Sunday, October 26, 2008

Wonder & Love

As the time goes by, I feel more and more connected to the little spirit that will be soon introduced as my daughter. I'm officially in the "ok, you really could get a call soon" window (in case you didn't notice, there's a ticker on the left side of this blog that is monitoring my wait time). But because I know some of the families ahead of me in the "wait", I'm pretty sure it will be another month until the life changing introduction.  This wait time I'm so appreciative of because nothing can describe the power of this wait. It's a time of great emotion, vulnerability, intention, reflection, learning, curiosity, wonder and love. I'm falling in love with her and Ethiopia during this wait.

The beautiful photo (below) is shot by Andarge Asfaw in his new Ethiopia photography book called ETHIOPIA FROM THE HEART. When Andarge Asfaw returned to his childhood home, Ethiopia, he had not been there for 27 years. What he experienced and photographed upon his initial return pushed him to get more involved in environmental work, and to use photography as his tool of choice.

Asfaw attended Cornell University and he is a graduate of Hallmark Institute of Photography. His work has been highlighted by Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Esquire and The Washington Post. Through exhibiting and lecturing about “Ethiopia from the Heart”, I hope to build a community that will support my future efforts to facilitate environmental stewardship in Ethiopia and in everyone’s own backyard. The more recognition the book gets, the stronger the message becomes. Book sales fund tree-planting in Ethiopia through Greener Ethiopia and Trees for the Future.  This photo is called "Running through the Fields".

I also wanted to feature this amazing form of Ethiopian Art - video storytelling that I found on youtube called I AM FROM THE SKY.  I've never seen anything like this, beautiful.


Heather said...

I am sharing your excitement, joy and anticipation! We are so happy for you and for your daughter... we can hardly wait to meet her! Hopefully next Monday we pass court and soon we will be in Ethiopia to hand deliver hugs and kisses to you little one! ;-)

Thanks for posting the video, really beautiful.

Churchman Fam said...

I am so excited for you and Liv. Your life will forever change. Happiness, joy, excitement, pure love for the miracle that is that is soon to by yours. Very soon! The day she calls you mommy will be one of the best moments of your life. I can't wait for the day she comes home. I get a new neice. I can't help but smile with excitement. love you