I am so blessed and overwhelmed and lucky to have to this girl in my life and to have the abundance of love and support from our friends and family. I am honored and inspired to do my very best by this little angel. Gratitude is oozing throughout me.
Happy 1 Year Birthday Sweet LT!!!!!!! Your dear auntie found this in the LA Times today and it seems a perfect way to record the day:
Today's birthday (March 16): You are an everyday hero with dreams of making the world better. You won't give up and you won't let others give up either.
I think I've read this at least 20 times. It makes me feel good especially since I can't be there with you.
Our one-year presents for your birthday: http://jesuslovinmommaof2.blogspot.com/ JesusLovinMomma sent a great note and pics of you in the Birthday dress I sent to you. I got it this morning :))))
Last night I had a Gladney SoCal dinner and got to talk one on one with Belay about you
Saturday 3/14, we had our We Are Family baby shower and LT birthday party at a beautiful park with about 60 great friends. LT was the guest of honor with yummy food, beautiful LT banners hanging and generous gifts for you and the other kids in Ethiopia (thanks to the Team for all the work). It was perfect.
*On another note, my heart goes out to the three families who met a delay today in court. We are hoping for a speedy rebound. Love you N, D and S!!!!!!!!!!
A dear girlfriend posted this to her facebook page yesterday and I loved it. Who would have thought that today more than ever I needed support and I got it. This adoption process create bonds beyond my wildest dreams and I'm honored to be a member of the sisterhood.
Ava is my super wonderful niece and we had a fun girl weekend together. In short we...went to the Jonas Brothers movie, petsmart, walmart (to buy the Jonas CD), got our nails painted, went to a pancake party, went to the dog park, went to the animal emergency hospital (twice), ate coconut creme pie and met the GIRLS. I just loved seeing Ava with Sentayehu and Mimi and can just imagine all the girls hangin together. We want you to hurry up LT :)
This is my story of the journey that led me to Ethiopia to meet my daughter and how she teaches me to Liv everyday.
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." --Antoine De Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince.
The colored stripes on the Ethiopian flag are significant - the red stripe stands for power, faith and blood; the yellow symbolizes peace, natural wealth and love; and the green represents the land and hope. The colors were also interpreted to have a connection to the Holy Trinity, and the three main provinces of Ethiopia. The star represents unity of the people and the races that make up Ethiopia. The five rays on the outside of the star represent prosperity and the blue disk represents peace. The three equal horizontal bands of green (top), yellow, and red with a yellow pentagram and single yellow rays emanating from the angles between the points on a light blue disk centered on the three bands; Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa, and the three main colors of her flag were so often adopted by other African countries upon independence that they became known as the pan-African colors.