Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Melkam Gena! Our 2nd Ethiopian Christmas!

I am so behind on blogging, and I need to catch up on our holiday pictures!  Wow, how does 2 months go by between every blog post?!?! :)

I think I'll start with our Ethiopian Christmas Celebration last week!  This was our 2nd Ethiopian Christmas to have Caroline Faith Letehiwot with us, and we invited our friends, the Smiths, to come over and celebrate with us!

 Getting the table ready for our Ethiopian feast!

 The girls and I made another layered cake this year!  So cute!

 But the cutest is our Ethiopian princess!!!

 She was so excited to celebrate!

 She says, "Melkam Gena!" (which is Merry Christmas in Amharic)

 Eating with her best Ethiopian friend, MoMo!

 The Ethiopian feast!!! We had Ethiopian potato salad, chicken, Ethiopian spaghetti, wraps (in the place of injera), and Ethiopian honey bread.  The kids were really good about trying almost everything!

 Moses loved his Ethiopian spaghetti!

 Caroline ate a little bit more this year than she did last year! :)

 A sweet kiss for a sweet friend!

 Cute kids after dinner!

 Only one piece of cake left!  We did the layers like the Ethiopian flag!

 The next morning was January 7th, which is Christmas Day in Ethiopia.  We started a tradition last year of hanging chocolates on a little Christmas tree and giving the kids one gift each.

 Caroline reaching out for her chocolate!

Another Christmas celebrated with our precious Ethiopian daughter, and we couldn't be more thankful!  I hope she (and all the kids) grow up with fun memories from celebrating this special holiday!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fun Fall Updates!

Wow!  It's been almost 2 months since I've had time to update the blog!  Life is full these days taking care of a family of SIX!  But I absolutely love it, and wouldn't trade it for anything!  I am taking a quick break from the laundry and to-do list to catch up on some FALL FUN!!!

Caroline Faith is growing and thriving and we really feel that her attachment is very secure right now.  That is HUGE progress from where we were this time last year!  She has been home for 13 months, and is doing so so well!  She is a very busy, hilarious, active, cute and full of LIFE (just like her Ethiopian name!) little 2 year girl!!!

We are beyond blessed and thankful for all that the Lord has done to heal her sweet little heart over these past 13 months of her being home with us!  Here's some pics of our fun we've had over the past couple of months!

 A fun Labor Day weekend beach trip with friends!  

 Celebrating Gotcha Day!  We gave her a cute little zebra toy we bought her in Ethiopia!

 CG making the "Gotcha Home Day" cookie cake just a few days later! Sweetest big sister!  Don't know what I'd do without her!!!

 Happy Gotcha HOME Day, baby girl!!!

 Ole Miss Football game!!!  CF loves going to the games this season!  And she's the cutest little Rebels cheerleader! :)

 And this cheerleader is just PRECIOUS!!!  Love her!

 Carson was so excited when Game Day came to the Grove!!!  Of course he was there with his sign!

 Mommy & Daddy loving being back in the Grove together!  This is where we got engaged 15 years ago! :)

 The biggest smiles!!! :)

 We won!!!  Victory dance!

 Our little guy is old enough to play tackle football this year!  He is loving it, but Mama still can't believe he's old enough for this!!!
 Caroline and Daddy selfie!

 On the football field with the Packers!

 The cousins waiting on the Walk of Champions at the Ole Miss/Auburn game!

 Our first cold weather of the season!  We got out the coats and boots!  But no worries, it's back in the mid-seventies today! Deep South life! Ha! :)

Seriously, could he be any cuter!?!  Love this boy!!!

 A coffee date with Mommy!  Like a true Ethiopian, she loves her coffee!!!

And Happy Halloween 2014 from our Fancy Peacock, Ole Miss Rebels football player, Disco Queen and Tiny Strawberry!

I am just so THANKFUL for this fun crew!  They keep me busy, but in the BEST way!  Hopefully, I'll be back to blog soon on all God is teaching me during this season of staying home with 4 kids.  I am learning to savor the moments. forget the messes, and depend on Him for everything...including extra energy on the busy days! :) 

Thankful for abundant life in Jesus Christ!!!

"I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it to the FULL!"
John 10:10

Sunday, September 7, 2014

1 Year "Gotcha HOME Day" Anniversary!!!

On this very day last year, God gave our family a huge MIRACLE!!!  Our prayer we prayed for over 3 years was answered...our daughter was HOME!!!  Life as a family of six was just beginning, and our hearts were (and still are!) overflowing with JOY!  Thank You, Jesus!!!  

"I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles!"
Psalm 77:11 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

1 Year "Gotcha Day" Anniversary!

One year ago today on September 4, 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  we walked up the winding staircase of the baby house at Hannah's Hope and scooped our daughter back up in our arms!    Gotcha, Caroline Faith Letehiwot!!!

Only by God's grace and strength had we made it through those long 6 weeks in between our trips to Ethiopia.  Finally our daughter was in our arms, and this time for good!!!

My heart was so peaceful and content with my daughter snuggled up next to me, and I finally felt like I could breathe again.  My heart was settled and at rest.  The long adoption journey was coming to an end...or rather it was all just beginning! :)

God writes the BEST stories!!!  We will celebrate her 1 year Gotcha Day Anniversary tonight with a family dinner and a gift that we bought her from our first trip to Ethiopia.  My heart is still so peaceful and content.  One year with her in our arms and there are days still when tears fill my eyes as I kiss her and hold her.  God's goodness and faithfulness continue to overwhelm me.  Just so thankful for this past year.

Happy 1 Year Gotcha Day, Konjo!!!  We love you, baby girl!!!

"They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness!"
Psalm 145:7

Monday, August 11, 2014


This past Thursday was a BIG day at our house!

August 7, 2014 marked exactly 11 MONTHS HOME with our precious Ethiopian daughter, Caroline Faith!  It was also our 1 year anniversary of being submitted to the Embassy!  

And it was also the day that these cute kids had their...


Can't believe that we have a 5th, 3rd, and 2nd grader this year!!!  Plus one really precious little 2 year old! :)  We are starting to get back into the swing of things a little bit, and hopefully I'll have time for more blogging now that summer is over! 

I hear Little Miss waking up and the big kids will be home on the bus soon!!!  Thankful we are celebrating some really sweet milestones!  God is so good!!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday,Caroline Faith!!!

Two years ago today across the ocean, a tiny baby girl was born in a rural village in northern Ethiopia. Her beloved birth mother was there to love and take care of her as best she could even though her physical health was failing. I can only imagine the love and adoration in her eyes as she held her precious daughter. The baby girl was named "Letehiwot" which means girl of LIFE. God had given this young mother a miracle with the birth and life of this baby girl.

One year ago today, the baby girl crawled around on the wood floors of Hannah's Hope in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She had been taken care of there for the past 9 months, and she was loved and adored by her special mothers. Just 4 days earlier her adoptive parents had an early 1st birthday celebration for her before they went back to the US...without her. God had given these new parents a miracle that Letehiwot had been officially declared their daughter by Ethiopian law. They just awaited the final step for their daughter to be granted a visa by the US Embassy to come home.

Today in Mississippi, this adorable 2 year old toddler is home with her family! They celebrated her birthday over the past weekend with a fun splash party with her best friend, MoMo, who was with her for months at Hannah's Hope in Ethiopia! Caroline Faith Letehiwot is loved and adored by her family and friends, and they are so thankful that she is home! God has given this family a miracle of redemption and restoration in the joy-filled smile of their baby girl!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Caroline Faith!!! We love so much!!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Meetcha Day" Anniversary!

One year ago today we landed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and entered the black gates of Hannah's Hope to meet our baby girl for the very first time! These are the "good" pictures from that moment. Let's just say that Caroline Faith Letehiwot and I were BOTH crying when I held her for the first time! This adorable, but terrified 11 month old sweetheart had just met her new parents, and she was not too sure about us!  We asked ya'll to pray for her heart, and we saw God begin a miracle in the days ahead. Even through all the tears, this was a sacred and precious moment that we will never ever forget! We were living what we had prayed for and dreamed of for over 3 years, and it was completely surreal and amazing to see God's plan unfold as we finally held our daughter in our arms!

Happy "Meetcha Day" Anniversary, Baby Girl!