Here's a little visual feast of the last 12 months. More words to come later, but according to proverbial wisdom, these pictures should be worth thousands of words. :)
March 2, 2010 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
We met Gracie and Little Man for the first time.
Home at last and together as a family: March 6, 2010
April 2010; brothers and sisters at last.
May 2010; we did our first "post-placement" report to send back to Ethiopia. The reports were required at 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. These were some of the pictures we took.
Little Man also got his first haircut in May.
In June the children enjoyed the view from a mountain-top where we went to pick peaches.
In July we went to Busch Gardens. None of the children had ever been there, and it was a wonderful day for everyone. Definitely a new tradition (if we can find some coupons again this year!)
Camping in July.
Fun at the playground in August (Boo loves having a little brother).
In September we celebrated Gracie's 5th birthday (her first with us).
October is our annual camping trip with some special friends.
We had a crowd for Thanksgiving in November (and lots to be thankful for).
Gracie experienced her first snowfall in December.
One of our favorite traditions: caroling at the hospital on Christmas day with friends.
January; making fruit loop necklaces as part of our math lesson one day.
In February we had a special treat; three girls from the Watoto Children's Choir (from Uganda) came to stay with us after their concert. We were tremendously blessed by them.
March!! Sometimes I feel as though the year has flown by, but other times it feels as it couldn't have been only a year ago that we were without Gracie and Little Man. We celebrated our one year anniversary by eating at an Ethiopian restaurant.
Gracie and Little Man enjoyed the Ethiopian quisine GREATLY. My goal for the next year is to learn how to make injera.
You can see how the children have all grown "in stature" over the past year. But we have grown in so many other ways as well. (We still have miles to go, though!)
Still working on updating the blog and shifting gears. I did change the pictures of the kids on the sidebar; Sweet Pea's picture was 2 years old!