Friday, October 17, 2008

Gadese Updates

Every few days something else comes in the mail for Gadese. She continues to be blown away by everyone's blessings. Today I took her to Target to use some of her gift cards. She was able to buy a camera, memory card, a box of newborn diapers, a newborn hat, more socks for baby, a baby tub, a bouncer seat, maxi pads, Prilosec, and 4 snicker bars! Thank you! She had so much fun picking stuff out. She said it was like,"playing".

My social worker and good friend J. went to Ethiopia last week. She was able to take letters and her maternity photos to Alex. We can't wait until she gets back in the next few days. Alex sent a care package to Gadese for J. to give us. One of the things in the care package is Gadese's Amharic bible. She treasures that above all else and has desperately missed it. I also had a wonderful person from my Yahoo group offer to take and buy the underwear and socks to Ethiopia when she goes on a missions trip.

Gadese has settled on a name for their baby. She will be called Christiana Alebachew Reta. We think it's beautiful. She has also decided to stay until March. That is when her original plane ticket is scheduled for. Of course we are estatic to have her and Christiana here for that long. We applied for an extension on her Visa which is set to expire soon(today). We haven't heard back yet. It has been a little nerve racking to say the least.

I continue to go to bed every night and wonder if tonight will be the night that Christiana comes.
Gadese is starting to get extremely tired easily. She is often in bed by 8:0opm and rises at 9:30am. She has a hard time sleeping so spends a lot of that time just lying in a bed. I check on her frequently during the night and sometimes if she is still awake, I'll crawl in bed with her. We'll put on a movie and then she'll eventually fall asleep.

Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes. Please continue to lift up her family who miss her very much.

9 comments:

Sandee said...

IT is so good to hear an update...can't wait until baby comes. I am going to Addis Ababa in December I hope. How far that from where her family is? I could take Christmas letter or something...(assuming I pass court on Nov 17)

Becky said...

Steffany,

You amaze me! I crawl into bed most nights and basically beg God to help the kids sleep through the night. And here you are getting up and spending time with Gadese in the middle of the night!! I am sure she has rarely felt so loved. I did some shopping today so I will be getting a package in the mail real soon. You are a treasure - there is no doubt!

Salzwedel Family said...

Christiana is a beautiful name! I can't wait to hear the news of this exciting arrival.

crispy said...

Thanks for the update. Can't wait to hear that the baby has safely arrived.

Leah Dooley said...

Her name is beautiful! I can't wait to meet her at Christmas. Tell Gadese we r praying for them.

Leah Dooley said...

Her name is beautiful! I can't wait to meet her at Christmas. Tell Gadese we r praying for them.

Leah Dooley said...

Her name is beautiful! I can't wait to meet her at Christmas. Tell Gadese we r praying for them.

Candace said...

what a blessing for you both to have each other! LOVE the name she picked out!

Laura said...

Ooooo...I LOVE THE NAME!!!!! I am so happy that she is getting her loved Bible--that's awesome. I'm so excited that it is getting so close! :)

Give her a big hug from me! Love her!