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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Goin on a Road Trip

I am SOOOO excited! We leave this Wednesday morning to go visit my family in Washington!!

Nathaniel's so excited to see his Grandparents, Great-Grandparents and his Auntie & Uncle that he (actually we did, but don't tell anyone) packed himself in his backpack! Way Too Happy

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Happy Ethiopian New Year!

Today, September 11th is the beginning of the year 2001 for Ethiopia. To celebrate this very special day, we took some pictures:

Dressed in his Ethiopian soccer jersey

Who can resist this smile???

Wearing one of his traditional Ethiopian outfits.

You may be asking why Ethiopia is celebrating the year 2001. Here is some information about the celebration of the Ethiopian New Year and why they are 7 years behind us:

Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash)

Ethiopia still retains the Julian calendar, in which the year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each and a 13th month of 5 days and 6 days in leap year. The Ethiopian calendar is 8 years behind the Gregorian calendar from January to September and 7 years behind between September 11 and January 8.

The Ethiopian New Year falls in September at the end of the big rains. The sun comes out to shine all day long creating an atmosphere of dazzling clarity and fresh clean air. The highlands turn to gold as the Meskel daisies burst out in all their splendour. Ethiopian children clad in brand new clothes dance through the villages giving bouquets of flowers and painted pictures to each household.

September 11th is both New Year's Day and the Feast of St. John the Baptist. The day is called Enkutatash meaning the "gift of jewels." When the famous Queen of Sheba returned from her expensive jaunt to visit King Solomon in Jerusalem, her chiefs welcomed her back by replenishing her treasury with enku or jewels. The spring festival has been celebrated since these early times and as the rains come to their abrupt end, dancing and singing can be heard at every village in the green countryside. After dark on New Year's Eve people light fires outside their houses.

The main religious celebration takes place at the 14th-century Kostete Yohannes church in the city of Gaynt within the Gondar Region. Three days of prayers, psalms, and hymns, sermons, and massive colourful processions mark the advent of the New Year. Closer to Addis Ababa, the Raguel Church, on top of the Entoto Mountain north of the city, has the largest and most spectacular religious celebration. But Enkutatash is not exclusively a religious holiday, and the little girls singing and dancing in pretty new dresses among the flowers in the fields convey the message of springtime and renewed life. Today's Enkutatash is also the season for exchanging formal New Year greetings and cards among the urban sophisticated in lieu of the traditional bouquet of flowers.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

3 Month Post Placement

Tomorrow marks 3 months since "Gotcha Day" for Nathaniel, so today was our 3 Month Post Placement visit from our social worker.

We really enjoyed our time with Briana, and felt more like we were visiting with an old friend! She seemed to enjoy our little guy and he really liked her too!

It was great to meet you today, Briana, and we look forward to our other Post Placement meetings with you!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Happy 8 Month Birthday, Nathaniel!!!

I can't believe he is already 8 months old! Wednesday the 10th it will be 3 months since he has been in our arms!

He has grown so much and is on the verge of crawling and could cut a tooth any day!

When I measured him on Saturday, he was 28 1/2 inches long! That is a full inch more than last month. He weighed in at 21 pounds with a diaper on (the doctors office weighs him in the buff).

I thank the Lord everyday that he brought this little miracle into our lives! I couldn't imagine our lives without him!

Happy 8 Month birthday! We love you, Nathaniel!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Nathaniel and his hat :-)

One of Nathaniel's adorable outfits (I picked it out myself! :-)) has a matching hat. I love putting hats on him, but it definitly not one of his favorite things. Here is the story of Nathaniel and his hat...enjoy!

Umm, Mom, why am I wearing a hat?
I don't like hats.
Time to take it off!

Why won't this thing come off?

A little help would be nice.

All this work can really wear a little guy like me out!

AH-HA! Success! No more hat!

Oh, Mom! Not again!!!!! :-) :-)

Who needs toys...

...when you can play with your dog's license tag. It makes pretty noises!