Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I'm not a girly man...



Don't judge my son. :) So he wears a little pink sometimes. So what. So he wears a pink shirt with pooffy sleeves and a butterfly on it...so what. :) Let's be honest, he looks pretty dang cute in pink and I have been inspired by his girly shirt to go on down to the Baby Gap and pick him up a new pink shirt. (Minus the pooffy sleeves and butterfly.) A cool one- maybe to wear with his plaid shorts and leather sandals..yes, I am picking out outfits already. :)
So, we have plane tickets reserved!! As of now we will leave on Friday the 23rd (yes, in 9 days) and come home on June 4th. Our anniversary is on May 26th and that is the day we will meet our son for the first time- crazy!
I am feeling a little overwhelmed right now...there is more paperwork to be done. (I know, just when you think it is over and you will never want to do paperwork again) There is the gather and packing of things, packing MANY suitcases worth of humanitarian aid for the orphanages, getting adoption announcements ready, baby proofing the house, making pediatrician appointments, buying all the last minute things for a baby and a trip to Africa, figuring out travel arrangements...the list goes on and on and in the mean time, were both working full time, obviously. Oh glory, this is going to be crazy. But YAAAAAY!
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37 comments:

the albertsons said...

Oh Tara- I can't even express how happy I am for you!!! Email me if you need any packing advice :).
love you!
becca

Kristy -Mom to 4 and soon to be more! said...

Oh how marvelously wonderful! And I just LOVE Malak's sweet little milky mouth! The 26th is our anniversary as well! What a GREAT Anniversary gift!\
Blessings,
Kristy

Kaydub said...

Packing, schmacking! Just get on the plane! I do think the blur over the next nine days will serve to keep your minds busy and, at least, a LITTLE distracted!
Prayers are still being offered, and I'm SO proud that you're a MOM. (You've been one for YEARS, but now you have the son to prove it!)
I've written a letter to my newest grandboy that I'll snail-mail to him. I'm just so exceted for you, Woodsky, and so proud.

Dad ... or Grandpa ... or Papa ... or Pops ... or ... who am I?

Cousin Jones said...

I love the pink shirt!

Jesi and Joe said...

He does look great in pink! You may want to try purple too... our little Ezra looks AMAZING in purple!

I'm so thrilled for you guys... 9 days will be over before you know it and Malak will be in your arms in no time! What an INCREDIBLE anniversary gift!

YOU'RE GOING TO ETHIOPIA TO GET YOUR BEAUTIFUL SON!!!!! HOORAY!

lskiles said...

You two are so blessed. I and Susan are so happy for you. We miss seeing you on our infrequent, all too short visits...LOL

God speed,
Lewis and family

Lauren said...

How exciting :-) I'm so happy for you guys. It was so cute, when my SIL adopted Zachary, my nephew, he was pictured in a pink onsie with a pink blanket. Our friend in GA, Laura, had a similiar outfit on her son, Max, when they had their referral picture. :-) God Bless!

kristin said...

I am so excited for you...your day finally came! Hooray.

Rebecca said...

I think Malak looks precious in pink!

We missed you guys last night. We're excited that next time we see you, you will probably be with Malak! If you need any help getting ready, just let me know! Seriously...I have a little bit of time on my hands :)

Sam said...

Congrats congrats! I am so excited for you~! (and i was trying to copy your dolls today!)
cant wait to read more!

jen said...

I'm so so so happy for you! Congratulations!!! He's lovely, just lovely but not in a girly way.

Heather W. said...

That is so funny because Greyson always had on pink and winter clothes in the summer heat- God love em at the orphanage- They do the best they can but it is so funny.
Okay so now let me say I am beyond happy for you- Let the fun and real adventure begin. I am a prayin for you here in Kentucky!
xxoo- The Wehrheims
P.S. i can hardly believe my cutey patooty Greyson has been home a year as of Mothers Day- Freaks me out!!!

Ben, Kelly and Sophie said...

Wonderful news!!! Congratulations - God is so good!

Natalie Fournet said...

Oh my he is beautiful...and adorable in pink! I am so happy for you!!

Chris & Jess said...

How cute is that dimple???
SO CUTE!
What a perfect anniversary gift!

Jocelyn said...

LOVE the pink shirt!! I am so happy for you guys...I can't wait to see Malak in your arms...FINALLY!!!

Angie said...

No one can sport it like Malak Kidus can. I am still impressed by the way he pulled it off - pink, butterflies and a mouth full of formula and still GORGEOUS! :)

Jim and Debbie said...

What a precious little man! Congratulations! Enjoy your time in Ethiopia.
Blessings,
Debbie

Kerri said...

Congrats!!!
Kerri and Ruby

dodyb said...

God is good! Malak is just way too cute! I know the waiting has been hard but I guess you had to wait until your anniversary. Watching your montage of pictures made me cry :)
dodyb

Drew Carey Show said...

So so exciting that you're so close to having your son in your arms! I'm laughing at the pink butterfly shirt. We have hilarious pictures of Zoe wearing blue football apparel. As soon as we got there, I layered her in pink, but people still asked if she was a girl or boy -- so apparently, pink is not the universal indication of "girl." Oh, May 26 is Drew's b-day, so while we're celebrating him, we'll easily remember to think about you meeting your Malak for the first time. There's no better moment in life!

Juli said...

God Bless your days - your story brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I LOVE reading about all of the families that God is bringing together an ocean apart. For those of us that aren't called or able to adopt our prayers are with you and thankful that God has pressed this precious call into YOUR hearts.

Brad and Fran Hoagland said...

This is all so exciting! And I do believe I've seen more pink on men lately than ever. My 2 nephews asked for pink shirts their last birthday! Anyway, I just gotta say that I just love those dimples!

Mandy said...

You are right - he's so handsome I didn't even notice the poofy sleeves or butterfly until you mentioned it ;)

Need I even tell you that I cry every time I think of you two getting to meet your precious son? I do. I can not believe the time has come. And...on your anniversary...God does know what's going on after all...LOL. I love the way God surprises us sometimes. This is really an event worth celebrating.

Congratulations!!!!!! (Again, I'm sobbing).

Stacie said...

9 days!!!! I AM SO HAPPY! I cannot wait to see him in your arms!! EEEK!

Oh - and all the super-cool boys in Ethiopia wear pink. :)

Anonymous said...

I seem to recall a frustrated post by a girl that goes by "amyde" about her little boy wearing pink and getting some girly comments about it, but lets face it, the pink accents that smooth silky brown skin like nothing else! I say go for it!! In fact I might be bee-bopping in to a Baby Gap near by to pick up a pinky for my Atticus!
SHERRY SAGE

Erica said...

Real men wear pink ya know! The boy looks AMAZING in pink. Your going to meet your SON in less then two weeks!!! Seriously Tara, who cares about packing. Grab the humanitarian aid and RUN to the plane! Praying for you both!

coffeemom said...

Hey .... I was there when this ADORABLE photo was taken!! We were SO excited to see that HUGE milky grin! Wow ... you're almost there, my friend!!! So thrilled for you! Much love, ~Shelly

The Roberts Family said...

OOPS!!! ... I was still signed in as "coffeemom" from when I updated her blog. Sorry 'bout that ... it was me Shelly that was there when that fabulous photo was taking by Miss Angie! :) ~Shelly

Carpenters said...

He looks so cute in his pink shirt! I'm so happy that your day is finally here. What a great anniversary gift!

~Penelope

Lori said...

Oh I love reading this post!

John and Lori said...

Congratulations!! I'm so glad you're finally in the crazy packing stage. Your little boy is a doll! He definitely needs a cool pink shirt!
Lori

Bekah said...

he is so beautiful. i'm so excited for you guys. congratulations i can't wait to meet him!!!!

Thom & Lesley said...

Congratulations!!! I found your blog through some one else's links - but I wanted to let you know how happy I am for you. Our referral picture has our little boy in pink sweat pants and a blue sweatshirt with butterflies all over it (hopefully we can post his pic soon)!!!! He is beautiful. We'll be praying for your trip and for travelling safety.

Let us know everything when you get back so we can be prepared for our trip later this summer.

Lesley

~Laura~ said...

real men wear pink! He's precious! YAY!!

LISA said...

So happy for you!! You are traveling SOON girl!!

Christin and Robbie said...

He is the most adorable baby!!!! I am so happy you ar egoing to get him an dbring hin home!!! I can't wait to see many more pictures!!!