Sunday, January 31, 2010

our FIRST week

I don't seem to have enough time in the day to get on here and document our journey like I would love to. I will soon. Here's a quick look at our first week in pictures.

Bekeh and Caleb's first step on American Soil First Bath time at home. Bekeh sang loudly in Kembataan and would splash Dereje and giggle, and then he would begin speaking Kembataan back to her. It was our first chance to hear them babbling back and forth in their native tongue.

First time to meet Great Grandma, or Gigi! They thought her wrinkly skin was cool. They'll get to meet their other Great Grandma this July when she comes down from Wisconsin. They can't wait!

I've made Bekeh a fashionista already. She especially loves all of her shoes and accessories. Every girl should have a pair of calf-high purple patent boots! Can I get an Amen?

Mimi's not afraid to be silly, and Bekeh has taken to her quickly because she loves to sing and dance around the living room with her. Mimi had her speaking and talking English back and forth all morning.
Later that day Nana came out and brought their cousin Carson to play. They love babies. Good thing, we've got several in the family! Mommy's the worst daughter in law, because Nana, Grandpa, Uncle David, Aunt Becky, and Uncle Kevin have all been out to meet them, and I don't have a picture of it anywhere! We'll fix that next time.
Papa, Grammy, and Aunt Kelly came out bearing gifts. Their first experience with opening presents. They caught on quickly. They loved their little people farm, giant my little pony, leap frog dogs, and blankets. Thanks guys! They were in need of some toys!
After dinner tonight, Brooklyn and Bekeh disappeared for awhile, and came out later all dressed up. Bekeh loved playing Fairy Princess dress up with her big sister. Brooklyn has been an absolute dream this first week home. Despite being exhausted and sick, she's gotten up with them in the middle of the night, in the mornings, and taken charge throughout the day without ever letting me know they needed something! I've had to assure her she doesn't have to do so much, but she doesn't seem to mind, for now.
Bekeh and Caleb sleep well at night as long as they can touch each other. Anytime she pulls away to turn over or reposition, he seeks out her arm or leg or whatever is close, and grabs hold again. He loves his sissy! More to follow at some point, I promise, but for now, Jason's calling me out of the office! The kids are all asleep and we're not, it's a rare moment this week! Gotta Go!


  1. Oh my goodness how precious! These pictures are adorable especially the one of them holding hands!!! I am so glad that things are going well and it has been such a blessing to follow your journey there. But I have ONE BIG QUESTION.... what was that thing you ate? You cannot leave us all hanging!!! LOL!!!

  2. Gina;

    This is a beautiful update! In the midst of this period of probable exhaustion and overwhelming adjustment, know that many are praying for you! May God's grace carry you through and help you to truly enjoy the moments of togetherness as you begin "the rest of the journey!"

    Many blessings!

  3. My heart is melting. Just adorable--especially holding hands at night. And so stylin!