At our recent Thanksgiving meal with Kristy’s family, Marty (Kristy’s father) invited us all to share what we were thankful for this past year. It came to my turn, and I took the opportunity to say that I was thankful for my wife and our family. Kristy’s willingness to be open to growing our family through adoption has been such a blessing. It’s her generosity towards others that I think I admire the most. Anyway, it was Kristy’s turn next. She said that she was thankful for the place that God had led us to in the adoption process and that she was thankful for the Littons allowing us to go to Ethiopia with them in May. This was where seeds were planted that would later bloom into our adoption that we are in the midst of. When she was done, Shannon (Kristy’s sister) said that she had a surprise from Ethiopia! She had been given a letter from our girls that they had written the day they found out they were going to be joining our family. Kristy began to read it out loud, but was quickly moved to tears by the emotion she felt. I tried to pick up where she left off.
Here’s what it said, along with some paraphrase as their English is improving.
My best family mom and dad how are you.
I am fine thank you. Mom and dad Jesus told me that he would take care of me until we meet.
Today I am happy, I cannot explain how I feel. Happy happy happy
I see God’s love in you. I love you so much. I can see how you love me.
I cannot stay here at the orphanage. I want to see you as soon as possible.
I hope we can stay in touch. I’m excited I will have a sister and brother.
We love you. God bless you.
Needless, to say, we were both crying tears of thankfulness. And it makes us all the more eager to bring home our daughters. We hope to be able to tell you soon what their American names will be.