Monday, September 29, 2008

Help and Blessings

I'm not sure how to begin this post. I guess I can say,"I have an opportunity for you to bless someone." or I could just simply ask for help on behalf an amazing woman and her family. A woman who has so deeply touched me and my family that I will forever be changed. I'm asking you to help me bless Gadese(the woman who came home with me from Ethiopia) and her family. Soon her baby will be born, soon she will travel back to Ethiopia, soon her family will be reunited and all too soon her family along with their precious new baby will face the realities of living in a third world country. I have been to her house, I have seen and eaten with her family. Nine of them, living in a tiny house and struggling to survive. Gadese and Alebachew not only care for all of Gadese's sisters but they also "adopted" two children(distant relatives) who's parents died of aids.
I have chosen not to throw a shower for Gadese for several reasons. Instead I took her to Target to pick out some things. It was one of the most humbling experiences I've ever had. After I explained the concept of registering someplace, she couldn't believe anyone would want to buy her baby or family anything. Then she started to cry. As the tears fell down, the only thing I could do was thank God for giving me this wonderful gift. Walking through Target she was filled with a combination of disbelief that people would actually buy her anything, tears of joy and imagining her family with these things, laughter from the shear ridiculousness of stuff that is in America for babies and fear of dreaming. Dreaming that I was only joking. That no one would want to help. When I told her to pick out things not only for the baby but for the other children in her house, she simply stood there and cried. Then she walked to the underwear and sock isle. Not the toys, not the gadgets and movies, but the basic of basics-underwear and socks. I finally convinced her to choose some shoes to. My hope and prayer is to show this family, this woman how much she is loved. Will you please help me do this. Even if you can't get her anything would you please send her a card to let her know how beautiful she is. I can't express enough how deeply touched our two families (Mine and Gadese's) are by your thoughts and prayers.

She is registered at Target
Her name is Gadese Edeto.

Please email me if you have any questions.



emily said...

I just left 36 yesterday! Happy Birthday on Saturday. :)

Sandee said...


I sent an email...around shipping, where to ship or if Target will let you guys pick it up at your target, if we go purchase it??>

Excited about showering Gadese and family.

Kelly said...

What about something for Gadese herself? I only saw stuff for others. Is there something she would like to have? What an amazing thing to do for her!!

Leah Dooley said...

Thank you for letting us be a part of this!

Becky said...

Can't wait to go to Target! Yeah!!

Anonymous said...

This post is so touching.

Laura said...

I love it! She is the most amazing woman!

Laura said...

how about you do a preg shot of Gadese and her baby we can all see how beautiful she is...and how close she is!?!?!?

Erica said...

Mines a coming. :) Still working on a little something. :)