We love incorporating anything Ethiopian into our daily lives here...and, it sure brings plenty of smiles to the kids' faces:)
One month home....wow!!! She is doing amazingly well. She is such a sweet little girl. We continue to lay pretty low... she does not like too much noise or crowds of people. Lately, she has been trying to explain some of her memories from her life in ET. I listen as tears are welling up in my eyes. I hug her. tears stream down her beautiful face. tough. but, so good that she is going through the grieving process. The kids (yes, all 5 of them!) continue to camp out in our room...Ariyat loves being near us, so we feel that this is whats best for the time being...hoping & praying that when it's time to venture back upstairs, it won't be too hard of a transition. But, for now...everyone loves waking up each morning to all 7 of us in a room:) Like I said, we are really trying to cocoon to the best of our ability & even though it can be tough at times, we certainly can see that it is what is needed. So, thank you for understanding & loving our family during this time.
We would appreciate your prayers in a few different areas... Ariyat's ear...she is on round 2 of meds & her ear could definitely use healing. We pray that her hearing hasn't been affected.
We are trying to decide what to do as far as her starting school this fall....should she start or wait, either is an option. Trying to discern whether it's in her best interest or not. Yes, she might pick up more english skills that way, but feeling not so sure about putting her in a classroom setting just yet.
Pray for healing in her little heart and mind.
We are so thankful that God chose us to be Ariyats family. What a blessing she is to all of us:) Thankful that after one month home, we are all growing closer to one another and God. xo