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11:12AM

More pix of the girls at WACAP house in Addis Ababa

Vonne and her mom (Nona Vonne) are a scant 10 days from leaving for Ethiopia, and we are but 18 days from welcoming the girls (much work to be done on the new "girls room" for Vonne Mei, Metsewat and Abebu).  Our eldest, Emily, is in the process of packing up for college and yielding her "biggest bedroom" for the cause.

Just got some more photos of the girls by parents currently in Addis.  Clipped them down to remove any other kids from the frame.

First is Abbie [our nickname going forward for Abebu]:


Her hair seems to be coming in nicely.

Next is Metsue [our nickname going forward for Metsewat]:

 

 

Then the pair of them:

The main reason why I'm chilling on the blog this month is all the stuff we need to get ready for the girls' arrival on the 28th.  We are a home in tremendous transition.

Reader Comments (3)

Beautiful girls, Tom. You're an awesome Dad.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Hasselberger

Sir, I have been reading your blog for years now, and your thoughts and books have assisted me in what (I hope) were sucessful tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, Djibouti, and my final active duty tour (I am a now-retired Army Reservist who flew helicopters in Vietnam) at the Pentagon.

However, nothing I have read of yours has ever equaled your accounts of going to pick up your adopted daughter in China ("I know that face" is what I remember from that bog), and the recent one about your two newly-adopted daughters from Ethiopia.

My wife came into the "man cave" when I was reading your blog, and asked me what was wrong and why I was crying. I read her the story and we both cried.

There are other things I think I should be saying, but I'm just not that talented to put them into words.

Just know that this is one retired soldier who appreciates that while you are very good at looking at the big things, you have never lost sight of the importance of the little things. I don't mean to say that adopting is "little thing" - it is just a macro vice micro sort of reference! - but that what really makes the difference in the world is how we treat each other and those closest to us.

You have made a difference to me and are making a difference to those little girls, and that is not a bad thing to hang your hat on!

God Bless,

Mike

Mike,

That helps plenty on a tough day.

But the good news is: I'm headed back to Ethiopia to see my girls!

August 9, 2010 | Registered CommenterThomas P.M. Barnett

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