The next morning I called Sharon and asked her. I think she could sense my concerned heart, the one that's growing into mom, and she reassured me that yes, "those nannies are loving on her more than you'll ever know". Her little ears are hearing lullabies and stories and that I could rest assured that there are some remarkable women there at the House of Hope taking care of every child there. Later on that weekend, on Mother's Day, I got these pictures from a wonderful CHI friend who was traveling to Addis to pick up her son and daughter and whom had emailed and said "let me take pictures of your baby girl for you"..... What a perfect Mother's Day gift! (we had to edit Degeme out of them...but not for long! Hopefully we'll be sharing her pictures soon!!)...
Now, check this one out....
Do you see it?!?? This incredible woman has allowed herself to fully love our daughter and we cannot ever thank her enough. She is one of our baby girl's nannies and she is showing Little D what real love is. She is allowing herself to invest in this baby girl's life, fully. She is teaching Little D that a smile means "your're special and you're cherished". She's trusting God that right now her role is to love on this precious baby more than she'll even know. I cannot tell you how incredibly blessed Justin and I feel for the role this woman, and the other nannies, are playing in Little D's life.
It was clear that God had watched me lie awake in bed that night, He had heard my aching heart and what a precious message I needed to be reminded of: He knows and He provides.
Maybe this is even a song that she hears the older children at the House of Hope sing....it's sweet nonetheless!
Can't wait to hear voices like these 3 little sisters myself in a matter of weeks :)
Here's a few pictures from Mother's Day afternoon at our place!
|Justin and his Mom on a beautiful Mother's Day!|
|With his Dad!|
|Love this shirt from my brother and sister-in-law that reads "eh-MY-ay" aka Mama in Amharic|