Saturday, March 14, 2009

Not Slowing Down...

So, when we were talking before we went to Ethiopia, we wondered if we would slow down at all.  The answer is NOPE!  We always seem to be on the go and we are so glad that Tegegn doesn't mind at all.  He actually loves meeting new people and often has a hard time leaving.  He gets really sad.  Last weekend we went up north to visit our friends - The Bigelows.  We had a wonderful time together and we were happy that we were able to meet the newest addition to their family, Little Miss Audrey.  She is a beautiful baby.  She seems so tiny since we are so used to Tegegn.  It was fun catching up and exchanging what it is like now that we are parents!

The new mothers with their children - our first group picture.

A precious picture of Audrey

On Monday I started my last class at IUK - YIPEE!  I am so thankful that it is only an 8 week course.  It is a lot of group work, but it will be okay.  I have class on Monday's and Wednesdays.  
On Thursday, our niece Amy and her boyfriend, Brelin, came to visit us while they were on Spring Break.  We had an amazing time with them.  It means so much to me that they love our son and cherish the time they get to spend with him.  Tegegn loves them so much!

Tegegn showing Amy where his head.

Tegegn playing with Brelin.

On Friday, Chris hung out with some of his guy friends and I had the opportunity to go to Lafayette to meet up with some of our dear friends in out Ethiopian Adoption group.  This is the first time that they have met Tegegn.  It was amazing!  Since all of us are going through the same thing, we have such a deep connection and it feels like we have been friends for a long time.  Several of the couples have referrals, three couples passed court within the last week, some should be getting their referrals any day and others are working on their paperwork.  God has really blessed us with this group of friends.  They hold a special place in our hearts and I think it will be wonderful for Tegegn to know that other families are just like us.

Speaking of adoption, today we had Brad and Meagan over to our house.  I met Brad through work last November.  He works at Roche and we decided to set up an "exchange of ideas" to benefit both of our companies.  Little did we know at that time that our paths had crossed for a reason.  Brad emailed me while we were in Ethiopia and when I responded to him I apologized for the delay and told him that we were in Ethiopia picking up our son.  Brad emailed me back right away and told me that they just started the process to adopt from Ethiopia too!  We became instant friends and decided to get together when we settled in a bit.  We had a great time sharing our experience with them and we look forward to seeing them again in the future.  

After Brad and Meagan left, we decided to go to Greentown to walk and play on the playground.  We had a blast and Tegegn loved it.  He absolutely loves being outside.  What a great fit for our family!  We played on the equipment and pushed him in the jogging stroller.  What a great day!

Chris and Tegegn walking the balance beam.

Tegegn loved the swing.  He was talking up a storm.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of our little guy.  We both decided to pick up a new hobby.  We are really loving photography these days.  

Tegegn was so tired at the end of the day.  Isn't he precious?  

He love his bunny.  This is his comfort.  He has had it next to his side when he sleeps every night since we met him in December.  


Kevin said...

tell me that some of these pictures were taken with your new 40D!! They have to be.....the smooth backgrounds on some of the portraits tell me that you are using a small f-number!!!!!!! they look amazing!!!

Jess said...

This post rocked! You have so many friends and family it is amazing!!! The pictures are so awesome and I love the one of him sleeping :) Tegegn is so stinkin' adorable it is ridiculous :) The only thing missing is his Bear's outfit :) Love ya!

Kevin & Laura said...

Sarah, loved meeting you in person! I have to agree with earlier comment that Tegegn is ridiculously cute! What a great personality too! I love that you guys are so on the go-- we have worried a little bit about how much we would have to slow down-- we love going-- it's great to see how well he has adjusted and loves people!

Wendi and Mark said...

Love your new photos of Tegegn -- especially the one at the header of your blog! He is just too cute --love his smile!! Thanks for coming over on Friday night. Great to see you! Hope we can get together again soon!