Tuesday, June 10, 2008

E is for Ethiopia

We received one of our first gifts for our baby a couple of months ago. It is, perhaps, one of the most thoughtful gifts anyone could have gotten for us. Our friend Emily and her daughter Gabby (also our goddaughter) sent me this book, special ordered from a couple in Canada.

As you can probably tell from the title, E is for Ethiopia is a children's alphabet book, but instead of phrases like, "B is for blocks", they use items particular to Ethiopia, like "B is for the Blue Nile". (Although if you ever happen to one day in the future read this book to my daughter, you'll notice that the Blue Nile isn't very blue...in fact it's pretty brown and muddy looking.) Also in the back of the book is a description of all the items/places mentioned and a brief history/cultural lesson. Travis and I found out all kinds of tidbits of information about Ethiopia, such as:

"C is for Coffee" - Did you know that coffee is Ethiopia's largest export? In fact, Ethiopia is the first place on record that learned how to roast coffee beans and then brew them. They love their coffee, and they have special coffee ceremonies each day where the women roast the beans over a fire. (And as much as we love coffee, I'm sure we'll be sending back lots of coffee on our trip!)

I can't wait to begin reading this book to our daughter and teaching her about her heritage. Thank you Emily & Gabby for this very special gift!


starfitch said...

That sounds exactly like Emily...she's very thoughtful. Hi...I'm Jessica and Emily sent me the link to your blog. She has told me a bit of your story and I'm sure you are so excited and can't wait to meet your daughter! I thought maybe you would enjoy this blog...

I don't know this person, but she is adopting her son from Ethiopia and has links to other international adoption blogs too.

Best of luck and I can't wait to follow your journey! God bless!

Emily said...

Awww...shucks. Glad you enjoyed your book! Can't wait to read it to your little one someday. Heck, maybe Gabby will be able to read it to her! She IS brilliant, you know. She'll probably be able to read it by next month. Haha That book was a great find! We'll keep our eyes peeled for more fun gifts! Can't wait to shower our little Taylor child!

Adam said...

we have that book as well and we think that it will be a great way to show our children(when they come home) about their birth country