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...

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Dogs and Spiders

Ari's vocabulary is growing. She surprises us sometimes with the words (or word pieces) that pop out of her mouth. A few days ago a woman in the grocery store said "bye bye" to her and 15 seconds later Ariam leaned out of her stroller and whispered "bye bye." We were shocked.

After "Mama" and "Dada" (which she thinks are question and answer ie. "Mama?" is asked and Ari answers "DADA!" with a grin) came "Daw" for Dog and then, oddly "spy 'pida" for "spider."
I never thought my daughter's fourth word would be spider....


1. In the Dog video we were on our first hike. Ari was not drugged I swear! Just very very tired.

2. In the Spider video please disregard pajamas at 11am, linty hair, and juice being drunk while lying like a princess on the couch. Of course that isn't normally how we spend our days!!



  1. Pretty darn cute in my book!! Can't believe how much she has grown/matured in the past 4 months!

  2. Ady LOVED the video! She sat completely still enthralled!

  3. Wow, I'm so impressed with her talking. I love that spider has made it high up enough on her list of important things to actually be a WORD.


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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.