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life is good…

I can’t believe it’s been a little over a month since we have been home.  Addie is such a joy!  She is such a sweet, happy & easy baby and we feel so blessed that she is ours.  It has been so amazing to watch her come alive over the past month.  She soaks up every little bit of attention, giggles at her silly brothers’ antics and greets everyone with a smile when we are out and about.  She loves splashing around in the bathtub and is just about ready to roll over.  Despite the fact that she is currently battling salmonella in her system (which is most likely what she was so sick from at the first orphanage) and a staph infection, she has put on almost a pound a week since we have had her!  She is quite the little chunk now and it makes my heart so happy to see.  Just look at what love can do, first from the nannies at the orphanage and then from us…

Addie at around 3 months old in the orphanage:

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On the day we met her at 4 months old:

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2 weeks at home:

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And finally, Addie at 5 months old after being home for one month:

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Is she cute or what?  Since everyone seemed to like her slideshow (it has been viewed over 1,100 times!), I thought you might also enjoy seeing the rest of our travel group. We were so blessed to walk though this experience with the most amazing group of families that will always have a special place in our heart. We celebrated, laughed & cried together, smooshed together in hot vans through crazy Ethiopian traffic, suffered through a sleepless night in a mosquito infested-no locks on the doors-flooded bathroom floor- hotel together, prayed together and completely bonded together. When we ran into a major problem at our embassy appointment that resulted in me rushing around Ethiopia trying to track down necessary paperwork to bring Addie home, I returned to find that our entire group had stayed with Will & Addie at the embassy, waiting for us and comforting him during a very stressful time. Their support at this moment and throughout the trip meant so much to me and I will always treasure the memories of our time in Ethiopia. It is a very special experience to be able to witness other families falling in love with their children and I hope you will feel a little of what this was like with this slideshow.

pictures of Addie

July 9, 2010 - 7:28 am Lori - Wow, so beautiful Amie! She may not realize it quite yet, but she's one lucky little girl!

July 9, 2010 - 7:47 am Leslie - She is so beautiful! I want to squeeze her! Thanks for the slide show, too. What an amazing gift to have a group to travel with and share your experiences with!

July 10, 2010 - 11:38 am Amber-Rose - I bet you never thought you'd be calling Addie a "chunk"! She is beautiful and it's obvious that she's soaking up all that love and care. We miss you guys!

July 14, 2010 - 6:55 am Lisa Percy - You are so talented with that camera. She is so pretty and your pictures are absolutely stunning!

August 9, 2010 - 2:46 pm Jenni LaBella - Your little girl is gorgeous! Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

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