Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Two Years Ago

I've always heard you should live in the present and not in the past ... But I can't help to think that 2 years ago today, we landed in Ethiopia for the second time to bring our sweet girl home forever.  Oh how I miss Ethiopia!!    

It was a whirlwind trip that we prepared and left in a matter of a few days.   Then, we were only in Ethiopia for 4 days before we headed home to experience life's adventures. It's sure been a quick 2 years full of many sweet and crazy adventures.  Our boys, who were 13 and almost 16, are now robust young men of 15 and 18 years old.  Faith, who was just a little peanut is now 3 and quickly catching up to her "big" sister Ellie.  

Things that I can easily laugh about today --  not so much 18 months ago... and the little shy girl that we brought home is now a confident almost-4 year old.  Even though Ellie came to us at a very young age, it's still apparent today that her heart is not fully healed from her grief and loss. Many days are wonderful, and some days, not so much.  As parents, we hurt for her and are here to love her no matter what.  We still stand in awe of the progress and transformation that has transpired in just 2 short years with her physically, emotionally, and socially.  We continue to eagerly wait to see what God's plan is for Ellie.  Whatever it is, she will rock it.  

To celebrate her 2 years home, we plan to have her officially dedicated at church on Sunday, even though she's already made herself at home there!  We hoped to have this done WAY before now, but this weekend is the perfect time. I'll be sure to post some pictures.. if someone takes them (hint, hint....)  

I'm reminded today that God is faithful, even in trials, and that His timing is always perfect, even if we don't understand it.  
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11 

Happy almost Gotcha Day Sweet Pea!  

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on 2 years together as a family! Elliana is looking so grown up already! We can't wait to see you all again soon.