Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ethiopia - Day 2 - Meeting our Boys

For me, this was definitely the most memorable day of our trip. It's not everyday that you get to meet your children!!! We arrived at the Gladney care center around 9:30 am, and we went right upstairs to the baby room. Immediately, I saw our baby being fed a bottle by his care giver. We stepped into the room, and she put him in my arms. It was a beautiful moment. Just like that, I was a mother.

Here are some other photos of our day:

After we had spent a few minutes with our baby Zachary Biruk, someone brought over our big boy Jeremy Robel from his room. He was crying and upset before he even came in the room. I think he wasn't too happy to be taken out of his room with his caregivers and little friends. And the poor little guy didn't know who we were either. He just cried and cried until he fell asleep in my arms exhausted. Once he fell asleep, I started to cry because I was so relieved that he was calmed down, and also because of the joy I was feeling that I was holding my older son in my arms!

Me and my boys:

After a while, we took Jeremy back to his room. We spent a little bit more time with Zachary, and then we put him in his crib and said goodbye. Then we went back over to Jeremy's room to check on him. He was happy as could be. They were playing dress-up with the kids. This is Jeremy with his "special mother" (his principal caregiver). Her name is Mami, and she loves him sooooo much!


Laura said...

Love it! Where do their names come from?

Tracy said...


Their middle names were their given Ethiopian names. We chose their new first names.

Jeremy means "Chosen by God"
Robel means "Behold, a son!"

Zachary means "The Lord remembers"
Biruk means "Blessed one"

Anonymous said...

Such BEAUTIFUL moments!! Instant mom, just like when you give birth!!! LOVE, LOVE, it... Can't wait until you bring them both home!!

Praying for a fast 2nd travel!!

Helen xox

Brad and Carrie said...

Love, love, love these posts! Those are some gorgeous sons you guys have. Praying that the next few weeks fly by so that you can see them again. In the meantime, keep these wonderful pictures and stories a comin'!

Angel said...

Oh my... I have tears in my eyes. Sooooo precious. Just crazy amounts of precious. Thank you for sharing. Your babies are beautiful. What a GIFT they are. Angel

Anonymous said...

Sniff, sniff, wipe, wipe....


--Praying for all of you,

Carol in Dallas