Tuesday, May 27, 2008

We made it! and we have him!!






Hi! I am so sorry it has taken this long to post! But when they said the internet is bad...they weren't kidding. We arrived here on Sunday morning and were able to get Malak right away! That was a nice suprise because we thought we might have to wait until Monday. He is pretty much the best baby ever and we are completely smitten by him! I have so many funny stories to tell but as I said the internet is really limited so I will have to wait until we get home to go into detail. Just know that we are loving every second with this kid, he has us laughing ALL the time and seems to like us too. :) It is so unreal that this is our life now...life with a child...sleepless nights...we woke up to Malak ready for a bottle the other night and Eric said, (about our son, mind you), "Is she awake? Is she hungry?" I was like, "ummm, you mean "he", our son is a boy" all he had to say was, "well! If he would let me sleep, I might remember a little more!" :)
We are staying at the Ayat house and it is lovely! As we were walking to a great little restaurant for breakfast we passed the street where the Gladney foster centers are and a few of the nanny's saw us and recognized Mal and called us over. They swooped him up and played with him and were all SOO excited to see him again. The kid is like a rockstar there! You could tell how loved all the children are and he was pretty happy to see them as well. He instantly layed his head on their shoulders, it was precious and they seemed to eat it up. They gave us the full impromtu tour and so we got to see and meet so many of your babies- every single one was amazing and precious, we are going back to see them some more and we will be taking pics. Side note: Our camera charger has somehow been left the Oklahoma and the battery just ran out but we are scouring this ginourmous city looking for a charger. We will prevail!
Ok. I will attempt to post again soon!

66 comments:

Ben, Kelly and Sophie said...

What beautiful, blessed, wonderful news! We are rejoicing with you guys; I'm sure it is incredible to finally hold him in your arms. Praise the Lord!

Jesi and Joe said...

Yeah! What great photos! So glad you made it and are enjoying your wonderful little guy! I hope you have luck finding a new charger soon so you can keep snapping photos like crazy!

Thanks for the update, so glad you got such a great surprise on Sunday and that you were able to share the good news with us all!

Lauren said...

OOOH! Congratulations! What lovely photos. I'm so happy you finally have your little boy. God Bless and praying for you :-)

graceling said...

Your wonderful family pictures are the first thing that has worked to brighten my day:)

Kerri said...

Congrats!!! How exciting!
Kerri and Ruby

Jocelyn said...

YAY, YAY, YAY!!! I am SO EXCITED and yelled when I saw you posted with pics of Mal in your arms!! Finally...He has grown so much since I saw him and is as cute as ever...have a safe trip and let me know when you are taking him to the Queen so we can come celebrate with you!!!!

SEG said...

yay! he is sooo handsome!!

Rizzle said...

I can't believe this is all happening! We're counting down 'till we get to see you all.

~Laura~ said...

oh my gosh!! I'm totally crying. the pics of you guys together are amazing!!!!!!!!

wow!!!!

Jennifer said...

Oh, oh, oh, oh! He is so beautiful! You guys are all so beautiful together! Yay for you all!

Amy-O said...

You are so amazing to be keeping us all updated so quickly! He is SO beautiful and all three of you are ear-to-ear smiles...Like you have all been together for a lifetime! Good luck with the charger! Can't wait to meet Malak in person!

Joseph Leveque said...

Yea!!! Together at last!! What great photos! And I still love him in pink!

Maureen said...

(OK that last one was from Maureen - Joe was just logged into the account Sorry!)

Holly said...

Oh Tara, he is so beautiful -- and I'm so happy for you guys. Can't wait to hear more about your trip!

Christie said...

Yeah!!!!!!!

Ah, I'm so excited to see the Silvestris together at last! He is precious, and you guys make one good looking family!

Love you!

coffeemom said...

Oh how great are these photos!!!! He is gorgeous and you all are perfect together! Enjoy every minute. This is rare air, rare time. How wonderful for you all. Tell Wagayu I say a big hellO! Enjoy enjoy he is beautiful and you two make good looking parents!

Lori said...

It warms my heart beyond words to see you all together as a family! United as one! Enjoy the rest of your trip, and post if you can!

Sam said...

Thank heavens! What a beautiful baby and a cute little family.....Great photos and I am SO glad that you are FINALLY there!

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

Wow! I have no words!!!!! I am just so thrilled for you. Oh, the day has finally come to see sweet Malak with his family. What an immense blessing! Congratulations!
Blessings,
Kristy

Craig & Cindy said...

This post was like a long drink of icy cool water on a blazing hot summer's day!!!!! I was waiting to read and see about when you guys got Malak!!! SO HAPPY for you guys! You guys are like three peas in a pod: a beautiful family. Can't wait to meet him at the Queen, hopefully soon!

Cindy

Jennifer said...

I forgot to ask before...is he squishy???

Rebecca said...

Is it so surreal that you're finally holding him?!? I'm so excited for you guys! I laughed really hard about Eric saying 'she'...pretty hilarious!

The Breedlove family said...

What a beautiful sight...Mommy, Daddy, and Malak :)

SOOO happy for you~
Amy

Amanda said...

so excited for you!! he pretty much has the best smile ever!

The Roberts Family said...

Aawwww .... LOVE seeing you guys TOGETHER at last! :) ~Shelly

Rosana said...

I love this boy, and Mom and Dad too. HURRY HOME!!!!!!!

Brandi said...

Yeah!!! He is SOO adorable. I LOVE the clothes he's wearing! He looks so happy. .and so do you guys! Post more when you can!

Brandi

Caleb and Becca's Ethiopia Adoption said...

he's amazing!!! so proud of you guys!!!!!

meredith said...

beautiful!!! what a wonderful post:)
p.s. good luck finding a charger--we're all wanting more pix!

HeidiD in CT said...

That is SO funny and he is about the cutest thing I've ever seen!

The Albertsons said...

this is just awesome. and the world is as it should be, if only for this moment :). Hooray! you are united!
love!!!
becca

Anonymous said...

Praise God!!!!! I'm so excited to see the pictures! I've been checking like a crazy person hoping to see his sweet face. I know you guys are just soaking it all in. I can't wait to meet him!!!!
I heard Shiloh was in church on Sun. What a happy time for your family with all the new babies finally making their way home! God is good.
April and Emmitt

Carpenters said...

Congratulations! It's so wonderful to see you both with your precious son!

Lori said...

How awesome to see you finally holding your son! You have a beautiful family!
Lori

Susan and Chad said...

What a blessing! We've looked at your great photos a few times now! Awesome! Beautiful! Wonderful!

Heather said...

What a perfect little family the three of you make! Congratulations!

Lisa said...

This is so amazing. I can't even believe it. You are a beautiful family. I am so crying right now. Have fun, enjoy your trip, and I can't wait to meet little Malak! Congratulations!

Mrs. Baker said...

Awwwww

Congrats - Gotcha pics still give me big time chills!!!!!!!!

Phelps Family said...

Yea! Praise the Lord. Love the pics.

Stacie said...

Oh Yay! It's real - you have him in your arms!!! I'm so happy to see you all together! Beautiful boy!! (Yes, BOY Eric! :)

TedTracie said...

MY OH MY
BEAUTIFUL
So fun to see this post!!!!

I am beyond excited for your PRECIOUS family

Gina said...

Tara, he is seriously so handsome!! And, he is a stylish little guy! Can't wait to meet him and see you as parents! Eric's half asleep comment is priceless! Oh sleepless nights...totally worth it!

emily said...

Amazing!!

Eric and Cheryl said...

You have such a beautiful family! We are thrilled for you and can't wait for you to make a visit to the NW. Your boy is the cutest ever, that smile is priceless! Praise God for his faithfulness!

Amber said...

Thanks for taking the time to post. So many people are following your journey. What a blessing to have that cutie in your arms. I pray you have safe travels back!I can't wait to hear more.

AB
http://boydfamilyadoption.blogspot.com

Erica said...

Yeah yeah yeah!!! You look so incredibly happy mama Tara! He's amazing! Congratulations to you and Eric!

OOOOO we have the same "man bag" too! ;) Praying you find a charger and have a SUPER time in Addis!

LISA said...

I LOVE THE PICS!!!
Happy DaY!!!

Holli said...

beautiful! praying for a safe trip home and can't wait to hear about EVERY DETAIL!
(I love that he was wearing the pink b.fly shirt)

Jen said...

Fabulous! What else can I say? Cutie. Smilie. Family. and lastly...Throw up! And so it begins.:) What a sweet way to start off parenthood!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and God Bless. You misspelled the word "impromptu."

Love, Drew and Lauren

Anonymous said...

That last comment was Drew, not me your sweet cousin:)
Congratulations, Drew and I have been following your blog for the last week! We are so happy for you! (agian, I appologize for my husband!)
Love Lauren

Jess said...

What a cutie pie! I cannot wait to meet him! Your little family is so beautiful...I am so happy for you! I LOVE the picture of E with him on the bed...presh!

Bekah said...

he is so adorable. i'm so happy for you guys. what a cute little family

Gina said...

This is the second time I've looked at these pictures and got all teary. I'm pretty sure they're going to get to me every time. I love the one where he's in the sling and you're both grinning.

I'm ridiculously happy for you!!!

Allison Crossley said...

Yea! Finally! What a beautiful family! I love Malak's new outfits! He is just too cute! I'm so so happy for you guys to finally be together.
We are looking forward to meeting the long-awaited Malak!

Midge said...

even though I'm so excited for you guys, i have to admit: Jess and I are now fighting because I said FIRST that my favorite pic was the one of M and E laying down.... and just because I work, she got to comment it first.
But I'm really and truly so happy that you finally have him in your arms. So much so that I tell everyone I know about it. Even if they don't know you.
it makes me the cool kid.
(who liked that picture first)

Filipe said...

God is so good! it's so great to see you guys together. it just looks so right. hurry home so we can hold that sweet kid in our arms.

Jen said...

I think about you guys every minute. Your family fills me with warm fuzzies all the time!
Malak, Aunt Jen loves you! Kisses.

Mandy said...

YEAH!!!!! Awesome photos! Awesome awesome awesome! We're SO excited about meeting Malak & so happy for your new family!!!!! WOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!

Platinum Rose said...

AAAAHHHHH!!!!! Congratulations!!! Finally! Such a wonderful blessing!

Xana said...

So happy for you! I have loved following your journey to your son on here and it is so great to see you finally with him as a family. Prayers and blessings as you adjust to being parents. Lots of work but tons of fun! He is so cute!

Suzanne
I have been a lurker (obviously) but had to comment because I am so excited for you!

Angie said...

WOW...such a different thing to see (and take) photos of Malak Kidus and then to see photos of him with you GUYS. Incredible! You all look like a blissfully happy family, I'm thrilled to see these!
:)

Jess said...

Ok....I know for a fact that you have been home for like 18 hours or something...where the crap are more pictures?! I've got a fever...and the only prescription is more pictures!!

No? Not funny?

Just give us some pictures!

~Laura~ said...

so are you home?! Post more pics and tell us all about it. You're holding out on us!!!!

kristin said...

holy cow he is too cute!

Ted and Lori said...

In trying to make the case to someone for how wonderful Gladney is as opposed to other adoption agencies working in Ethiopia, I used this story of the caregivers rushing out to greet Malak as you guys walked down the street. So true, so true, how loved these kids are.