Adoption: our little girls, part 3

(Part 2)

Although we were sad that the adoption of the baby in the US hadn’t worked out for us, it helped tremendously to know that we were headed to Ethiopia soon to get our daughter. In February when I got on that plane with my second daughter as my traveling companion, I was jubilant. Yet I was also concerned. Our little girl, now 20 months, looked sober in so many of her pictures. I feared she would be an unhappy child.

For the first three days in Ethiopia, she looked at her big sister and me sternly. Cooperated, allowed me to hold her, but looked ever-so-serious. Finally on the third day she smiled. Laughed for the first time. Cuddled in. Fussed when I walked away. It was as if she suddenly decided that we were okay people and she would be all right.

Some toddlers take a year or more to settle in, but once she made up her mind about us, she never looked back. She was (and still is) a delightful, easy little girl in every way. Eleven months after she came home, in January of 2005, we started talking about adopting that little sister we’d had in our minds all along. We decided that when the money came, we’d know it was time to begin.  Within a couple weeks the money came. Within days we were neck-deep in adoption paperwork again. We got the referral in March of a beautiful 3 month old baby girl who turned out to be born in the same area of Ethiopia as our first daughter.

In June 2005, I was on a plane to Ethiopia again, this time with my oldest son and my 3 year old daughter, whom I couldn’t bear to leave home. Our new little girl was 6 months old by then, and living at the same orphanage where our first daughter had lived for almost a year. The nuns at the orphanage were jubilant to see their little Tsion (Zion) again. She was 3.  Traveling with a toddler to adopt an infant was a big job, but with the help of my teenage son it was doable.

There was much rejoicing when we arrived home with our two little girls. John and I now had 8 kids (4 girls, 4 boys). We wondered if this would be it for our family– it seemed like a good number and a good place to stop. But we’d been wrong a few times before. So when people asked us if we were done now, we just smiled and said, “Who knows? We’ll see what God says….”

Related posts
Adoption: The first time
Adoption: Our second son
Our little girls, part one
Our little girls, part two
Adoption: How we afforded it

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  1. I have been loving this adoption series. I hope your trip to Korea goes well.

  2. Mary, I’ve really been enjoying the series as well! It’s been interesting and inspiring to see how God has worked in your lives to make this all happen.

  3. I have been loving all of your adoption posts – our children are such a blessing, and I hope one day to have the opportunity to adopt as well.

  4. wondeful! I am so loving reading the story..

  5. Miss Mary,
    I just nominated your blog for a tiny/fun award on my blog… because I think you are such a wonderful example. Thanks for your posts!

  6. Hi Mary

    I really admire your courage, you have had so many children and also decided to adopt and me am just tired with caring for one wee newborn…. I hope to have the courage to have more children or possibly adopt…with so many homeless children I think that is the nicest gift you are giving. God bless!

  7. Mary,
    What a great series – so insightful, inspiring, and educational for your readers, especially those of us considering adoption. What an awesome God we serve – thanks for living it all out as a mother so faithfully. Your blog is a must-read for me for this reason (as I mention in a recent adoption post-

    Can’t wait to read more! Blessings, Susan
    PS. Have a great trip.

  8. The way you’re cradling her head in this picture just makes my heart melt…