Thursday, January 7, 2010

Merry Christmas, Again!

It really is Ethiopia! (It looks like it ought to be Christmas here the way it is snowing!!) There is some really interesting information on the IAN Family Blog that you can check out if you're interested. I am so excited to continue learning about our new son's heritage. By the way, our current update on our little man is that all of our paperwork is in Ethiopia with his, so we are waiting to be assigned a court date. For anyone unfamiliar with how this works, we do not appear for court. We have someone that represents us in Ethiopia. Once we pass court (which sometimes doesn't happen the first time around due to incomplete information, power outages, etc.), we will find out about our embassy date, & that's when we'll get to travel. Pretty surreal!!

For now, I'll leave you with a couple of Christmas pictures that are actually for our little boy. We have a special tradition on Christmas Eve where everybody gets new books & jammies. This was my first purchase for our little guy...brand new striped jammies. I can hardly wait until he is home running around in them! As far as I am concerned, there is nothing more precious than my children (even the bigger ones) cozy in their jammies! Kaya, of course, took on the task of opening them.

I was very excited to learn about the traditions surrounding Christmas in Ethiopia. I do believe January 7th will become a special day in our home to enjoy feasting on Ethiopian food (or in my hubby's case, he may feast on take-out from Wendy's) and maybe a variation on the games they play will be a family game night in our home!

So, Merry Christmas, sweet boy! We can't wait to be with you for the next one & every one after that!!


rrpr6 said...

"When we seek God's blessing as the ultimate value in life, we are throwing ourselves entirely into the river of His will and power and purposes for us. All our other needs become secondary to what we really want -- which is to become wholly immersed in what God is trying to do in us, through us, and around us for His Glory!" (the prayer of Jabez)
"Twenty yrs. from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain - **The Hendershots have thrown off the bowlines...... they are now catching the trade winds!!** amen

IAN Families said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Merry Christmas!

Adeye said...

How absolutely exciting. I can hardly WAIT for your court date to be passed, and your travel date to arrive!!!! It will be here before you know it, friend. How wonderful to be journeying with you :)

Doug and Monica said...

Love the new family picture!! It is great!

Amy said...

Miss you my friend. So excited for you that everything is there. We are still waiting on a fingerprint date. Go figure my state is behind. Ugh. Praying for you and can't wait till your sweet boy is in that beautiful family picture too. Love you- Amy