Archive for May, 2009
Lots of current news with the kids:
- yesterday was Iona’s birthday party with family and friends. She had a bff over, Kiri, and other family and I got some pictures of the day.
- Today is 6 month Metcha Day Anniversary. I’ve really wanted to do a long form Gotcha Video for the 1 year anniversary and I’m thinking I may ask permission to use ‘Story of our Lives’ by the Echoing Green which would work fabulously for this and really thematically sums up our trip. Metcha Day is the day that we first met Iona; not gotcha which is tomorrow where we took her into our family permanently. Today is the day, 6 months ago, that we met her and played and then she stayed one more night at the TH until we picked her up the next day. I took the opportunity to catch some pictures of the kids playing this morning and eating breakfast. After seeing Lizz Wright’s Salt album, I’m discovering that Sepia is really friendly to Iona’s skin color; the shading that some of the shots produced is just beautiful.
Happy Birthday Iona! It’s only been six months since our little Nardos came into our life, but they have been a lifechanging 6 months. We have found that our family is more complete as a family of 4 (but maybe not complete yet ). Iona has fit our family so well and is so much a part of it with the laughter and joy she brings to our house.
Bringing Iona into our family has given us a broader view of the world and of God’s purposes in it and we are so thankful she is here and we have her as our daughter and sister.
There have been a number of changes in our house since little Iona has come. When we went to pick her up we assumed our little 6 month old would be passively lying about the Transition Home and, surprise, she wasn’t! We found out that she was already pulling up, crawling and intent on not stopping and she hasn’t since she’s been home. Now our little one year old is walking around dilligently, almost running (when she’s running away from mom and dad after she tried to open the cabinet she likes to open and gets in trouble when she does), and eats a full kid’s meal at McDonalds and is *mad* when we don’t allow her to eat something that she sees that she can’t eat. She also rocks dresses; I’m getting my mean dad face on that she’ll…probably….see….right…through.
Overall? I’m richer for having the privelege of being her dad.
We stopped by Sears today and they give a new option of buying the originals for whatever use you want and to reprint. Check out the gallery by clicking on the photo.
Also, speaking of photos, just saw http://www.awkwardfamilyphotos.com – *awesome*
We just found out that a mutual friend is raising money for our Adoption Agency, America World, who support a transition home for children who are headed towards being placed with their families.
There are a number of babies that have been brought to the transition home that are malnourished and require a special formula that they can digest.
Children’s HopeChest is a partnering agency with America World and is raising money to send this special formula to these children who need it.
For more information and an opportunity to give, check out this link: http://tomdavis.typepad.com/tom_daviss_blog/2009/05/urgent-need-forumla-needed-for-malnourished-babies-in-ethiopia.html