This morning, I dressed Berhanesh in one of her beautiful Ethiopian dresses and headed out to celebrate New Years! Berhanesh was beyond excited when she saw her dress. She kept saying, "have, have..." She spun around while saying, "pretty, pretty." BE STILL MY HEART!!! September 11 marks the start of a New Year in Ethiopia. While we are in the year 2009, Ethiopia is beginning the year 2002.
We went to the store and picked up some flowers and delivered them to some family while wishing them a "Happy New Year." Berhanesh received some coins in return. We had so much fun!
Tonight, we will have our family over for dinner to help continue the celebration. I am excited to be able to celebrate this joyous occasion with our princess. In the joy of today, I am reminded of how lucky we are to have this child with us. Sometimes it is hard to believe she is really here. In continuing the beginning of a new tradition in our home, we will light a candle in honor of Berhanesh's birth family. We know some have gone on before us...some remain in Ethiopia. It is our desire to honor her family, wherever they may be.
"Dear Father, thank you for such a special day! We are thrilled to share with Berhanesh some of the culture from her birth land. I look at Berhanesh and I see a glimpse of who you are. We are honored to play a small part in B's journey. Thank you for choosing us! I ask Lord that you be with B's family in Ethiopia today. Provide, protect, heal and minister to her family in only the way you can. I pray they are given the opportunity to know about your son, Jesus. You are awesome! I love you. Amen."