Friday, August 21, 2009

This is...

This is my daughter Meaza...

She is about to wake up from her nap, so I don't have much time. She is beautiful, joyful, and affectionate. She is funny. She is grieving. She is feisty. She loves pink, and accessories. She loves chicken, and mangoes. She can make her brother smile instantly. When she is near him, and I am holding him, I can feel his heart rate slow down.

She is mine and I am hers.

This is my son Melese...


He is, as suspected, a chunk of love. A love so chunky, that it cannot be contained in a baby legs leg warmer. He is sweet, and smiley. He is a velcro baby and cannot be put down. He much prefers donated breast milk over sugary orphanage formula. He loves his sister more than anyone. His eyes are huge, and he already knows how to kiss on the lips.

He is mine and I am his.

There is joy.

57 comments:

  1. WOW- I really have no words. You have a wonderful family!


    Carolyn

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  2. My heart just skipped a beat. To see your children home. Your children with you. YOUR CHILDREN...is so wonderfully amazing. I am overjoyed for you and Steven. You are mama. Forever mama.
    BLISS.

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  3. and this is the post I have been waiting over a year for.

    a family at last.

    Your family.

    Your children.

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  4. I LOVE those pictures. They do show so much love and joy. Thank you for posting them. I am so happy.

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  5. After a crappy day, this put a smile on my face. Love.

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  6. I have no words, just...yes, THIS is it.

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  7. Oh my! You made me cry!

    Beautiful post!

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  8. te he...chunky legs that won't fit in their holders...makes me smile :)

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  9. Beautiful. Simply just beautiful. Congratulations on bringing your children home.
    ~Anne

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  10. ...tears welling up.......
    (boy, i'd love to squeeze those chunky thighs!)

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  11. This. Post. Makes. Me. So. Happy.

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  12. The life of your life is rich, it is love love love embodied... M & m are two magnificent gems. Congrats again, hope your family is getting adjusted and rested beautifully.

    Cindy

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  13. Sigh... What lovely children you have.

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  14. All I can say is 'wow'. A tear, a smile, a huge sigh all escape from my heart for you.

    Brenda

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  15. Those thighs are too much!! I love this post Julie!

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  16. They are yours and you are theirs;

    and I have much joy.

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  17. I second Carolyn. No words. Simply beautiful :)

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  18. and you are a mom... and you're doing a wonderful job.

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  19. Tears of joy escaping - how is it that I don't even know you in person? I feel so much for you. So. very. happy. relieved. hopeful for myself too...
    Thank you for finally posting and resolving my obsession to check your blog.

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  20. I had to catch my breath when I read "this is my daughter Meaza". And now I have big fat tears running down my face- happy, cathartic, at long last tears. Such a release of love, your daughter and your son ... your family.

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  21. beautiful...wonderful...every happy phrase...I hope you feel it. We love you J!!!!!

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  22. tears of joy for you my friend...long overdue and yet at just the right time...what a mother you are, will be, what beautiful days lie ahead for you all...let me know if you need anything at all...

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  23. the joy...the love.....they were there for you waiting....




    donated breast milk? how freakin cool are you?!

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  24. thanks for the introduction to your lovelies! what joy!

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  25. So happy to you and your kids so together. They are gorgeous. Looking forward to much more. Congratulations! Welcome Home!
    Martha

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  26. This is me. Bawling.

    Such beautiful children; such a beautiful mama.

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  27. I love it when we get to know bliss on earth. Real Joy is so hard to find...don't forget when problems or silly fights come.

    My heart is full of joy for you today! Again congrats on finding such happiness.

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  28. You guys are so sweet. I hope you all get to meet them.

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  29. Beautiful post. Maybe my favorite ever and that is saying something. sending M&M massive chunks of love

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  30. Wow--total loss for words. Just beautiful in so many ways.

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  31. you had me at the first line. do you remember first getting married and the words "this is my husband" sounding so foreign to one's lips? i suspect no such hesitation exists for the babies. you were their mother a long time ago. wonderful!

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  32. BTW, so cool to have donated breast milk. I am nursing my bio baby past his babyhood in attempts to keep lactating so I can nurse our future Ethio baby. I hope it works...

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  33. This is beautiful. This is amazing!

    Christine

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  34. It's such a wonderful relief to see my sister so happy!

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  35. This is Evelyn... One happy blog friend! I absolutely love the picture of you and Meaza ... you look so cozy and like you are bonding right before our eyes. So happy you 4 that belong together are together at last.

    Joy, indeed!

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  36. oh, Julie. They are amazing. I am so happy for you and them. You make a beautiful family.

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  37. There is great joy! They look wonderful and we are so glad you are all settling in well. Give them big hugs from their buddy Antone!

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  38. Checking in with Mintesinot on my lap "Meaza!" "Melese!" he is hollering (kid has no concept of an inside voice yet!). He laughed hysterically jhgh ghrtty h hjhjmnmjm, that was him typing... he laughed hysterically at the FB video of her playing in the water. Can't wait to get them together! Glad to see things are looking so good! Hugs and kisses to you all!

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  39. OH. I love this. I love this for you. This may be your best post ever. Love M

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  40. There are no words I can think of for such a post. Just have a big old lump in my throat and am so ridiculously happy for all of you.

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  41. this is incredible. tears flowing...

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  42. My oh my! Beautiful and emotional. They are yours to love and heal and nurture. They are joy.

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  43. {{Huggs!}} I have no words :-) (tears flowing)

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  44. one of my favorite hymns came to me as I was reading your post...

    When There's Love At Home

    There is beauty all around, when there's love at home.
    There is joy in ev'ry sound, when there's love at home.
    Peace and plenty here abide, smiling sweet on ev'ry side.
    Time doth softly, sweetly glide, when there's love at home.

    Chorus: Love at home, Love at home.
    Time doth softly, sweetly glide, when there's love at home.

    In the cottage there is joy, when there's love at home.
    Hate and envy ne'er annoy, when there's love at home.
    Roses bloom beneath our feet, all the earth's a garden sweet,
    Making life a bliss complete, when there's love at home.

    Chorus: Love at home, Love at home.
    Making life a bliss complete, when there's love at home.

    Kindly heaven smiles above, when there's love at home.
    All the world is filled with love, when there's love at home.
    Sweeter sings the brooklet by, brighter beams the azure sky.
    Oh, there's one who smiles on high, when there's love at home.

    Chorus: Love at home, Love at home.
    Oh, there's One who smiles on high, when there's love at home.

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  45. they are beautiful......
    you are beautiful....

    the circle is complete

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  46. Tears, tears, and more tears. SO happy for your family and for you sharing your journey. Really incredible.

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  47. Believe it or not, it just gets better and better.

    More breastmilk to come.

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  48. Congratulations! You are so blessed! They are precious and you are a family...it doesn't get much better than that!

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