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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Zoie Goes Sledding *video*

We have a fun *bunny* hill next door & had so much fun taking Zoie for a ride!!! wheeeeee! Zoie had so much fun:)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ice Ice Babyyyyy...sing it all day long:)

We woke up this morning & the weather man was right on...a winter wonderland of ice & snow. We're all home enjoying fassst sledding, hot cocoa, toasty cheese sandwiches, Stumptown coffee & of course, scones!!! Hopefully, we'll keep our would put a little damper on all the fun:)

I'm snuggled up with a book....can you guess what I'm

"He was becoming inexorably trapped as an
ice-prisoner in his own home-much to his delight. There is something joyful about storms that interrupt routine. Snow or freezing rain suddenly releases you from expectations, performance demands, and the tyranny of appointments & schedules. All those affected this way are united by a mutual excuse, and the heart is suddenly & unexpectedly a little *giddy*

Saturday, January 24, 2009

AWAA Ethiopia Reunion!!!

Thank you so much for voting on the date for our 1st annual AWAA ET Reunion!!!
Its official.......LABOR DAY WEEKEND *2009* in Branson, MO!!

We will post news & updates on the YG, AWAA blog or via e-invite throughout the year!!!! Oh what a party!!!!!
The Best is Yet to Come:)))

AWAA Ethiopia families...are you planning on making the reunion?

We'd love to hear from you. List your family name & adoption status:)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Shoving Mommy 4 LOVE

It's hard to explain to a one year old that daddy is bye- bye for 3 days on an airplane and he will be home soon. Zoie called for da da off & on, but was really puzzled hearing his voice on my cell phone. She held it & turned it over and over. Her sweet face showed... "Where is he?"

Daddy came home today and scooped up Zoie, who was obviously ecstatic. I gave my hubby a big hug, but was stopped short...Zoie squeeezed my cheek. ouch! I gave him a big kiss, but felt a little hand pushing me back. We both looked at Zoie and she waved her hand at me like she was trying to say...
back off mommy, he's MINE. LOL

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Birthday Wish came true!!!!!

Today is my 42nd b-day & I only had one wish.....I just found out that it came true!!!!
Our dear friends, the Blackwells passed court today!!! Take a peek at their precious daughter, Rahel Scout. I'm officially a new auntie:))) We give God all the Glory!!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A time to pray

Please pray for the Foreman family...precious Jacob is very sick with strep pneumonia. This little 3 year old is fighting for his life!!
We also want to pray for our dear friends, Joners & Blackwells who have court date in Ethiopia 20th & 21st!!! If they pass...they travel in 2 weeks!!!
This has been an incredibly difficult & challenging journey for both families.
We are also lifting in prayer the Kulp & Semlow family....the desperately need a miracle for their ET children to come home!!!

**just heard that Joners passed court!! whoooohoooo

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Zoie Video

You've come a LONG way Baby!!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Birthday Photos!!

Pammy-Sue had us over for a delicious birthday dinner....Aunti M's famous chicken fried chicken & all the fixings!! Hannah dressed Zoie in *her* birthday outfit when she turned 1 yrs old...12 years ago !!! It made mommy cry:)

Enjoy the pics!!

Love u Grandpa & Aunti M
Zoie loved opening up her gifts...


Happy Birthday sweet girl!!!!!
(photo: first time we fell in love with you)

Bloggy friends....please leave a special *blessing* message for
Zoie Senait today!

Friday, January 9, 2009

My Mommy heart is bonded with another...

On the eve of our beautiful daughter Zoie's first birthday, our hearts have been torn thinking about another very special person. We do not know her, but we see *her* everyday in Zoie's dreamy eyes. Every time Zoie smiles, we see *her* sweet smile. Zoie's creamy brown skin and short chubby fingers makes me wonder if someone else has the same. Zoie's giggle is adorable & spirit so bright...I'm sure there is someone close whose spirit and courage radiates all around her.
Our family celebrates a precious miracle, but none of our dreams would have come true had the miracle not started first with Zoie birthmother who gave her the name....Senait.
We also celebrate today our hero, a woman who sacrificed more than we will ever know. A mother who gave everthing for love.
We pray that you know deep in your heart that your daughter is safe and loved.

I found this beautiful poem that says it all...

It's my child's birthday
But there is something different happening inside me.
This should be a day of complete joy
A day for Thanksgiving
But in the midst of all this excitement
I pause, because my thoughts are about someone else for a time.

It's my child's birthday
I have no memories of her life growing inside me and fighting to be
Another someone was there
Another someone suffered for my joy.

It's my child's birthday
But someone, somewhere, is feeling emptiness inside.
I'm sure she is wondering
Who she looks like
If she is big or small.
Wondering if she laughs much.

It's my child's birthday
And in the midst of this blessed day that was given to me
I have a prayer.

Oh God, that I may never forget that someone suffered so much to give life
to my child. That someone loved my child so very much that she gave her the right to
live. May I never forget for a moment and especially now, today, to offer a prayer of thanks
for that someone and that you, dear God, will always be there for that someone to help her
through the hurts she will have when she stops to think that today is "my child's birthday."

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Merry Christmas Ethiopia photos

Zoie wants to wish you a Merry Christmas in Amaharic... "ye ganna baal"
She's wearing a traditional Ethiopian dress & head wrap.
Typically, the children in Addis Ababa receive an item of clothing for a gift.

Zoie's lunch is a feast of cheerios, cheese & bread (I think she really wanted injera:)
ET families...what will you do today to celebrate this special day?

Happy 6 mo Gotcha Day Zoie!!

Ethiopia is on the Julian calendar, so we can wish you a Merry Christmas today!!! Today also marks 6 months meeting our precious Zoie Senait. Happy Gotcha Day sweet girl! We can't imagine life without you!! During Christmas break she earned the nickname *Zippy* She started crawling, pulling up, cruising, zipping everywhere a girl can move, including munching on Tate's doggy food (oops) Her smile is radiant & spirit happy happy happy!!!
If you have time today, please take a peek at Zoie's Gotcha Day video at the bottom of the blog (scroll waayyyy down) Zoie, we love you with all our hearts!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Noooo kissing allowed:)

Best defense not to kiss...grow a beard:)) Thanks hubby for helping me out right now! You are officially prickly!!

A few Gibson5 Photos

What a special first Christmas with's a few candid pics!! Her outfit belonged to big sis, Hannah 12 years ago. I'm so thrilled we saved it:) Noooo...that's not a real nose pierce, but she's feeling pretty sassy! This was the most challenging, wonderful, miraculous year for our family!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Just wanted to say....HAPPY New Year!!! WOW...its the first time I got all weepy *sniff* counting down to a new year!!! This has been one of the most fantastic years of my life!!! God poured many blessings over our family & friends....especially so many forever families.

Happy 2009!!