I can't wait to see them:
....look at us for the first time and know that we are real!
....hug their new brother and sisters.
....tucked into their very own bed (they have never had a bed to call their own).
....be tickled by their Daddy.
....take a warm bubble bath (they have never had a warm bath- probably not a bath at all).
....ride on an airplane to their new country.
....walk into their new home and see their new rooms.
....play in our playroom.
....meet their four wonderful grandparents.
....go into our pantry for a snack of their choice (they have never been able to "snack").
....splash in the swimming pool.
....play hide and go seek with our family.
....talk on the phone for the first time.
....make pancakes with their siblings.
....snuggled up in our bed for Saturday morning family time.
....pray around our table at dinner.
....dance and sing at Kidstuf on Sunday mornings.
....meet all 16 cousins.
....call us mom and dad.
....have McDonald's for the first time.
....have brand new shoes that fit perfectly.
....ride their bikes down our street.
....eat an ice cream cone.
....watch snow fall (it doesn't snow in Ethiopia)
....visit the dentist (Dr. Massari- Wilson is the best!)
....paint a picture.
....have their first ever birthday party.
....play in the sand at the beach.
....in a brand new outfit that belongs only to them.
....swing on a swing at the park.
....decorate our Christmas tree.
....laugh at one of Jacob's jokes.
....cook in the kitchen with Kaylee.
....dance in our basement with Lindsay.
....sing at the top of their lungs with Megan.
....fall in love with Jesus!
The list could go on and on but the very last one that I thought of was that I can't wait until they both mess up and they realize that their mom and dad still love them! I can't wait to see them know that they are loved unconditionally with a love that will last forever- To see them know that we will always be their mom and dad-
So many of these things that I listed are taken for granted by me. I can have a snack anytime, my shoes all fit, I know that I am loved, and I have a family- So many children in this world have none of these- As I go back to bed tonight I will pray that more families will say yes to God's call to love those who are fatherless and allow many more children to experience all of these "first's".
Tizita and Geremew,
Your mom loves you and her heart aches that she can't bring you home. I know that God is in complete control and although I don't understand why He is allowing this long time of waiting- I completely trust Him. I just can not wait for you to be an everyday part of our family and I look forward to so many first things with you both! You are loved more than you could ever begin to imagine and prayed for more than any two children I know- As you wake up this morning I pray that you will feel loved! Longing for the day that I can hold you both, Mom