Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Adoption travel blog

My husband Josh and I have been holding our daughter in our hearts for so long, and in a few days we will get to hold her in our arms for the first time.We are en route this week to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the final leg of our two-year adoption journey, to meet and bring home our first child, Mihret. We’re scheduled to return home to Appleton on the afternoon of Aug. 4.Mihret will turn six months old this Saturday, our first full day at the foster care center. There, caregivers have been sunning her outside to relieve her diaper rash and feeding her the soy formula that helped her gain about half a pound in ten days this month.From the central highlands of the capital city, we’ll take a day trip into the country’s southern region, Mihret’s birthplace, to learn more about how Mihret’s birth family lives. We’re bringing along a map with a line we drew connecting Appleton and Addis Ababa - a token of thanks so we can show Mihret’s birth family we won’t forget their gift of love.Counting down the days until our daughter is with us has brought us immense joy that is priceless. And we invite you to share this journey with us.


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