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Monday, September 15, 2008


I think we are finally back to reality! We are settling into our routine as a family of 7. We have officially started our homeschool year, and the kids are back to all of their activities. I don't love the busy schedule, but we sure love the addition of Abe to our family.  He makes each day brighter- just look at that face! :)  He is sleeping great (getting up once for a bottle and right back down) so I physically feel so much better now.  

Ethiopia is still at the forefront of our minds, and we are praying for the Lord to show us how we can serve there long-term.  More on that as we continue to process....I know I have said that a few times, but those that have traveled can back me up on this one! :)


Sarah said...

he's just gorgeous! i didn't realize you homeschooled...i've thought about that some but don't know much about it. i was a teacher before having grace, but the thought of teaching my own scares me:) i may post abe's little pix on my blog...i've posted your videos and have so many family/friends that have fallen in love with that little guy! they ask me about him like i know you all personally!
take care!

The Albertsons said...

He's so precious :).
And yes, I can back you up on the processing and the scheming on how to serve/get back to Ethiopia... feels like our true home!
Glad you're getting settled!

Erica said...

Absolute handsomeness!

I'm with you on the processing. It took me about 6-7 weeks to work through all of my thoughts and emotions. So glad things are calming down at the Alexander house.

Lori said...

I love him!! How cute!

I (just this weekend) feel like someone/something lifted in me and like "ok, I'm ready to live a regular life again"! I don't know how to explain the fog - but you know!

I'm anxious to see what the Lord has planned for you - I've been thinking alot about when our trip back will be and how we can be best used to serve people...

ps... you do have a new tutor, right???!!!! :0

Steve & Danae said...

Totally know what you mean....Hence Gobena

darci said...

He's adorable. I just started following your blog while you were in ethiopia. so happy for you, and wept at your slideshows. we are a homeschooling family in Saskatchewan..we'll be going from being 5 to a family of 7, as well, thru Eth. adoption. congratulations and God bless. darci

Holli said...

his sweet face could brighten a night!! he just did mine!
praying that God could show us all to bring honor to our childrens birth place!

Hauswife said...

Wonderful! You're a PRO, Em! Wow, I'm so thrilled that he's settling into your family life so well... You are such an amazing mama for starting school right away and getting back into regular activities. When I grow up I want to be more like you. :)

Love that little face! What a handsome gentleman. Miss you guys!

These Three Kings said...

oh, wow...what beauty!

just stopping in to say hello
glad to hear things are coming along

love you!


Ellen said...

I love that sweet little "rubberneck"! :) He has such a beautiful toothless smile!
I hope you can go back to ET in the future! What better way to minister than to share the love of Christ with those precious children.

Hope school goes well!

Blog Shmog said...

He is perfect. :)

Kelly said...

Congratulations! What a blessing! Your family is so beautiful....and even more so now with your new addition. I received the info from Clay K. while you were in Ethiopia and stayed up one night reading about your journey to this point. God is SO good!

You may not remember meeting us at Moody's 20th reunion (we weren't there for the 25th.) My husband Steve and I went to high school with Moody. Anyway, know that folks in Virginia were praying for you while you were in Ethiopia! Thank you for sharing God's glory in such a beautiful way here on your blog. You are a light!

The Roberts Family said...

So great knowing you're finally all together!! Rejoicing with you and anxious to hear what it is the Lord is going to do next. :) Blessings, Shelly

Wolfemom said...

He's beautiful! What a blessing indeed!

Melissa said...

Oh he is the most beautiful thing! Love you!

Oatsvall Team said...

I can only imagine what your mind must be doing on a daily basis as you think back to all those precious people you met in Ethiopia ... I am sure God will direct you on where you are to serve there ... I love looking at that sweet face ... I have thought of nothing since emailing w/ Nikki but our sweet son/daughter ... God is so good to burden us w/ such important things ...

I love you sister !!!!

Kristi J said...

I can't wait to travel so I can see it all for myself...He is adorable!!!! kristi

Jen said...

That is a beautiful reality.

Aimee said...

I know what you mean. I traveled nearly a year ago and still think of Ethiopia everyday. I look forward to going back and making some impact.

Your son is beautiful.

Tracy said...

I know exactly what you mean! It will never leave you! Abe is too precious for're way ahead of where I was at this time with only one bottle at night! :)

Jess said...

That's my favorite picture of him!

I can relate on how God knits your heart to the country your child comes from! I am looking forward to seeing what God does with your family there!!

Ellen said...

Beautiful family - I so enjoy reading your blog!

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