A family from Montana, living in Senegal and adopting a baby from Ethiopia
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Welcome to Us
Well, here I am. A blogger! It feels kinda weird, but I've been reading other people's blogs about Ethiopian adoption this past month (to try and get a handle on court dates, wait times, etc.,) and they've been really helpful to me. So I thought, well, maybe our story would be of some use to someone else down the line, and that I'd give this a try.
Here is our story, in a nutshell: We are from Montana, we are living in Dakar, Senegal, and we are adopting a baby from Africa. She is four months old and perfect and precious. Ethiopia prohibits us from publishing photographs, and so we will not, but trust us. She is all that! Friends of ours went to CHI to pick up their child last week, and they took photos and a VIDEO of her for us. The video is 41 seconds but tells us everything we need to know. I have watched it about 140 times in three days. I watch it and cry; I watch it and wish; I watch it and know.
Because we are in Dakar and living in a one-bedroom apartment downtown (not our final residence), we cannot distract ourselves with the baby shopping and room decorating and general nesting that most parents get. Which is good, actually -- we're going to try and raise our baby like the Amish :). Very simple, no electronics or plastics, home-made organic baby foods, and of course all the books she could ever turn the pages of. Crazy, you say? Perhaps. But we are living in Africa, so if anyone can do it, we can!