Thursday, June 18, 2009

Three Months Home

With 143 million orphans in the world, one might wonder what difference an adoption can make. We have been home with our girls for 3 months now, and the difference in their lives is unbelievable. How many more children are waiting for the opprotunity to thrive in a loving home?

September 2008 - when the orphanage director met "JuJu & Jurie" whose family could no longer afford to care for them

January 2009 - the twins are moved from their village to the orphanage

February 2009 - at the adoption agency transition home in Addis Ababa

March 2009 - packing a suitcase on the day we left Ethiopia

April 2009 - home for a month

May 2009 - home two months

June 2009 - home three months! Are these the same girls we saw in September?

17 comments:

Melissa Houp said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful blessings.

Jeff and Leslie said...

That was great!

Andi-bo-bandi said...

Holy cow! They are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. <><

Jennifer said...

They are thriving! Beautiful girls! I can't wait to get my twins home!
Jenny

Anonymous said...

Their smiles just keep getting bigger! They are so beautiful!! You both should be very proud that you were able to make such a profound difference in their lives!
Richelle

Dawn said...

Amazing! Absolutely amazing! What a transformation!

Pam said...

Just wait until they have been home a year. It's such an amazing journey, and so wonderful to watch the children blossom, isn't it? Beautiful girls!!! :)

heather said...

I love to see the transformation and have a reminder regarding how amazing and necessary adoption can be!

Salzwedel Family said...

They are beautiful!

Laura Ferry-Jimenez said...

hey guys! I've been following your blog for a lil while and LOVE this post. my husband and I are looking forward to an international adoption one day too. can I link this post on my blog? just wanted to share it with my family. sorry I'm asking here - couldn't find an email address for you. :) thanks and God bless!!!

Matt said...

Laura, you are welcome to link this post on your blog. Thanks for reading!

~melodious mama~ said...

wow!! your daughters are so beautiful!! the way there eyes sparkle is amazing! they have so much hurt in their eyes in those first pictures...so much fear. What a gift to see them light up now with so much love!

ethiHOPEia said...

I stumbled upon your blog by doing a search on google for Amani Baby Cottage! You both traveled a week or two before us to Ethiopia. We got home March 22 with Ephrem (3) and Hanna (1). I have peeked over the last three yrs. on your blog to see all the roads you have been on! Wow!
Your girls are just beautiful. I was just researching (early;) ) on our next adoption, whenever the Lord wills!
Many blessings,
Hilary Forrest

lc kidz said...

the change is unbelievable! i love this. what a blessing!!!!!

Shauna said...

That last pic is great! What beautiful faces!

whitneypratt@ymail.com said...

what beautiful and truly joyful girls!! What a difference! Especially love that last pic!

Kjernalds in Sweden said...

Hey you guys,

So wonderful to see your pictures and see the prayers of so many years in these two beautiful girls. Will continue to pray for you as grow with your girls.

The Kjernalds