Thursday, September 17, 2009

Back To School and Other Things...

It has been busy since the first day of school. Eli started 4th grade and he loves his teacher! She tells us that the kids fight over who will be his science partner! They started him in a lower math and the specialist brought him right back to class saying he will do fine with his classmates. He is loving playing football at recess, painting, computers, bringing a home lunch and riding his bike every day to school!

I had back surgery and have had some recuperation time. Thank goodness my parents flew in from California to pick up the slack! Thanks, mom and dad! At the same time, they got to meet their third grandchild! Eli impressed them with his winning smile and engaging personality...and...wore them out!! He is a bundle of energy and loves to do EVERYTHING!! He is lovin' school and his first days.

Soccer started and he had a successful first game with 5 goals and one assist. We won 9-1!! He has a team full of athletic little guys that he is becoming buddies with. Everyone has been so accepting and one of the coaches took him to a college game, which he loved! We so enjoyed watching him on the field with his tricks, while stylin' with his colorful Ethiopian headband! This first day, he and a teammate were the team captains!

I think we are doing so great! He finally eats and loves pizza. It was one of those obstacles he was determined to overcome. He loved the word "pizza" and saw that every other child in America loves this food, especially his big brother! He kept trying to eat pizza till he could say, "I love pizza!"

He would like to learn a musical instrument. My good friend gave him a harmonica and he loves that! He will do anything!

Many more of Eli's buddies are home from Ethiopia...and just before the court closures. He has been on the phone welcoming some of them to America and we wish them all well in the transition of their new homes and families. I couldn't ask for a better start to the school year. Our oldest is looking at a career as an officer in the AF, following in his father's footsteps. Lauren has begun her senior year and is now applying to colleges. We are thankful for our many blessings and look forward to this new school year!


  1. Sounds like things are going great! Biruktawit will be so happy when she sees these pic's! I just signed her up for soccer this morning so she'll be starting in October. She's been wanting to play for a long time. What grade did you put Eli in?

  2. Just love seeing the joy in his face! YEAH GOD!!!

  3. He is such a handsome little guy! It gives me such peace knowing things are going so well for you guys......he is exactly what our family is hoping for! Blessings to you all....

  4. So glad school is going so well. Sorry to hear about your back surgery, as well. Praying for a quick recovery!! I have Peder Eide's adoption song...I need to email it to you. It echoes your story, "Why Wouldn't I"!

    Finally got that papers we needed and our I800 sent off this week!!

  5. Just found your blog a couple of days ago and am really enjoying it! I'm so glad you decided to share this amazing and wonderful and beautiful young man with the rest of the world. So glad you are sharing your story.

  6. so happy for you guys, we are still adjusting to everything!!!!!

  7. He looks like he is lovin' life! So glad things are going,soccer, everything. They amaze me with their zest for life.