The days on the long road of one families Ethiopian Adoption

This blog started out as a way to record the twists, turns, highs and lows in my families journey to adopt siblings from Ethiopia. Now our children are home and we have just finished celebrating our first year as a family.

I'm Kimberly (or Fendesha), an adventurous person who aspires to be a vagabond- but for now- I spend all of my free time travelling and my down time thinking of travelling. I'm a mom of 3 (the oldest being my gorgeous canine companion), a IT project manager, and on occasion I find myself the primary writer of this blog.

Happy Reading and thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Backyard fun

Yesterday we went to the science museum in the morning and discovered that "mommy" needs to learn to explain things differently- as Habtamu now thinks Nana R has a moose in her house- instead of moose and Nana live in Maine-laugh. Upon arriving home- we still had about half of the day to figure out how to amuse ourselves (has time ever gone so slowly???) so I took "geneva's" back yard swimming pool out of the shed - and had the kids play in it. They LOVE water- and go "swimming" with us a few times a week- but not wanting to do that alone with them- we settled for the dogs pool. Then we taught Debritu what the correct end of the popsicle you eat- although I'm sure the stick takes pretty good too????
Have a great day- off to find ourselves some more entertaining moments today!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Debritu loves to eat, Habtamu loves clothes and getting dressed- he picked this outfit out.

first time in the stroller and falling asleep standing up- while mom learns to do hair.

Welcome Home Kiddos!!!

Coffee with our Ethiopian Family and at school in Ethiopia with mom.

Going for a walk with new family- Auntie Eldana and Daddy.
First picture with the 4 of us (and Dr. Tseguy)

Photo: Denis meeting his children for the first time.

This week Denis returned to work and we are beginning a schedule. If you can call it a schedule- it's the most our lives have ever 'resembled' anything that you could call a schedule anyway.

Each morning I wake up to figure out where we have to go- and if the calendars empty look at where can we go-laugh. The idea of spending allllllll day in the house with the kids makes me crazy- so we go out. Anywhere. The park, the lake, for a walk, to the Ecotarium, to the childrens museum- and to Boston to get Injera.

The kids eat mostly Ethiopian food at this time and it's a really good thing I learned to cook- between cooking and grasping the language a bit- the transition has been much easier than many that we've seen - although I think mostly it's the kids. They are really great.

There is a CD on Amazon- amharic for adopting parents - if you don't already have it and you are getting an older child- it's a great start!!! And knowing how to say words like- stop- this is going to hurt- eat and ohh- and please take the cherrios out of your ears.... will come in very handy. :-)

We'll off to begin our day- it's only 7:00 and I am not sure what is open yet-but when you get up at 5:30- things open really late!! By 10:00 it is nap time-laugh.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Home Sweet Home?

Sorry for my absence! I've been busy just trying to a) find my socks and then b) find time to put them on-- and other simple things that were easy enough to do for myself pre-children. My heart-aches with missing Ethiopia as you could all suspect and I can't wait to return but in the meantime I thought I'd spend the next year
a) cleaning up breakfast off the floor,
b) pulling up my pants-that Debritu has pulled down-while still trying to finish doing the dishes
c) find all of the pieces to the toys so the kids can spread them out about the room the next time they play with them.
d) get the kids in and out of the car as I realize I've forgotten things in the house- eventually actually leaving to find we're late or I've pretty much forgotten where we were going to go or why it was important in the first place.
e) and most off all- sleep- what the heck- I thought people said kids sleep a lot???? I don't call being awake. Okay actually they are sleeping pretty well- but by the time I finish doing everything in the house they are awake again???

I'm dying for Letay and Escala and Heyme to come and help me!!!! Please. And if we have to eat Dabbo and Chai much longer I"m going to puke!!!

Okay- enough on that- I'll include some pictures in a bit- it's amazing to have the kidddos home- really it is. It's now noon- and feels like it should be around 6pm in my prior life as I watch the clock go tick tock tick tock and wonder how to "entertain" the next.
Trust me- for those of you still waiting (I'm socked and horrified that you don't have you referral yet E) and It sure is rewarding- but in the beginning don't be surprised if you find it terribly boring at times too... there are only so many times I can stand building the blocks up just to knock them down or hear "look at this momeyeh".... ugh but th Momeyeh part.. that's really cool.... the giardia filled diapers on the other hand... EWEWEEWWWWW

Hugs and love..

Meme Stevens- Beautiful Song- get Kleenex

Oh the places I've Been (and might go again)