Saturday, November 19, 2011

Caleb day#1

The plane ride from the US to Germany was no fun. We had bad turbulence pretty much the whole time and it didn't help that hubby kept saying the oxygen mask were going to fall any minute. When we arrived in Ethiopia everything went smooth. We even had all of our luggage!

It was so amazing pulling up to Providence again. It felt like coming home to family. I can't even explain how much we love and feel so comfortable in Ethiopia.

We slept really good last night. I think when you are on a plane for  almost 24 hours you will crash no matter how excited you are.

This morning we got up bright and early and had our driver take us to the House of Hope where our sweet Caleb was. We pulled up and were so excited to see Kati Foster, her hubby and their daughter Dagme. It was exciting because Kati was the first person to ever love on Caleb and tell him that he had a family waiting for him. Also Kati's daughter and Caleb's crib were right next to each other. We kept praying that we would get to meet in Ethiopia and God allowed that to happen. It was so awesome!

When they handed Caleb to us he cried. Wait til you see the pictures of our face and you won't blame him. We were beyond excited and it showed :) I calmed him down by rocking him and telling him that God had a plan for him and sometimes it seems scary,but that we were his parents and we have been praying for him for a long time.
He seemed scared and slowly started to warm up. He ended up falling asleep on me so when we said goodbye to all the nannies he wasn't awake. (we will be going back for a proper goodbye) it was really hard on the nannies to see him go. I was trying really hard not to cry. One nanny in particular took it hard. I have tons of pictures of her with Caleb and I told her that I would always tell him about her. I can tell they had a great relationship. I don't think she understood me, but I want Caleb to know and see how much these women loved him.

We left and went to Kaldis for a little celebration. Caleb was having so much fun, so we decided to do a little shopping and then went to lunch. He really started to warm up to us quickly and anytime someone came by him he would cling to me. He still loves his daddy and laughs like crazy at him. He loved being in the sling with me and still adores my hair. He likes it so much that he pulls it out. He cracks up when he does it, so I will let him :)

He loves the car and loves sticking his hand out the window.

We are at the guest house now and will be in for the rest of the day. We are all going to take a little nap. I can't wait for him to wake up so we can play some more :)

God is so good and I know that this whole journey is really just beginning for us. When we get home that is when it will get tough. He needs to learn and understand that we are his parents and we are the ones he can count on and feel safe with. That will take a long time, maybe even years. I am excited for this next chaper in our lives.

Thank you all for sharing in our joy!

Sorry there are no pictures. There won't be any until we get home. This is not my computer.

Tomorrow we are going to church and then who knows!

I can't wait for all my babies to be together, I think my heart will burst.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


  1. So excited!! Thank you for the post. The kids are still asleep, but will read it to them later. Can't wait to see you on Thursday-what a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!!So much to be thankful for. Love you guys. Mom

  2. Olivia says, "I can't wait until you come back."
    Zahra says, "I love you much. And I can't wait to you coming."
    Silas says, "Welcome home, Caleb. I hope you would love it here in America."
    And I say -- well, I can't say it any better then them!!!

  3. You should put a warning with this blog post that we need tissue's. Praying for you sweet friend. Praying for Caleb's favorite Nanny too!

  4. glad you have Caleb in your arms!!! And so thankful that God knows exactly how to knit lives together...when He's done, the mix of difficulties and joys will simply blend into one beautiful picture of His grace. Love you and praying for you!

  5. Nice blog; beautiful story. Please tell Natalie Degeme "HI" from g/g Foster! Oh and of course - J & K too. (Garland)

  6. celebrating with you. Yahoo!

    mama to 8
    one homemade and 7 adopted