Monday, November 19, 2012

I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For

Last year at this time Tegegn and Tiruye were still in an orphanage and we didn't know when they would be able to come home. We had recently been assigned a court date and were thrilled to be able to anticipate meeting them for the first time, but we were also watching other families navigate the immigration process and were terrified of how long that journey might take us. After four months without any new pictures of our babies, we were thrilled to receive some. Looking at those photos tonight, I had to pause for a good sniffle and a chance to go upstairs and watch my little ones sleep.

Tegegn, I promise you that we will do our best to make sure you are always in an environment where you can thrive and be the jolly little person you really are. Your face in the pictures above and the memory of the nannies at the orphanage telling us you just preferred to play quietly by yourself make my heart want to break into a million tiny pieces. You are resilient and strong and one of the sweetest little guys ever. You are so loved and we are so, so thankful to have you in our family.

Tiruye, in our family you will always have an appreciative audience for your sparkle. You charmed the pants off of all of us from the moment we met you and we adore your strong will and devilish sense of merriment. The journey to bring you and your brother home was one of the most challenging and painful of my life, but you two were worth it.