Well Hello Sweet Boy!
Whew! It is chilly in our town today. It is bleak and cold and windy and about 35 degrees. It's not as bad as it was last week but the wind definitely reminds me it's winter. I just checked the weather in Addis and it's almost 80. It's going to be quite the change when you experience winter here for the first time. I can almost picture your chubby cheeks underneath a sweet stocking cap. We'll teach you how to bundle up--don't worry. Your dad and I have always lived where it gets very cold so we are happy to teach you the art of dressing in layers. I can't wait to put a colorful mittens on your sweet hands.
Today our friends are in Ethiopia picking up their daughter Elise. We are hoping you and Elise will be friends since we are friends with her parents and we all go to church together. Elise is finally coming home after a long, long wait. Watching her parents deal with the tough stuff of her transition makes me think a lot about you. We don't talk about it much, Little Man, but we know the circumstances that will bring you to us will not be happy ones. We know you will experience much hurt, sadness, and suffering in the months or years that lead to Dad and I being your parents. It hurts me and gives me a pit in my stomach to think of the pain I can't prevent in your life. We're going to have a long road to trust, I know, but know that my love for you is greater than any difficulty we could face as a family. I get teary just thinking about you being in any sort of pain. Please know that we would prevent it if we could. We want the best for you. We long to see the healing our heavenly father will bring about in our family and we cling to the knowledge that He makes all things beautiful in his time.
Little Man, I must get going. I am off to work for the rest of the day. You will be in my thoughts!