Every tree limb overhead seems to sit and wait, while every step you take becomes a twist of fate.
Up on the watershed, standing at the fork in the road...

If you are new to our adoption blog please take a moment to scroll down to the archives at the bottom of this page and start with July 2009 post "Watershed."


She's growing up between blog posts!

I'm taking a break from blogging our time in Ethiopia to celebrate one month home! (Today is our FIRST post-placement visit from super wonderful social worker Kate.) We began our homestudy visits with Kate exactly one year ago this month. Last summer. It was an eternity ago. It was yesterday....

(Standing on her own now and SO proud of it!)

(Peekaboo is her favorite silly game.)

(First time at the Denver Ethiopian adoptive families picnic. Last year we declined.)

(First fourth of July party.)

(One week home - already a lifetime ago. Quite possibly my favorite photo of all time.)

(She likes her ride.)

(Who doesn't love bathing in a pink plastic pool on a hot day?)

(Early days home. One of her first big smiles - she was swinging.)
We are in no way "there" yet. As I type she's squeaking and screaching from her crib in full fury that I should set a nap time schedule and expect her to relax instead of play with us 100% of the time. But we are getting there.
(Next post! I promise I'll write about her name.)


  1. What a difference a month makes!! (And drugs and loving family time. ) She is so happy and beautiful, congrats.

  2. Love that smile - she looks SO happy in all the pictures. She's beautiful! I am loving reading all your posts about your time in Ethiopia :)

  3. Amanda, she is absolutely beautiful and I just can't get enough of the pictures of you and her together!! You are so sweet as a mama! Someday when life gets caught up (or not) I would so love to just chat with you. I want to hear that mommy-tone in your voice. :)

  4. She looks so cute with a headband! My kids always looked ridiculous and would rip them off, like they knew how weird they looked. lol So beautiful.

  5. My favourite is the pool pic! Nice and simple and graphic :)

    She's really glowing. And so are you :)

  6. Oh, my goodness...standing on her own...WOW! She is growing up so quickly. Thanks for all of the pics.

  7. It was on my to do list to find out what her name is and why you picked it. I can't wait for this post. She is lovely and wonderful.


About Me

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J and I have been married for almost 15 years. We have shared many adventures and a lot of watershed moments. In 2009 I began blogging and in 2010 we adopted our daughter from Ethiopia. In March of 2012 we began the process to adopt a little boy from Haiti. This blog follows the many twists and turns on the road to our two children and beyond.