June 6, 2008

He's A Daddy's Boy!

I can't belive we're already on day #6 of this adventure. We received Ashton Wondemu's Ethiopian passport complete with his American visa today, so we're free and clear to return to the USA! Due to some medical concerns (nothing too serious, but worth taking the propper precautions) we're going to head home early and leave either Sunday or Monday evening. This will put us back in NY on either Monday or Tuesday morning so that we can schedule a visit with Dr. Aronson next week instead of having to wait until the week after. It's been an amazing week. We've done more laundry than ever before (gDiapers are fantastic, but tend to leak here and there), met amazing people, seen unforgettable sights, and are anxious to be settled in at home so that we can propperly reflect on every minute. We met the birth mother today. I still can't even think about it much less write about it without tearing up. She is an amazing woman. We're so excited to reintroduce Ashton Wondemu to his birth country in a few years. We were thinking we would wait 7-10 years, but after this experience I'd be amazed if we weren't back in 5.
 
On with the pictures - Enjoy!
 
 

16 comments:

Gamma! said...

AMAZING - words can't express possbily express my heartfelt thoughts of love. Gamma

Anonymous said...

He is just precious! We Just can't wait to hug all over him!! The kids just stare at his pictures, and are telling everyone about "Baby Ashton!" The are so excited to meet him!

julie said...

What a doll! So precious! Ashton looks so peacfull and "at home" in your arms. Sure you dont want to make a stop in MN sooner??!!

Anonymous said...

OMG, how special. He really looks small in these pictures. It does look like he's adapting well though. God Bless You All ! MOM C

Anonymous said...

OMG, how special. He really looks small in these pictures. It does look like he's adapting well though. God Bless You All ! MOM C

Katy said...

He's so beautiful. I'm loving following this time you're having there. I hope your ride home is uneventful and quick.

Amanda & Andrew said...

Ahhh! More pictures! :)
He is too precious.

I'm sorry to hear that there are some medical concerns, but I suppose minor ones are only to be expected.

It's unfortunate that you have to cut your trip short, but I think it's wonderful that you plan to return-possibly sooner rather than later! :)

I love seeing family pictures. You guys look so happy and so calm.

Although, I suppose once Ashton Wondemu's adjusted to life in the US, your lives will not be calm.

Enjoy the rest of the time in country!

Ms. M said...

OMG the pictures are the cutest. Ashton seriously is adorable. I love the one of him laying on dad's chest. So precious.

ms. v. said...

oh wow, he's tiny.... you can really see that when he's in your arms. but such a sweetheart... looks very calm around you two, also... safe trip home! :)

Anonymous said...

OH THERE ARENT ENOUGH WORDS TO EXPRESS HOW BEAUTIFUL HE IS!oops caps he just shines and so do you both! What a match made in heaven. Love kathy and Oma

Sandi said...

Such a gorgeous boy! What a wonderful family you have.

Misty said...

Oh my goodness! You are parents with your beautiful little boy in Ethiopia! I can hardly believe it, except it's exactly as it should be! Awesome. Love the pictures!

Gamma! said...

Good morning Ethiopia! Had to look at my beautiful grandson first thing this morning!
Joann wrote "He looks to contented with them - he must feel their love!" you think? :)
Debra wrote "Reading the story makes me weep. He is so cute I want to reach through the screen and hug and kiss him! God bless everyone. The upclose picutre did me in!"
Lots of other great words of congratulations for you from many here in Mnnesota and beyond! Have a great day! Love you all, mom/Gamma

Gamma! said...

Just heard you're missing the Snapple Big Apple BBQ Block Party in Manhattan today! MISSING it? I don't think so...just some fun trivia of what's going on back home while you're having the time of your life with your new little gem. Hope he's feeling better today. My prayers are with you - mom

courtney rose said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing. I can't wait to read more of your reflections- such an insightful writer you truly are.

I, too, am sorry to hear there are some health concerns and that you have to return a bit early. I'll rest better knowing everyone is healthy and happy and settled in.

Regarding your visit with Ashton's birth mother. The idea of it simply takes my breath away. I pray we will receive the same gift when we travel to pick up our little one.

Ashton looks comfy, safe and content. You and Mike look absolutely in awe and wonder.

Congrats!

Julie said...

Congratulations on your beautiful son!