Today we go to court for our re-adoption in the US. We explained this to the kids by talking about how their middle names would change, showing them what their new passports would look like, and talking to them about how they would be able to vote when they were older.  Meron said she wanted Abe Lincoln as president in 2008.

Today is the day you are off and away!  That is a line from Dr. Seuss’s Oh The Places You will Go.  It is symbolic of Brian’s and my journey over the last 1 1/2 years. 

 A year and a half ago we decided to terminate services with the adoption agency we had been working with and change countries from Panama to Ethiopia with the hope of adopting one child.  A year and half later, and three kids later here we are.  We are mother,  father,  soccer coach, PTA parents, homework teachers,  healers of the boo boos,  advocates  for both our kids and adoption, and so much more.

This is the end to this part of the journey, but just a beginning to our life journey.  I am excited to watch my kids grow.  I am excited to advocate for other adoptions especially in Ethiopia.  Brian and I have  also realized in the last few weeks that we as a family have the love, means, and energy to give to another child in the future when Yordie is a little more self sufficient.  I look forward to the places we will go, and am grateful for the places we have been.