Tuesday, August 18, 2009

First Report

We are alive and doing great.  Ethiopia is really unlike any place I've ever been.  The poverty is astounding.  Yesterday we arrived a little late, and it took 2 hours to get through customs.  Needless to say, we were running later than expected and had to literally drop our bags in our room and go (no electricity yesterday).  Meeting Mia was surreal, partially because I couldn't believe we were actually there and partially because we were going on 30 hours without any good sleep.  Today we went shopping in the morning, and then we got to bring Mia back to the hotel with us.  We've been having lots of fun; she is a snuggle bug and a great baby so far.  We gave her her first bath in our bathroom sink and Travis has now successfully changed 2 diapers.  I'm hoping to attach a couple of pictures, but if they don't go through, sorry.  The internet is slower than dial up.  We love you all and can't wait for you to meet her!






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20 comments:

Emily said...

She is SO cute!!!!!! What a gorgeous little girl. Thank you, God, for the blessings you have bestowed.

starfitch said...

That is one glowing happy family!!! I'm so thrilled for you to be holding your sweet bundle in your arms at last. God is good!

Sabrina said...

Love the pictures Sarah and love you guys, she looks like she always belonged with you two. Love you Aunt Pam

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Amie said...

Congrats! You made it! Thanks for sharing the pictures and the update. We love you guys so much and can't wait to meet Miss Mia Taylor!

Safe travels.

Anne said...

I hardly know what to say except she's beautiful (of course, with the big smile for mommy and daddy) and I love you guys. Can't wait to see you in person.

mrs boo radley said...

Glad you made it! What a lovely child! God bless.

Marge P said...

She is so adorable! Her smile is contagious & she appears to have taken quite well to Mom & Dad as well as Mom & Dad being in awe of her. God is certainly good. Enjoy getting to know your new daughter.

The Heddleson's said...

She is so adorable! I am glad you made it safely. Enjoy this time!

Mark and Lisa Heddleson

Melissa said...

I'm so glad you all made it there. I'm so glad you got to see her and take care of her as soon as you did. We'll be praying for your return home to be quick and easy and safe.
enjoy your week!!

IUgirl78 said...

Oh, wow. God is so good!!!! She is so adorable and has the most beautiful smile. I am so happy that you are getting to finally hold your little girl!

Jean said...

OMG!! What a GREAT pic that second one is!! I LOVE her beautiful smile!! I am so excited you guys have her in your arms!! Can't wait to get there myself!!

JC

Jean said...

Ooops - I meant the third picture (the second family pic is cute too, but I really LOVE that last one!!)

Kimberly Fullton said...

What a blessing. Praise God for building this family just according to His plan! So happy for you!!
Kim

Leslie said...

You are a beautiful family full of such love! How amazing it must be to finally hold your baby girl :) God is so good!!!!

Crazy Roots in Africa said...

OH MY GOSH!! She is an absolute angel in your arms. That smile is amazing! I am so excited for you guys, what joy beaming from those eyes! So excited for you guys! We're praying for health and God driven transitions over the next couple of days and weeks, and months and years. . .
Gina Root AWAA YG

Samantha Sharrett said...

I love her already. she is a doll!

mjsofi said...

Oh she is so beautiful. You are such a beautiful family!!
Love,
Jill

Kathy H said...

God is so good!! I love the photo of both of you with her. I can't wait to meet Mia in person. She's so beautiful. Enjoy your time there. God Bless!

braun brothers said...

AMAZING!!! She is just gorgeous and your family is beautiful. :) What an amazing blessing!