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Monday, November 23, 2009

"do you treat them differently?

We had two different people ask us this question while in Ethiopia. They are both precious, Christ-following, well educated, Ethiopians, simply trying to understand our world back home. I was surprised the first time, paused and one followed with, "well it is so obvious just by looking at them that they aren't blood."

Moody and I both immediately explained they are actually more loved and cared for by our older 4 kiddos than they care for each other! :) I wish they could each see our coming home video, see the love my kids have for one another and know my heart for these two amazing gifts the Lord has entrusted us to raise. It was really a precious moment as we talked to these 2 friends and shared our love for these boys and their country. We all had tears in our eyes, especially as we talked about Abe's special needs. Oh, that reminds me about our visit to the Missionaries of Charity orphange--wow. My heart couldn't take it, I thought I was ready, prepared, but it was so much to take in.

More on that later as I will begin recapping our trip soon, but wanted to give a quick Seth update. He is such joy and all almost 3 year old boy. His language is coming, but I know he gets frustrated by the gap.

He loves the beep beep! Any and every opportunity to get in the car and go anywhere is pure bliss for this child! (Sorry it is so dark, took it on my phone.)
Sleep--the most challenging issue right now. He has a difficult time going to sleep for both his nap and bedtime. We read books, sing, rock, snuggle and still he fights it everytime. I know this will get easier and I'm amazed that with all he is processing- sleep is my chief complaint.
He is simply adored by everyone, especially his big bros!
First Target run. It was quick, but he did great and enjoyed his pasta. This kid loves his pasta. He is actually a great eater. :)
I must say that this is a fun age- really miraculous to watch all the firsts in his little life. His eyes light up, he flashes that huge smile and it melts your heart.
We are so thankful that he is home and we loving being a family of 8. We have much to be Thankful for this year.


tori said...

I just wanted to say congrats on your newwest son. I have adopted 5 children from our foster care system and my almost 3 year old little boy Sawyer looks so much like Seth! So of course I think he is just gorgeous!!

Danni and Tommy said...

Your family warms my heart. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)

3 Blessings said...

He is so precious.

da momma said...

oh i cant wait to see him!!
We have a bag in our car of things ELijah wants to we are ready when you say its a good time :)

Kim said...

Oh thank you for the update. Seth is precious indeed. We are so excited for your family of EIGHT!
Emily, I count you among my Thanksgiving blessings. We are so grateful for your introduction to the Hilliards. We cannot get enough of their family and are being feed like never before at Island ECC!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong!

The Porter Family said...

Thank you for sharing your journey!! It is such a joy to see your family living what you believe. Thank you again for letting us share this with y'all! Seth is adorable and we are so glad he is home. Love y'all!

Erica said...

Precious babe!!! Still reminds me of Silas. So. Much. The car, the pasta, love it. Oh and did I read his birthday is Dec 5? Silas' is Dec 3!

Beautiful post!! Love you, praying for you.

Amy said...

Thanks for glimpses of settling into life with your new little one. Your blog was one of the many things that God used to grow the seed of adoption that had already been planted. We are just about done with our paper chase and are asking for a toddler/preschooler - either gender. Keep the stories coming. They encourage me greatly!


Jillaine said...

The pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. We just sent our app. in for our adoption so we will keep you posted. Have a good Thanksgiving!

Oatsvall Team said...

he looks amazing ... so happy for you sister !!! love ya .... call me when you get a second !!!

Coneymama said...

On being an adopted child...I am adopted and have always, always loved that fact. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was theirs and they were mine. I loved that they had chosen to be my parents and that God had chosen them just for me. There is no difference, whether we are grown in our mother's heart or under it, love is love. I now have the privelege of knowing both of my birth parents and my heart just continues to grow with all the extra people to love.

Your journey brings so much joy!
God is GOOD!!

missy said...

so glad to get the update. the love in your family is so evident it leaps off the computer screen. happy thanksgiving to you all!

Kristi J said...

too sweet...he looks awesome!! Gotta love Target :) kj

Kari said...

The new pics are so much fun!! Is he having the best time with his new family or what! I hope the sleepy problems ease away quickly for him & you:))
Love ya!

Lori said...

I love it!!! More, more!

Jen said...

I love seeing him. Miracles and gifts wrapped in one. He is precious.

Haven't we discovered that sleep is over-rated:) When we are old and the house is empty...we won't want to sleep.

Anonymous said...

He is a blessing :0) I keep wondering how "mother, may I?" translates...wondering if he would like the game as much as his siblings. :0)

Sydney said...

Well, I want to comment on so many things like how sweet your others are with him, and how precious his smile is and more- but I have to comment on- They sell pasta at Target?? Who knew?

Anonymous said...

Seriously Em, he is just precious. Looks like he's just fitting right in! So glad things are going well- and you're so right, there's just SO much to be thankful for. God is so good-

Rebecca said...

How amazing is your family? Seth Eyasu is a perfect fit. I love the updates!!!

suzanne said...

I cannot believe that this is the first chance that I have even gotten to log on and see your lil cutie pie! Seriously? Could he be ANY more beautiful? Could we be ANY more blessed this Thanksgiving? AND I am so sad that we don't live in the same town so that we could have greeted each other at the airport! AND LOVE LOVE LOVE all your 147 gear! LOVE LOVE LOVE you and praying for sleep for you! xxoo

Anonymous said...

All we could get Isaac to eat in Ethiopia was pasta...ha! Also, Trevor has that same Ethiopian sweat band set! He is precious! So so so Happy for your family!!!


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