can I help?" I know things like this happen all over the world, but does that mean I can turn a blind eye to it? We see so vividly because of all our modern technology. There is no excuse to say I didn't do anything because I didn't know. I DO know. And now that I know, I need to figure out what my part will be to help save these children.

As sad and horrifying as this video is, it is also so so beautiful. What the whole thing and you will find beauty in it. Not just horror, but honest to goodness beauty.

To Esther, Sam and my new hero Jane, my prayers are for you tonight. is very graphic and will surely bring you to tears....

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's Official and fun 4th of July weekend stuff

On Thursday, July 2nd, Sabah and I went to the Multnomah County Courthouse and she officially, OFFICIALLY became Sabah Isabella. The re-adoption ceremony was super quick and we were in and out of the courthouse in less than 15 minutes. This is the last piece of the adoption process. I now just wait for her Oregon birth certificate and then I can apply for her U.S. Passport. So exciting. We are planning on going to Manila next February or March with my sister and her family, and even though she could have traveled with her Ethiopian passport and greencard, it just makes me feel better that she will have her U.S. Passport in hand.

Tina and her boys joined us at the courthouse and then we all went out to breakfast to celebrate. After that, Sabah and I flew to Phoenix for a long weekend to welcome home my friend Mona and her daughter Janissa who arrived from Ethiopia. We also got a chance to see our friend Leah and her family. Leah and her husband Jon were in Ethiopia the same time I was and it was great to see her and let the girls play together again. And, as if that weren't enough, we also got a chance to meet my blog friend Joy, who also is with my agency and traveled to Ethiopia a week before I did. It was great to meet her and her ENTIRE family (all 10 of them) and of course let all the Toukoul babies play together. Thanks ladies for such a wonderful weekend.

Sabah in her re-adoption dress

Waiting for the Judge

The final adoption certificate

Flirting with complete strangers sitting across the aisle from us

Meeting Janissa for the first time

The Gang...Mona and Janissa, me and Sabah, Joy and Jeramiah (Josiah was asleep), Leah and Aslynn. These gorgeous babies were all at Toukoul at the same time and are all around one year old.

Janissa and Sabah....they are going to be the best of friends, even though they live in Orange County, CA. Looks like Southwest Airlines will be our new best friend.

The "girls" Sabah, Janissa, Aslynn

Sabah LOVED LOVED LOVED Mona's brother "Uncle Joe". Thanks Joe for including my daughter in your hugs and kisses.