11.21.2011

Our family of three :)

We're together!!  We are having such a great time learning our daughter, discovering our new roles as a mom and dad (both as parents and as husband and wife), and just soaking up all our time together with our friends here in Addis.  We have been incredibly blessed to have traveled with some fantastic adoptive families who have become very special to us.  We have also LOVED our time as a family of 3 with our Ethiopian brothers and sisters.  Oh my goodness part of me just doesn't want that to end!   If it weren't for the reality of Heaven, I might just get on the plane kicking and screaming ;)  But honestly, there is an amazing family we are coming home to and we cannot wait to introduce our daughter to you all!

If we could describe this time here in Addis, I think bliss might fit it well.  We have had such a sweet reunion with our daughter and her personality melts us both!!!  We've also been broken in with the pee, poop and puke, so we're not totally oblivious to the reality of having an 11 month old.  For this child we prayed, and as we begin to unwrap this little gift, we are seeing how God was very clearly preparing our hearts for this newness in life.  From my transition from a wonderful career as an RN to my new role as a stay at home mom, to the numerous books and classes we took, to the advice and words of wisdom that came at just the right moments, we are loving every moment with her. Waking up in the morning and looking over at the pack n play FULL is the best feeling <3  Pinch me!

I know by this point every single last one of you reading this is here to see pictures (yep, been on your blogs for that same reason too!!), so here's what daily life with Natalie Degeme is lookin' like at "home" and with her nannies .... 

















10 comments:

Evan said...

Many tears streaming down my face! I am so happy for you three! CONGRATULATIONS!

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Eric and Allyson said...

AHHHH! Loving every word and picture! So special! What a beautiful little Foster:) I can NOT wait to see you all in person. Love you guys! God is good!!!

Sarah said...

Kati and Justin, the Lord has indeed blessed your perseverance and patience. She is SO beautiful and you two look radiant with her. We are praying for your family of 3.

Rebekah said...

The pictures, the beautiful way you describe your trip, your daughter and parenthood...OH, JUST LOVE IT!!! We are just Praising our Great God with you!
(Love seeing the Hagos ladies and Hermela in your pictures. They have a special place in our hearts too.)

GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

She is just too beautiful for words!!!! Love this post! Praying for you!!

Annie said...

Love these photos and love this post. Simply beautiful... Natalie Degeme as well as seeing you 3 as a family :) Pure joy! Can't wait to meet your precious daughter. lots of love to you-

Marianne said...

Beautiful. So beautiful to see your family grow in such a wonderful way. Blessings!

Annie said...

we need more photos...just sayin'

Kate said...

Konjit :-)