Monday, March 7, 2011

Day 2 in Ethiopia - my best day yet as a dad!

Hello everyone!

Keyla is normally the blogger, but today I'm giving the update, because it was a very special day for me. :o)

We started off Monday by touring Emperor Haile Selassie's former palace, which has now been turned into a museum on the history of Ethiopia. We learned so much about the country, and even learned more about the region where Ethan is from. Very cool! Check out Keyla in front of the palace.

Then we headed to lunch (great pizza!) and then back to the transition home! It was day 2 with Ethan, and it was all about time with daddy today. We spent 15 minutes getting re-acquainted, and then he decided it was time for a nap. He just snuggled right up to me, and feel asleep in about 10 seconds! For almost 2 hours I lay there with him on my chest, just listening to him breathe. I love this little guy so much!

He would pat me gently on the arm as he slept, and then he would reach up and grab my adam's apple, to feel my voice. He would wake up every so often to turn his head, and then would go right back to sleep. Priceless! Even after he woke up, he just lay in my arms, watching everyone around us. I can't wait to do this full-time.... hehe. He finally decided he was hungry, so polished off a bottle and a bowl of food. He's definitely not shy about eating!

The afternoon ended all too soon, but as we handed him back off to the nanny, we knew that Tuesday we would be seeing him in the morning! We get a chance to talk with his care team on Tuesday, and thank them for their work. Btw, what a dedicated and amazing care team in the transition home! I am truly amazed at the love and devotion each of the nannies give to all the children there. They are truly extending Christ's ministry in all they do.

Thanks for your continued prayers. We meet with the doctor on Wednesday to discuss his health, and then Thursday is court day! If it's God's will and in His time, we could get approved same day, and he could be living with us by Friday! Until next post...

Love to all - Jeremy


  1. Thank you for sharing this. I totally get what you were saying and I'm happy you were able to experience this day. God bless you and we are praying that it all goes smoothly!

  2. priceless photo! thanks so much for sharing~ look at this you are a natural Jeremy :) :)

  3. What a sweet picture! So glad you got some daddy "bonding" time. Won't be long and you can hold him for as long as you want without ever having to think of handing him back. Isn't that amazing? SOOOO excited for you all. Love you!

  4. Keyla, I barely know you but by reading at your FB posts I reALIZE YOU HAVE A BIG HEART! And and last but not least, a great voice!
    May the Lord bless you guys and the baby:)

  5. Yay!!!

    Such a sweet set of pictures. Congrats! God is so good!

  6. Wow Jefe this picture is really beautiful it bought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you and Keyla. cant wait to play with Ethan Titi Annette

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this special moment of your life with all of us. I can wait to meet Ethan but I am pretty sure that everyone that follows your blog feels the same. I want to share this verse Psalm 18.2 "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will TRUST; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower". TRUST IN GOD as he has the control of your life and he guides each step you've made till this day. The future is his hands and Ethan is very part of it. GOD bless both of you. See home soon! :)