Kidd Ethiopia Adoption

Click HERE to watch us getting Endale at the orphanage

Click HERE to watch us getting Gabrielle at the orphanage

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

We made it through our embassy appt.!!!

Great news! We had our embassy appointment today and got through just fine. I was feeling so nervous and sick to my stomach regarding what the Wests and Cordells have been going through, but by the Grace of God we made it!! I am asking for prayer for both those families as they are feeling stuck and probably scared as far as how long they must stay. They are all working so hard for them I have faith they will get home soon.

We are doing so great here, and absolutely taking it all in. I think it will take me years to process and try to describe everything that has happened so far, needless to say, it has been life changing already. The people are amazing and the amount of situations and experiences that are heart touching and heart wrenching are endless. Several moments stand out in my mind- one I will never forget was pulling up to the transition home. The intensity and nerves in that van could have run it without diesel. Before we went in we all held hands and prayed, a moment I will NEVER forget. As the doors opened and the parents of the older children walked in, all you could hear was "mommy", "daddy"......again a sound I will never forget. These children came running into their parents arms and never turned back, they now had a mommy and daddy and the smiles have been endless ever since.

We each got to take turns as our babies were brought out. As if we were not already in tears with our hearts swollen to the most, after witnessing the older children, God continued to swell our hearts with love and gratitude as we watched each family united with their babies. Again, a moment I will never forget.

Yesterday we got to go back and get our children for good, again- amazing! Just as I think I have pulled myself together this week, another life moment gets us. Saying good-bye to the nannies, the gate man, the nurse and the older children who are staying was almost more than I could take. The gate man LOVES Selam/Gabrielle and she "lit up" whenever he was near. I did not know at one moment what she was so excited about, she started smiling and wiggling and waving her little hands and feet. I looked over and the gate man and he was snapping and smiling at her. I cant recall his name right now, but we recorded him giving Gabrielle a video message that was being translated so she can always remember him. He was like a daddy figure to her and he cried when we said good-bye. He told her his hope was that one day he would see her again. Summed up- It was wonderful, beautiful and heart-wrenching, all at the same time. Tears of joy, tears of
compassion, tears of gratitude, tears of sadness, and tears of hope.

Since then we have gotten to spend time with our little girl. She is the sweetest little thing. She smiled and giggled for us yesterday AND started babbling- which they told us she did not do at the transition home. She is such a baby to us, and can already see her progress and personality coming out. She is a treasure and a love, and she is already so attached to us. AMAZING! Oh, and did I mention how beautiful she is? Those eyes and that little mouth and her hair!!! I love it all.

So, here we are today, blessed by a success at the embassy and looking forward to tomorrow where we get to go to the orphanage she was first brought to. Also we are going to see a dear friend of ours little boy. They were referred him several weeks ago and he was moved to their transition home with another agency. We get the privilage of bringing him the first coorespondance from his family, a letter, a photo album and the amazing news that he indeed has a family who wants him and already loves him sooooooo much! This should be another one for the books!



Thanks for the update! It is such an emotional time isn't it? Happy to hear that you are all doing well and that your embassy appt was a smooth process!
Take care and enjoy! Can't wait to hear about your Kids Care visit!

Love ya,

Mark Redfern said...

oh, THANK-You, Andrea!! It's truly precious to read every word you just wrote. I'm thrilled to hear it all! And I'm so excited for you guys--Praise GOD for His limitless goodness!! Enjoy your remaining few days.


Sherry said...

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. I read many of your words through tears! Gabrielle is so beautiful! What a blessing that God has placed in your arms forever!

Blessings! - Sherry Semlow

Jori said...

I can't even imagine!! My heart is so there and I am already try to process all that will take place that week of our lives! WAY over-load I am sure! So glad you are all doing well, God is so GOOD!
Blessings, Jori

the Steiger's said...

Congratulations. I am so glad everything is going well. I know what you mean. I am still processing our trip.

stacy said...

Wow guys! This day has come. What an amazing picture of you holding Gabrielle for the first time. Your expression is priceless. We are so thrilled for you both. Isabelle came to play today they had a blast. We talked all about her new little sister. Travel safely and we will see you on Monday.

Dietrich & Amy Lusse said...

Oh Andrea & Pete!! Amazing! Simply amazing! Praise be to God for this time in your lives. How wonderful! :)
With love & prayers,

shawn and tisha said...

Congratulations!! I'm so glad you made it through the embassy appointment! Thank you for sharing what you're experiencing. :)

Cindy Foote said...

Andrea - it's amazing what God shows us through adoptiong -then add international travel and BAM - you've been changed forever. May the images you've seen, the sounds you've heard never leave your memory.

The Footes

Apryl said...

Congratulations Kidds! So glad that everything is going well. I echo your sentiments about the entire experience in ET. If you remember the gate man's name, drop me a line--he was a sweet guy who spent a lot of time with Fetya.

enjoy tomorrow!

Danielle said...

Thank you, Andrea, for the beautiful reflections and news! I LOVE the pictures with Gabrielle and the nanny (?) and you. Praise God you passed the embassy appt.


Kiki:) said...

Ohhhh...I'm weeping reading your precious journal of what happened @ TH. Its truly breathtaking seeing her pictures with you & Pete holding her. She looks soooo beautiful in your arms. THank you for sharing intimate stories of the people there who loved GG with all their hearts. It is the trip of a lifetime!!!
We continue to pray for your family!! Thank you for loving Zoie and taking lots of beautiful pictures for us. She looked so precious in your arms, too Aunti Rea Rea!!