Thursday, May 21, 2009

Phenomenal Women... Part I

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don't believe I'm wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

- Maya Angelou

These are my two favorite pictures from last Friday.

In the morning I had picked Jess and Rebekah up from LAX. We went to Venice and walked around. When we got home I told them I had wine, beer, or champagne. We decided to have Kir Royales, and I put the word out to some friends. I texted Marley's mom, "Champagne at my hose now!" ( I am not very good at texting). Lauren thought I had gotten my referral. Why else would we be drinking champagne on a Friday afternoon? She rushed over, and I believe she actually burst with excitement. I felt absolutely terrible for letting her down, and absolutely touched that she would be that happy to hear of my news. The joke is now, that when we get our proposal/referral, I should proceed to text everyone with, "Champagne at my hose now!"

The impromptu celebration was lovely, proposal or not, women- new moms and more experienced moms- joined together to chat, learn from each other, and enjoy each other's company. It felt like something old-fashioned, hard to describe.

I think that when women join together...there is power.


  1. I CAN"T wait for the next announcement of champagne at your hose. I'll be there, with bells on!

    Soon, soon, hoping it will be soon (the mantra I say EVERY time I read your blog)

  2. You are so lucky to have such a group of Ethio adopt buddies in CA and throughout the country. You have quite the impact Julie. I loving tapping into the blogosphere, but hope to find a ET adoption circle here in Boston. I've searched the internet and haven't found them yet.

  3. Yay for the update. I have been stalking your blog today for a post about your visit with Jess and Rebekah. LOL...about Lauren rushing over to congratulate you.

  4. Ahhhh, i cannot tell you how much I wish I would love to be at a party like that.

  5. we are not alone!

    do you have any idea what an incredible friend you are? you text "champange at my hose now" and instantly your living room is full of women wanting to be with you?!

    I think I'll try that this Friday, I wonder if anyone will come?

  6. I am woman, hear me roar! Must you keep adding to my list of reasons to move to LA?

  7. ooh - I would LOVE to join you for bubbly at your hose! :-)

  8. Julie, even though I'm not in CA, I will anxiously await champagne at your hose!! Soon, it has to be soon, right? By the way Staci...I'm just south of Boston...

  9. Julie - I think if you put "champagne at my hose" on your blog and facebook, you'd have to move to a bigger house to accommodate all the people who would show up!

    Staci - I just emailed you about the Boston Ethiopia adoption group, I live in Roslindale and am waiting for a referral of a toddler.

  10. Ha Ha! It was so fun. However, we were clearly not replacement for The Referral and Lauren was sorely disappointed.

    Jess - if you call out champagne at your hose you know I'll be there!

  11. Zufan is watching me read this post and just said, "Mommy, your computer is laughing."

    That is so funny! Can't wait for the champagne at your hose! Also impressed that you texted the entire word "champagne." :)

    I agree, you must be the world's most awesome friend.

  12. Can't wait to have champagne at your hose-- so long as it stretches all the way to MN, I will absolutely be celebrating with you! There's a bottle in the fridge just waiting to be drunk in the name of Tesfaamlak and Mintesinot's friends. Oh my, I just realized that my boys might ALREADY know your children-- wow, how's that for a thought?!!!

  13. Here!! Here!!

    I hope your 'hose' is soon flowing with champagne for The Call.

  14. Champagne awaits in the very near future!