Friday, January 27, 2012

Brothers and Sisters

Meskie has been home 6 months now. To sum up how our family has adjusted? We feel so lucky. Lucky that Meskie has attached to us, is loving, kind-hearted, and has a personality that fits right in with her siblings. She has gone through so much in her short little life...and is one strong cookie. I find myself reflecting on the role her brothers and sister have played in how well she's adjusted. It's a huge part of why she's doing so well.

I wasn't concerned about Etta's adjustment to/with Meskie....she has the most easy-going personality of any child I know. Not to mention the connection the two of them had as sisters in Ethiopia. Clearly that bond never went away despite the 1 1/2 years they were separated.

But I wasn't entirely sure how the boys would adjust to their sister, an almost 5 year old who came home needing the majority of mom and dad's attention. If Etta was going to be any indicator, they would love with an open heart. And they did. They love their newest sister to pieces. I could not have asked for more when it comes to my boys opening their arms to Meskie. They are such awesome brothers to her. And I believe the love Meskie feels from Etta, Spencer and Blake is a huge part of the reason why her transition to this family has gone so amazingly well. I could not feel more grateful.


Lucky we are.
(this photo gives you a glimpse into Meskie's spirit :-)

11 comments:

  1. please have your sons write a book about how to be a great older brother to a child from ET...my 8 year old needs some guidance- although hes getting better each day :)

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    1. Hi Autumn...glad it's getting better! Could be an age thing too! Hope you are well....

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  2. Loving this to tears. Hoping we have the same SOON!

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    1. I know you will.....just hoping it's REALLY SOON!

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  3. That is wonderful: I am very happy for all of you.

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  4. oh.my.heart. beautiful, just beautiful.

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  5. So amazing, how families are made. Yours is so beautiful. And this makes me so teary. What a blessing to know you.

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    1. Thanks Beth. Thinking of you and yours...

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  6. I have been appreciating your posts. My hubby has been wanting our second ET adoption to be a child about 4. I have been back and forth about it because our three kids are all 6 and under and a baby seemed so much easier to blend into our family. Thanks to posts like yours showing life jumping birth order of bios/adopted and smooshing 4 kids in a small age range and that it is possible to bond with an older child while haveing young kids at home. I'm thinking it will all work out ok, so we are going to go 4ish! I just want to say I really needed a site like yours to help with my uncertanty....Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your post...congrats on your decision to adopt again! I am about to post some more specifics about our experience in adopting an older child. Thanks for your support....and best wishes to you!

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