Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The first few hours

We arrived in Ethiopia late Saturday evening - we crashed for a few hours and then a combination of adrenalin, excitement, nerves, and jet-lag got us through the first couple hours before meeting Seth. This is us Sunday morning - waiting...
The drive to the Transition Home from our Guesthouse was only about 10 minutes. We kept saying to each other "OMG, I can't believe this is actually happening!" (we said that a lot over the last couple weeks). This was our first glimpse of Seth.
It took Seth about 30 minutes to warm up to us. You can see in these pictures the gradual progression of him warming up to us.
And then he let us each hold him - he of course came to mommy first :).
Then he really started to show his beautiful personality.
They made coffee for us too...
Then it was time for all the caregivers to say good-bye to their sweet Biruk and for us to be on our way to our forever family.
Seth had just as an emotional day as we did; within less than 5 minutes (no exaggeration) of us being back at the Guesthouse he had fallen fast asleep in my arms.

15 comments:

Tammy said...

Ok, crying again! lol! I love the pic of the caregivers lined up to say goodbye. It shows that the kids are well taken care of and gives me peace to know Sophie is being loved. It must have been amazing to feel Seth asleep in your arms. Congratulations again! And thank you for giving my girl kisses from her Mommy, Daddy and sister. ;)

Ashleigh, Ben, Noah and Tait said...

And now I'm bawling.
It is amazing to see him with you, Laura.

Dana said...

Amazing. This is so wonderful to see. Brings back so many memories. Thanks for sharing.

Corrie said...

grabbing the box of kleenex......

Connie said...

An amazing story! Thanks for sharing! Such an emotional day, isn't it? So much for those little ones to go through. All the best with adjusting for all of you!

emily said...

He is so beautiful. His eyes just melt my heart and reading this post brings back so many memories for me! Thanks for all the beautiful pictures... I love the one of him sitting in the van looking up at the camera.

xo

darci said...

oh!!!!oh!!! Happy happy happy cry!! I am so so happy for you..this is the BEST post! :) darci

Katie said...

oh, I love this!!! You made me all teary! I am so very happy for your family that you are finally all together. :) congrats again!

lyndsey said...

Awe loving this!

I hope you have found peace in your heart. Sending you a HUGE hug.

L

Anita Schimke said...

YAH! So exciting! Thanks for sharing!
Anita

Janice said...

Getting all choked up again. It's just so wonderful to see all these pics and of course I'm reliving the memory or our own experience.

Janice

Historica said...

Wonderful ! I so great to see how much love the caregivers are giving to our children. I can't wait to be in the same place of you next week.

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Oh my goodness the picture of Seth in the car with his little smile is adorable!!!

Can't wait to hear mooooooore!!

:)
Sarah

Anna said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing! What a blessing. He's adorable!

Greg & Leanne said...

Maty LOVED the pictures too. You guys look great together. Blessings.
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