Wednesday, April 22, 2009

We're Home

In our room at House of Hope


After a great, intense week in Ethiopia, we are home -- familiar, comfortable, and surrounded by our kids! Thank you so much for all the prayers while we were gone! We feel so blessed and humbled to have so many awesome people in our lives! Taye is doing really well all things considered. He went to bed last night at 8 (he likes to be rocked to sleep which I love!) and was up at 5:30. I can totally live with that! I actually like him waking up early b/c then I get some alone time with him. He loves the kids, I mean LOVES them. He will go to Kaitlin instead of me any day so we are trying to be really careful to help him bond with us as his parents.

This afternoon we are taking him to and international adoption specialist to have him evaluated and also to an ENT doctor. We were told that he is deaf in February (finding that out is a journey I want to do a post about sometime). He verbalizes a lot-- way more than I would expect a totally deaf child to do. Actually - he is really LOUD, most of the time!:) We are anxious to have him evaluated in the U.S. to find out where they say that he is. We were encouraged by strong Christians while in Ethiopia to pray for and believe that God will heal him. Honestly, we have prayed that he would be able to hear through medical intervention but not asked that God would totally heal him. Please pray for wisdom for us!
okay-- I need to help a frustrated 2 y/o with his toy :)
laura

18 comments:

Janet said...

Yay!! Welcome home :) Taye is so stinkin' cute!! We'll be praying for you guys and the transition, as well as for the visits to doctors.

Jill said...

What a doll! We praise God that you are home safely with him. I remember that feeling of those airplane wheels hitting the ground for the final time. I uttered a huge praise to God for a wonderful adventure and the safety of being home again with our other children!

I am excited to hear of his babbling and desire to be rocked to sleep - so good!

Love to you all, Jill

Sherry said...

Taye is beautiful what a sweetie! Can't wait to hear more about your trip and your little boy. :)

Sherry

Amber said...

So glad you are all home, and that things went so well! Praise God for His faithfulness! We will continue to pray for your family.

Sean and Rachel: Bringing our Babies Home said...

Welcome home! So glad to see this precious child home with you. God Bless you as you transition with him and have the tests done for his hearing. I pray the results will be better than you can imagine.

Jodi said...

Oh, he is so adorable. So glad that all went well. Praying for healing for the hearing and you may be pleasantly surprised at today's dr. appts. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you guys. I was reading Em's blog and it brought tears to my eyes. Glad you had a good trip!

Bri

Heather said...

Taye is absolutely adorable!! I pray his doctor appointment goes well!!

Alida and Geno said...

Welcome home Laura. Taye is just adorable .... just too cute :). I'm praying you guys have a good doctor's visit. No matter what, God wouldn't have put Taye in your lives if he didn't think you could handle it. God does work his miracles, I truly believe in that.
So happy to hear Taye's doing great and that he let you hold him and rocking him...... that's wonderful!!!
Alida

Janell said...

Yeah!!! So thankful you're all home and together. He is so precious. I can't wait to meet him someday. We'll be prayerful for the transiiton for all of you and your Dr. visits! Love to you all.

Abby said...

YAY!!! Welcome home! Taye is seriously gorgeous! So glad all is well- and can't wait to hear about the trip. Call or write if you need to talk!

Teresa said...

What a sweet little face! I understand that relief of being back home with all of your kiddos together. Priceless! So glad you enjoyed your trip, I can't wait to hear more.
I will be praying for the dr. appt today. God is the ultimate physician and I'm believing for perfect hearing for your little man.

J Gutwein said...

All I can say is Yay & He is beautiful. I introduced Luca to his cousin via picture yesterday. Love, J

Anonymous said...

Taye it adorable!! We are so thankful for all of you and pray the dr. apts. are good and all! We will keep praying for all the "new things" you all will be adjusting too! God bless you all!
karel :)

Erica Gutwein said...

We are so happy for you! Taye is such an adorable little guy! What a wonderful blessing! We will keep you in our prayers as you and your family make this transition and for Taye's doctor appointments!

Kelli said...

Welcome home! We are very excited to meet Taye. He looks so precious. Our prayers will continue for your family.

Marcelle said...

Ron and I felt so fortunate to be able to see all of you at the airport Monday. Taye is a beautiful child and a wonderful addition to your family. It was an extremely emotional event to witness and Kaitlin, Brecken and Bella's reactions were precious. Love and prayers!

Erica said...

Oh Laura he is AMAZING. This little boy melted my heart in Ethiopia and we pray for him daily. Praying for his complete healing. God is an amazing miracle worker. Love him. Excited to see what God has in store.