Sunday, August 23, 2009

Melese, Gobez!

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Getting to know each other in Ethiopia. Gobez means- good job!

And yes, she has pilfered all of my headbands and jewelry. Like I said, the girl likes accessories.

Anyone know what the heck she is saying? The social workers didn't know either, but they did agree that she was cute.

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41 comments:

  1. Oh my, I loved hearing her! What fabulous entertainment for Melese. Can you tell us how you pronounce their names? I think the way I heard it on the video is different than what I have been saying in my head. They are so so so precious, Julie. I keep wondering if you have taken them to the beach, how they are doing with the dogs, what they think of your yard....just my curiosity.

    Christine

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  2. oh that little giggle:) hers and yours, what a beautiful sound!

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  3. She is adorable! What a great big sister! They are both just so precious. I wish I could help you out with what she is saying but I can't. I hope someone can. Too cute! Can't wait to hear/read more about them. :)

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  4. oh, a voice is such a signature - hers is so pure and so rich at the same time.

    the energy that is in your life now must be overwhelming at times. i'm so happy you have your wonderful garden to enjoy.

    ok the emotions are too overwhelming and i cannot write a cohesive paragraph

    so - just - thank you - big time for sharing - they are so sweet and bring such joy to my heart!

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  5. What a happy little voice and giggle! It is so sweet to see her and witness your getting to know each other. Wow, I need to really get on with learning Amharic!

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  6. You are so incredibly lucky to have those beautiful smiles and giggles lighting up your lives. I'm speechless; I can feel it - it's powerful.

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  7. She is so cute!! I think she might need some more personality though:-) Pacey is watching and saying More, More, More, More!! We are off to watch again!!

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  8. No idea what she's saying but she's breathtaking!!!! And what a treasure for her to have these tapes later in her life. We have a cassette of me speaking Italian when I was very young (and we lived in Italy). The thought of it kind of blows me away. And I second everything Christine said!!!

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  9. Beautiful. Simply beautiful. And VERY energetic. ;-)

    Solomon was sitting on my lap as I watched the videos... he couldn't get enough. Quieted him right down!

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  10. Big happy tears this morning. Beautiful! I love that voice!!

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  11. There are not many posts of yours anymore that don't make me cry. I sit and smile and shed a tear. The joy that radiates from your daughter and your laughter that fills the room with hers....it is a beautiful thing. I imagine sometimes the sounds that must fill your home...those little leapard chairs finally having company. A wish for an amazing second week at home with the kids!

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  12. I love these videos - thanks for sharing.

    hazel

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  13. Oh my goodness...that had me smiling ear to ear...she is so hilarious and he is just adorable!!!

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  14. What a joyful spirit! I had to watch the videos over and over again. She is such an intelligent girl and beyond cute. Ummmmm, I'm pretty sure you have another actress in the family. (nice to hear your voice too!!!)

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  15. he h eh ehe he he

    I think she may have "leadership: potential Julie...

    he he h eheh ehe hehe

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  16. Keep the videos coming. We are enjoying them here. Turo requested each of these "again." And watched each time with a big grin on his face. (I had one on my face too).

    Plus, now I realize I need to capture Turo's two remaining Amharic words on video before they are lost to English.

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  17. OMG they are sooo cute Julie!!! LOVE the sound of Meaza giggling!!

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  18. Amazing to see and hear your children "in person." Thank you for sharing. They are beautiful!

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  19. Oh my gosh Julie!!! such a twinkle in her laughter! I love how clearly her sillyness comes through even though I have no idea what she's saying...she sounds just like my Noah who is 3 in October and chatters on in the same way...with oh so many giggles. They are breath taking...seeing them in action is such a gift. thats for sharing :0)

    xo

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  20. Xavi says, "Más Mamá, más más más." Have seen videos over 100 times now.

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  21. they are so, so beautiful! what joy, what silliness- i love it! thanks for sharing-

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  22. I don't want to be a downer
    I love the video and the kids are so cute but did you know about the dangers of having latex balloons near children.

    http://www.parents.com/baby/safety/babyproofing/10-household-baby-safety-hazards/

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  23. Yes, thank you Anon, I am well aware of the dangers of latex balloons. We were very careful.

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  24. I speak some Amharic but very little Toddler- at the beginning it sounds like she is saying "lik now" which would be "you are right" or "that is right." Then, there's a lot of Melese gobez, which you already know :) The stuff at the end is way too far into Toddler for me to interpret.

    You have a beautiful family!

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  25. Hi Julie,

    I read you blog from time to time.Thanks for sharing, Your kids are just soooo cute. I do speak Amharic. On the first tape I think Meaza is saying "Tilik neh" means you are big. And at one point I think Melese is trying to grab something so she is telling you that. She said "Anchi" - you for female "Yazelish..." He grabed it.
    I hope I read her right.

    Mimi

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  26. i rolled my eyes in agony: cannot believe someone felt the need to anonymously give instruction in parenting. perhaps they'd like to tell you about how dogs, cars, open flame, earthquakes, house hold plants, heat stroke, spicy foods and whip lash can all be dangerous. your reply was more than gracious. on a happier note: i loved hearing her laugh and hearing you speak to her. holy crud, i was not aware of your amharic skills. yes, yes, we need more vids and more of you speaking their names, etc etc. they are both stunning!

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  27. her voice and laughter are indeed precious, but i have to comment on your authentic accent. you are teaching each other i'm sure.

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  28. SO SWEET! I love her voice!! Your children are so darn cute!! I don't really even know what to say. I think about your family periodically throughout the days, imagining these moments of pure joy that you are experiencing. That is, in between all of the work you are doing, like laundry, food preparation, etc. You and Steven must be two very exhausted yet very happy people! Hope to see you soon. - Julie O.

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  29. Oh, they are so adorable. She is so full of life! Thanks for sharing these glimpses of your children with us :) Makes the wait somehow more bearable!

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  30. Oh wow. She is beautiful and her voice and language is dreamy...and little man is a bundle of cuteNESS. Wow!

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  31. Watched this with Mintesinot and he laughed at whatever Meaza was saying, then repeated it several times. Whenever we walk by the computer now he says "Meaza!"

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  32. How did life and time ever exist before them? I mean, really?!?

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  33. She has such a precious laugh! What a beautiful joyful smile.

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  34. I showed these precious videos to Yihun (Samson) and he just froze then smiled big. No words but obvious recognition. Thanks for the videos!

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  35. All of the words that I can recognize have already been told to you by others. Sorry. My good friend that I would feel comfortable asking to look at it is gone to Ethiopia for 3 months. I am no help. Sorry. Seeing M&M in action is such a joy. Thanks for sharing despite how horribly ill you are. I hope that flagyl or whatever they give you works IMMEDIATELY.

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  36. wow. thank you so much for sharing. they are simply divine!

    balloon comment from annon. argh. people so smart should not be ashamed to show their name, right?
    i'm certain you are doing a FAB job.
    :)

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  37. Wow, she is unbelievable!!! So cute!!!! She is spunky and entertaining like Zufan, isn't she?? Love that smile and giggle. Yours, too, for that matter! :)

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  38. Neither my son or I speak Amharic, but you should have seen the enormous grin on his face when I showed him this video. Joy needs no translation. Thanks for sharing this!

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