Monday, April 07, 2008

Could It Be?

Another fantastic day...I'm going to pinch myself at some point because I think this has to be a dream. Tariku is terrific. This morning was just so much fun! We picked him up at about 9am and had him in our guest house until 1:30. I'm telling you, he's just amazing we have so much fun. It turns out he LOVES Coke (the pop, obviously) and water, and cars. He also is the most amazing eater I have ever seen in my entire life. The guest house cooked injera and doro wot (which happens to be his favorite) for lunch today. I was really wishing we had brought our camera down because he consumed in in the most amazing time. There is no way to describe it, he just ate until he literally had food poking out of his mouth.
We went up in our room for awhile and showed him pictures and video of Trysten and Dailah. He loves saying, "TT" and "Dailah" and can point them out in pictures. He calls Zach "Ababa" which is basically "daddy" in Amharic. It's really precious. He's also gotten even more comfortable in front of us. When we first met him and really up until today, he wouldn't say too much; he'd just sit and look at us and touch us, etc. But today he started speaking more (both in amharic and english) which shows us he's starting to feel we're more comfortable. He also started singing a song on the way to the car when we were dropping them off. I was sooo excited about it and I could tell Tariku was happy to share his beautiful voice with me. With all this new sharing of language Zach and I are learning more and more amharic and he is obviously learning more english. He is really a smart kid. Tariku was playing blocks with another dad here. The dad was saying, "red, blue" with each color of the blocks. Each time he said a new word, Tariku would repeat it and seemed to understand and know it after a few minutes as well.
After we dropped the kids off we went to the Women's and Children's health center that CHS built and then we went to the community school they built as well. We are so thrilled to be a small part of the humanitarian efforts CHS is doing in Ethiopia. We are very thankful for that. Then we went to the National Museum which was really interesting.
Anyway, there has been no power here the entire day so I just had a few minutes on the computer so all of that might be random. Plus, I haven't had a chance to upload pictures but just wait...they are irresistable! Tomorrow is our day to get them full time and go to our Embassy appointment. We are so very excited to have literally no hurdles in our way and have him FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES!!!! YAY!

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Anonymous said...

Tesi and Zach, he is beautiful!!!! You two are so amazing for what you are doing and you have a wonderful addition to your beautiful family:) I love reading your blogs Tesi, so very informative and interesting. Thanks for all the updates and wanted to let you know that Leslie did a great job with your other two children back home...they seemed very happy at the Y :)
Take care and have a safe trip back! I can't wait to meet the little man:)


Cindy said...

Awesome stuff!! Have a wonderful time at the going away ceremony. I cannot wait to see Tariku in his cute outfit.

Mama Sweet Pea said...

You totally rock...all these fabulous updates! I am completely living vicariously through ya!

Can't wait to read more later!

Emily said...

I have tears in my eyes....I'm so happy for you! Can't wait to see more pictures & hear you're on your way HOME with your SON!

Anonymous said...

I am SO very excited to meet the new Tesi and Zach! As well as wrap my gentle arms around my newest grandbaby....but only after you both give me permission. See you on Friday and can't wait to see and meet, grandmommy Terre

Cassie said...

sounds like things are going just perfect! so excited to meet him in person...but keep the pictures coming!

Anonymous said...

Wow...your journey is so inspiring. I'm so grateful to God for allowing me this window seat and using your family to remind me what is truly important. Rene