Celebrating our adoption day

December 27, 2009 at 9:18 pm 7 comments


You likely remember that we traveled to Ethiopia last January with three other families.  One family was the Andersons and they adopted two little boys who we just adore.  The boys are deaf and Jillian, their mom is a sign language interpreter. 

The other day, I surfed over to her blog and came across a post that included this story:   

We recently received a Christmas card from Rosie’s family. Her and her husband’s little baby was in our travel group, and Morgan Yisak loves him dearly. It had 3 pictures of baby A on there…Morgan Yisak asked if he had turned one years old yet.

“Yes, he is one now,” I told him.

He pumped both fists in the air and slightly leaped off the ground and giggled. He signed, “He made it! I love baby A. He not dead.”

Turning one is a huge celebration to Morgan Yisak-it means they made it out of infancy and the loom of death and sickness.

Morgan is 7 years old and, yet he already knows how precious, how fleeting, how impermanent life is.  He knows that it can be taken from you in a moment, that nothing is guaranteed, that life itself is reason for celebration.  On Tuesday, December 29th, we will celebrate the day our adoption was legalized in Ethiopia.  In honor of our baby and in memory of all the babies who do not make it to their first birthdays, we will make a donation to Hopemongers as part of our celebration of this union because we believe that the only just world is one where turning one is not a surprise.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jen  |  December 27, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Happy Adoption Day! I can’t believe it’s been a year for you all! Isn’t it amazing to think of all the wonderful and challenging ways your life has changed in that year? I celebrate with you all the happiness of the past year and the hope and anticipation of the coming year! Much love to you all as you celebrate this milestone.

  • 2. Jillian  |  December 28, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Hopemongers are fabulous and what a wonderful way to celebrate! Hugs to you all!
    I think it is so cute that they still call him “baby A”…wonder how big he will be before/if they ever change his sign name.

  • 3. Erin & Wendy  |  December 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    sooo awesome and amazing! what a cutie-patootie!!!

    thank you for your generosity! we love hopemongers!

  • 4. Wendi Henry  |  December 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    couldn’t agree with you more on the “just world” … a precious story. thank you for sharing and for promoting HopeMongers but most of all, thank you for being a fellow Hope Monger! You are why we do what we do!

  • 5. Rhiannon Bowman  |  December 28, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Hey Rosie,

    A very good friend of mine, Kati, is the mother of two youngin’s from Guatemala, Lulu (4) and Will (5). Not long after I met her, she told me about their “Happy Family Days.” That’s what they call the day Will and Lulu’s adoption was finalized.

    I love that their family celebrates every year. The kids look forward to their “Happy Family Day” because it’s like a second birthday (they receive a gift). As a friend, I look forward to it because it’s a good time to learn more about their family and celebrate their love for each other with them.

    Happy Family Day, Rosie. Thank you for sharing your joy with us.

    Rhi B. ;)

  • 6. Camille Smicz  |  December 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I didn’t see this on her blog yet, THANK YOU so much for sharing. Did you get your calendar, I hope? =)

  • 7. christinaalicia  |  December 30, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Muy feliz dia de adopcion Rosie, y feliz ano nuevo. I hope you are yours are all good and well! Un abrazo fuerte!


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