Monday, January 17, 2011

Our Family's One Year Birthday!!

(Winnie then and now)
I have wondered all year long what this would feel like. It could feel like just another day, or it could feel really big and emotional. Today is the day that we three Shaw's marched out of the transition home together. It's the day we really became a family. When Winnie asks for stories about this day, she usually likes to hear the one about her first nap. So, here it is...

"Mommy and daddy brought you to the hotel. We scrubbed and bubbled you from head to toe. We smoothed on the lotion and conditioner. you almost slipped out of my arms when I was trying to get you out of the little blue tub. We got you all dressed up in a new outfit, the Puma one with the little pink and brown polkadots. Remember? our eyes couldn't stop looking at you. Little kisses on your nose and your hands, we repeatedly exclaiming 'konjo, Woineshet, gobez Woineyay.' (beautiful, smart). You laughed a lot and squealed with delight as you went through our bags. You asked for 'Biscuits' continuously. Finally, we layed you in bed between us. We couldn't take our eyes off of you. You were actually OURS, we had waited to so long for you. Finally, exhausted, you fell asleep with your dolly Tigist. We laid there and held you for a long time. We might have napped ourselves, but the great gush of wetness woke us all up!! Woops, forgot the diaper!!!"

We all laugh at this point in the story. Winnie thinks it is hilarious and usually likes to tell this part herself.

Winnie and I did a presentation about Ethiopia in her class today. We both dressed up in our traditional Ethiopian attire and shared pictures and stories. It was a great way to celebrate the day. The 15 kids in her class listened very attentively as Winnie and I shared traditions, pictures, music, and a fun Selame dance. She had a huge smile on her face, she really enjoys being in the front of the class.

After school we went to get some Ethiopian food to celebrate as a family. Then our social worker came this afternoon and did our one year post placement visit. Next soccer practice :) I really didn't have much chance to get emotional.

I am thankful for this past year, for what God has taught us about Himself through adoption, for the chance to be a mom, and for a daughter that amazes me daily.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tune in for more Shaw adventures

I know I've mentioned this before, but we don't watch much TV at home. Last night, I sort of felt like just veggin' out, and turning it on. It's so easy to get in the habit on cold winter nights. Instead, we started an all out battle of Hungry Hippo. The little white balls were flying, and the hippos were munchin' so fast they got stuck!! After that, Winnie really wanted to play dolls. Tim and I sort of roll our eyes at this, because the doll family isn't too exciting... eat, sleep, and brush hair. Well, tonight was different. Daddy played Tigist, the mean, raspy voiced zoo guard infant baby doll. Winnie and I were laughing uncontrollably, and Tigist the zoo guard kept trying to kick us out of the zoo for disturbing the hippos!!!

We finally went up stairs to start the night time ritual. I love Winnie's prayers. Sometimes, they consist of "thank you for the light, thank you for the ceiling fan, thank you for the door knob." Tonight, it was sincere, "Dear God, Thank you for my food. thank you that my mom and dad came to get me."

We left this time last year to travel to Africa. I've been looking through some of the pictures of our trip (finally getting around to making that shutterfly album for her) and am once again reminded of the miracle of adoption. I looked back on the photos of some of the children in her first orphanage, and I can not help but thank God that she was among the bus load of kids that made it to Addis Ababa from Sidama. I wonder what happened to Fikadu, the little boy who sat on Tim's lap and didn't want to let go of us when we left? It stirs in me the awareness that there is a world full of children without families. It's so easy to be lulled into a "daily tasks" mindset, where the bigger picture is often forgotten. That prayer tonight reminded me again that they are not all home with families. That time when she waited for a family is still in her memory.

Tim and I would like to invite you on our journey once again. We have submitted our application to begin the adoption process for a second time. We do not know what the future will bring, but we are SO excited to be starting this journey. Every day Winnie asks me if we can go to Ethiopia to bring home a brother or sister. Actually, she usually says "brother and sister." We are all three ready for this! Please pray that God will direct our path as He did the first time!

Oh, and if you are in the neighborhood, stop by and be frightened by Tigist the scary zoo keeper baby!!

Tim, Abigail and Winnie

p.s. Winnie asked, "Mom, if my brother or sister is bad, do I just put them in a time-out, or do I have to tell you first?"

Monday, January 10, 2011

Soccer skills

So, a few people will be elated to know that Winnie is starting soccer lessons tomorrow(hhmm, Lisa Lane and Brian Peterson.) We will be going to the rec center down the street for "introduction to soccer skills." She is also taking a tap/ballet class at her request. I always said, "ugg, I won't be one of those moms carting kids around every night!!" This is just another example of how I should not make those claims before I know what it's like to have an extremely active child!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Tuesdays and baby deer

I wish I had been in the car for this conversation, but heard it from Tim...
There was a baby deer in Tim's dad's field. As they drove in, Tim said" look Winnie see that deer!!" She said, "my two favorite things are baby deer and Tuesdays." When asked why, she responded, "baby deers are cute and mom doesn't work on Tuesdays!"

Random things to be paired together, but it made me really happy. I too love Tuesdays. Infact, I would say they are my favorite day too. It gives me even more incentive to make the days we spend together fun and memorable. Next year, we won't have these weekdays together. I think I will take her ice-skating tomorrow :)