Monday, April 11, 2011

3 Years Ago

We landed. Home. With Tariku.

To rewind a bit...the first time we saw him.

Saying good bye to Ethiopia.

After coming home. Dailah has been absolutely in love with Tariku from the beginning. That's about how long he's been an amazing brother too.

Family picture about 3 years ago.

My only boys then.

First time in snow.

Best friends, absolutely.

3 years ago I had no idea the tiny little boy on my lap would become the large, beautiful bundle of energy he now is.

I had no idea the boy who could sometimes unnerve me more than anyone else would be the boy who saved me.

I had no idea there would be days when I craved a hug from Tariku. No idea there would be moments when the only thing that could save me from my personal darkness would be a smile from Tariku or a laugh from Tariku.

If there is anyone who can take credit for anything good I've done in the last 3 years it's Tariku. It's the adoption of this amazing little boy, the trip to Ethiopia to pick him up, the introduction to his special people. It's all.about.him.

I had no idea 3 years from that moment I saw his face, I would be a completely different person.

But here we are. He's in my blood, he's in my cells, he's imbedded himself into the deepest recesses of my persons and I'm better for it.

He is an angel. He is a blessing. He is my son.

And I am praising God for that today.


Cindy said...


S said...

Wow. Really really beautiful!

Ms. Fricknfrack said...

Simply beautiful, Tesi! Cheers to 3 years!

Beth said...

Lovely. How quickly the time has gone.

ChiTown Girl said...

Oh my gosh!! I had forgotten how little he was when you brought him home!

I've been thinking about you guys today. I don't know if you remember (since I've mentioned it before) that today is also my dad's birthday. Tariku came home on my dad's 65th birthday. :)

Becky Nakashima Brooke said...

Why do you always make me cry?! Thank you Tesi:)

Bridget said...

So beautiful!

Cami said...

Beautiful post. Filled with such love for your son!

fiddlehead said...

This is such bliss....that sweet boy. Your love is so clear, so intense. Thank you for sharing it!

Chatter said...

Happy 3 years!! He is such a sweet soul. Love the pictures :)

Matthew and Amanda said...

He was so little! Look at his tiny feet. Love your little guy, love that your little guy and our little guy started on their new journeys together. Love you


Mama Papaya said...

What a lovely tribute to your amazing little guy. Here's to three years where you wouldn't change a single thing.

Tiffany said...

What a three years, huh!? So thankful that we were able to share the experience with you.