We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of our arrival home with Ayub and Lucy, so I thought it was about time I finished up this video. I posted a lot of photos during and after our trips, but I have never gotten around to posting any videos. I’m really more of a still photo kind of gal and owe big thanks to Uncle Davey, who shot most of the video clips.
I made this video for my us, and I thought hard about whether to post it at all. But then I remembered how when we were in the waiting stages, I would often scour the internet looking for videos of others’ Ethiopian adoptions. I would watch their videos and dream about what our own video would look like. Well, here it is. But first, a disclaimer. If you are a potential adoptive parent, this will all look like sunshine and roses to you. It was not that way. There were some very hard times mixed in here. I don’t have video of the 1 hour and 20 minute tantrum at the top of the Horizon House steps. I don’t have photos of the bite marks and bruises that we were given. I don’t have the grief-filled sobs that echoed through our house early on. Those are not the memories I want my family to keep. I want to remember the things in this video: the early days, the smiles, the firsts, the hope. But I want others to be aware that those things existed and they are a part of our journey as much as anything else.
Another disclaimer. I really tried to cut this down to a manageable length. But I couldn’t do it. So, I don’t really expect anyone to watch this whole thing, other than maybe my mom. If you have 25 minutes, go pop some popcorn and settle in for a viewing. For those of you who would just like to see certain parts of the journey, here’s a guide to where you will find them.
- Referral – :21
- Meeting the Kids – 1:51
- Addis Ababa – 6:30
- Trip #2 & All 4 Together – 8:18
- Horizon House – 13:59
- Trip to Afar – 16:39
- Trip Home & First Few Months – 22:49
Without further ado…Our Adoption Story