I've decided to grow our family by adopting a toddler boy from Ethiopia. I must start the process over so this will probably be another year and a half before we meet him but I'm thrilled and can't contain myself any longer. MUCH MORE TO COME.
One of his names will be Yared.
Yared (amharic meaning "sent from heaven" since my dad will be a main factor in this ;)
and to the right is St. Yared
Saint Yared (April 25, 505 – May 20, 571) was a semi-legendary Ethiopian musician credited with inventing the sacred music tradition of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Ethiopia's system of musical notation. Yared is thought to be the first to write musical notes centuries before Westerners did. His father died when he was seven, and his mother sent him to be raised by his uncle Gidewon, a priest who taught religious studies. A legend describes Yared gaining musical insight through interaction with three birds (birds are good luck - right mom ;)