Sunday, March 27, 2016

Dear Enat ~

Dear Enat ~
My mama heart knows you are thinking about him and wondering about this journey he is on.

He's 10 today!  Can you believe that?!?!?!

He is getting ready to head onto 4th grade with the help and guidance of so many amazing people at his school and at our deaf church.  He knows Jesus and LOVES him with all of his heart.  He is getting more and more confident in his signing and communicating with the hearing world around him.  His love of video games and movies would make you laugh.  His favorite thing to do on the weekend is being able to sleep on the couch!  His favorite color is still blue.  He and his brother Tariku are truly the best of friends day in and day out.  He loves to make people laugh and there is no one in the world that he loves more then his papa.  He's doing amazing with sports and continues to play on a travel futbol club.  He also enjoys basketball and golf. His papa taught him to ride a bike (something we were told he would never do!)

He has learned to be an big brother as we walk this journey of fostering and is always a go with the flow kind of kiddo!

He LOVES unconditionally and with all that he has and he is so incredibly LOVED.  I know you would be so very proud of the young man he is becoming.

Happy Happy Birthday Tewdros Joshua - you are truly the love of our life and we are blessed to call you son!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Dear Enat ~

Dear Enat ~
Well its that time of year again.  The time when you are on my mind constantly.  The time of year that I wonder are you thinking about him, are you wondering what and how he is doing, the time I wonder if you miss him as much as I do when he's gone from me for simply a night or 2?

Today our boy turns 11!!  It seems like it was only yesterday that we arrived in Ethiopia to meet a shy, quiet 5 year old and then in the blink of an eye he's 11 and getting ready for 5th grade!

I want you to know he is great - he is thriving at school, loves his brother and his family with all his heart, knows and loves Jesus.  He still thinks yellow is the best color in the world.  His sign language has come a long way as he grows with Tewdros.  He spent this past year with trips to Wisconsin, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and Mexico.  He continues to play futbol and basketball and his golf game is quite impressive!!  He has become an amazing foster brother as he will tell you that it is our job to stand in the gap and love those when they need it most.

His heart and compassion for others lead him to extraordinary opportunities.  But most of all he is LOVED and LOVES so many.  So thank you - thank you for knowing the worth of his life when you made that decision all those years ago.  And know that we talk about you often.

A few photos to recap his 10th year!

Happy Happy Birthday Tariku James - you are and always will be our greatest love