How many of our readers had NO idea when that happened? Hopefully not too many since Kindu has now been HOME OVER 8 MONTHS!
God is so good (all the time)!
Here's a recap:
12/12/13 Kindu cleared Embassy and we were asked to select 3 dates for possible Visa appointments. We got confirmed for a 12/18/13 Visa appointment and IN A HURRY we booked our flights.
We were in Ethiopia by 12/17/13, grabbed our son and had a nice, short stay.
|Let's get outta here!|
12/21/13 We arrived home to a wonderful party in the airport
|The older Little Rogi's 1st glimpse of their new brother|
|1st family photo|
|Reconnecting with another Ethiopian friend who came home a few months before|
Oh, the JOY!!!
|Thanks for the love!!!|
|We had Khris' sister pick up some Ethiopian carry-out for Kindu's first dinner home and we settled in for the night.|
|Sunday after church: 1st time trimming the tree|
|1st American Christmas|
|Play-Doh...he made me some "soup" ;-)|
|1st horseback ride|
|1st watercolor painting|
|Uno with the siblings is a good way to learn colors and numbers|
|My handsome SuperHeroes|
|6 weeks home|
By the 3-month mark, we counted and found that Kindu had learned and was using 250 English words and phrases! He was really getting accustomed to school time too--->
|Enjoying some starfall.com learning time on the computer|
|Tracing his name and date|
|1st trip to the Creation Museum...one of our favorite field trips|
|1st visit to the Columbus Zoo|
|I snagged a team shot during picture day|
|Soccer is better with friends!|
5 months home we posted another side-by-side--->
In June, Kindu went on his 1st ever family vacation--->
|5 months home (my caption from when I posted this on Instagram): "This is what good food, good sleep, safety, stability and TONS of love looks like #adoptionrocks #gotloveadopt #adoption #lovemylittlerogi #kindu #oneless #orphannomore #john14v18"|
|First stop: Lazy 5 Ranch, where we went on a horse-drawn wagon ride and got to feed a bunch of cool animals|
|Kindu feeding a bison|
|My favorite part of Lazy 5 Ranch is the giraffes!!!|
|Kindu, Reese and I, along with Uncle Jarrod feed the giraffe|
|Finally made it to Myrtle Beach - Khris gives the annual Beach Safety Talk|
|1st ocean experience and a little boogie-board lesson|
|Heading out into the surf...Don't bite the sharks!|
|He caught on quick!|
|All the Little Rogi had a great 1st day at the beach <3|
|I love when we can capture these moments...|
|In front of the Sphinx of Hard Rock Cafe in Myrtle Beach|
|1st carousel ride - Broadway At The Beach in Myrtle|
|1st ever fireworks - Broadway At The Beach in Myrtle|
|A little more swim time in the resort water park|
|1st dinner theater - Pirates Voyage|
On the way home from the beach, we stopped in "Mayberry"--->
|KK L-O-V-E-S the Andy Griffith Show|
|On the road again... DD iced cap, breakfast sandwich and a smile as he watches a movie on the way home|
This summer has been packed with trips to the zoo & the swimming pool. We even got to spend time with another friend from Ethiopia who came down with his family for a little down time in Columbus--->
|Kindu, Dagim, Reese, Abe, KK & Lily|
His personality is starting to come out as he gets more comfortable with the family--->
We did a little camping and hiking while Khris and KK were in California--->
|1st camping trip|
|Swim goggles were Kindu's BRILLIANT idea for keeping the smoke out of his eyes while he roasted marshmallows #genius|
|Old Man's Cave selfie|
Here we are at 8 months home and Kindu's English is AMAZING, he is beginning to read short-A 3-letter words; he knows and can write his full name, address and phone number; gives hugs and I-love-yous freely, AND he will on occasion sass me in perfect English (that means attachment right? Ha!).
We thank God for bringing Kindu home and we are thoroughly enjoying the new Rogers-Family-Of-6.
Blessings to you all!
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the clouds