A sparrow when I'm broken, and eagle when I fly.....

Welcome to my world. I am an ordinary wife and mom who has been extraordinarily blessed by an amazing husband and house full of beautiful children. My prayer is that you will be somehow blessed by our family's story. It is a tale of God's grace and forgiveness...His loving kindness and patience with us His children as we strive & struggle everyday to bless His name with our lives

Sunday, September 20, 2009

No Longer MIA

I'm back and no longer "Missing In Action". I leave in one hour for the airport. Pasco-Seattle-WA DC- Addis Ababa Ethiopia! Finally Judah Gezehegn is coming home. It is a short trip for me, just 3 1/2 days in Addis and gone a total of only 7 days. I am so excited to get Judah Gezehegn in my arms and be able to visit Assefa. I will have to go back to Ethiopia after Assefa passes court to get him, hopefully by November.

I have really been out of the loop since baby Jarib came home three months ago. How about a speed reader catch up?

Jake, Holly, grand kids Silas and Lauren came for a nice visit after I got home from Alabama. Holly is having a new baby next month! Pray for her and their new baby daughter to be. We also went later in summer to Brookings where Jake and Holly live for vacation. It was so beautiful there and I think it was the best vacation I have ever had. We visited the beach everyday and stayed in a cabin up the river. Not camping out in the rain sure has it's benefits.

Jarib started getting casts on his legs to correct his club feet as soon as we got back to WA state. I drive him to Shriners Hospital for his casts and he also has had lots of other appointments in Spokane to see neurosurgeon for CAT scans and to check the pressure in his head. No VP shunt yet and this is TERRIFIC news. Jarib has had four surgeries in his short life...his spinal repair in AL, then since coming here surgery for spine wound repair, another for a HUGE hernia, and last week had his heel cords cut(for club feet). Poor guy is such a trooper. Unless he is in pain from getting new casts he is such an easy going little guy. I am SOOOO ready to be done with making the trips to Spokane for casting and I know Jarib is too. He is smiling and laughing now and constantly cooing and "talking" that adorable baby singing talk. We are all enjoying him so much. I am weeping as I write this to know I am LEAVING my baby in one hour for seven days! ugh. Jarib will be with my sister Katie when Mike is at work this coming week so he will be well cared for and loved on I am sure.

All the kids started school a few weeks ago and are liking it a lot. Yasab is even in public school this year. Solomon is in Preschool four afternoons a week, Tamar MyHao in 1st grade, Maggie, Berhanu and Josiah are in 2nd grade, Anna and Miriam in 4th grade, Meseret in 6th and enjoying her first year in middle school, Yasab in 9th grade and Tigist in 10th. Michael is working as checker at Safeway and saving money before picking back up at CBC to finish his degree. Mulu Hope is out of Job Core and on her own. Roza and Haimanot still finishing up Job Core. Kayla as always is a huge help and is watching the kids again for my trip to Ethiopia.

The whole family LOVED the AAI (Adoption Advocates International) get together at Warm Beach Camp. So fun to see all the families with adopted kids and catch up with my email friends. Of course the teen Ethio girls were in heaven.

Early September Maggie, Jarib and Solomon all had a couple days of clinic appointments at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Mike and I mostly just trying to keep our head above water. Strive for a little sleep, a little peace, and keeping the kids belly's full and clean clothes on their backs. We just want all our little ones home...and are longing for the day that Judah Gezehegn AND Job Assefa are both home. Psssss...we also are praying that big chick Cody will be moving back to town, and maybe another one of our grown kids too.....

I am not taking laptop to Ethiopia but may be able to access facebook or give Mike info to share on blog.

God is doing such amazing things. We feel we do live life on a battle field sometimes more than others. Serving a living powerful King is exhilarating and wonderfully rewarding....but we do get bloodied and beaten up at times. Pray for us. We have been so blessed in so many ways, but we are still get weak and tired and weary needing to remember constantly to fill up with His living water.


Andrea H. said...

So happy for you Julie. Finally you can get your son and hopefully the time to get Assefa will just fly by. Thanks for the update. Looks like lots of stuff has happened but what a little trooper your Jarib is for having had all those surgeries. Be safe on your trip.

Amy said...

Wow Julee you have been busy!
Will be praying for you on your journey...and your family for everything else!
Amy in Alabama

MICHAEL and AMANDA said...

Praying for your travels and that your trip will be overwhelmingly blessed!!! Praise the Lord the day has come and hopefully soon for Assefa too! :)

June Berger said...

Hooray!! I'm so glad you are bringing your little one home!!! Praying for all the children while you are gone. Safety for your travels.

Jenn said...

So excited for you Julee!!! Can't wait to see pictures!

faith said...

I wondered if you would get back to your blog and enjoyed getting the update. I am sooo happy for you Julee, and will be praying for your trip. Praying for God's richest blessings on your family as you travel. Will be thrilled to hear of your trip to Addis!!

the chapman crew said...

Praying for your travels. I can't wait to open your blog and see new photos of your sweet boy. Now, we just need his adorable brother to pass court so he can join in on all fun.Richest Blessings to you my friend. I'll continue to pray for your strength to come daily from HIM and that both you and Mike will get the rest you need.

Your friend,
Courtenay Chapman
Bontu's Mama (Lela)

Michelle Riggs said...

praying for you all today and thinking about your long wait. praying for great news SOON.

So sorry you are hurting today, my friend.

MP said...

Blessings, Have you been to swamped to blog or have you started a new blog. Would love to see an update...even if it's a short one!

MP said...

Miss your posts....


Jia Le said...

I just stumbled on your blog tonight and I started tearing up reading about your family. It is so humbling to see how you have been faithful to God and willing to sacrifice of yourselves to give those beautiful children a loving home. It sounds like by now you might have a couple more kids in the house. I pray that God gives you the strength to keep on and that you will not grow weary in doing good. God bless your family!

Tami and Bobby Sisemore Family said...

:) Congrats! Our Pastor and a couple guys from our Church are in Ethiopia right now on a mission trip :) We feel we will probably adopt from Ethiopia eventually :)