Thursday, December 31, 2009


I am officially the mom of two beautiful boys.

I am so happy and proud to introduce you to:

Daniel Bereket Mintesnot Focht

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

On your mark....Get set....


Tonight's the night. While we sleep, a judge in Ethiopia will decide if Bear is legally my son. Here's what I need you to pray for specifically, if you don't mind.

1. The letter from MOWA will be complete and delivered to the court.

2. The judge will show up.

and remember...there is something in it for you will get to see LOTS of pictures of BEAR (not to mention some very cute video) and the adorable new header that Tara made for my blog. :)

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Our church has an AWESOME children's ministry. In April, they opened the Children's Discovery Center. Part of the center is a two-story climbing 'wall' made of leaves and wire that the kids can climb inside of. This week, they had 'open play' time and we went over with Jill and the kids to let them all climb.

Why can't they smile like this for us when they aren't covered up by wires?

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Monday, December 28, 2009


What do you do when you have a hallway that looks like an alley?


Love the ball in this looks like a face:

Wow! Look at the way he holds the ball already. He's a natural!

Putting on his game face:

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

He's going to be soooo mad...

Andrew tried out his new Spiderman underwear today. Poor Spidey got pee'd on within 5 minutes.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

My brother

My brother, Dan, is a good guy. He's smart and funny and works hard to provide a good home for his family.
While we were in Georgia for Christmas, I went out to my car to get something and couldn't get the trunk open. My car has keyless entry and ignition so we figured that the key fob needed a new battery. He ran me over to CVS and we grabbed a new battery. Nothing happened. Next, we ran over to the Nissan dealership to see if they could reprogram the key for us. I would have to have had my car towed into the dealership and then wait until Monday for them to fix it. (I was planning to leave tomorrow.) On the way home from the dealership, we did some problem solving and decided that it could be the battery in my car. Dan and my dad hooked it up to his truck to give it a jump. The lights came on but that was it. It was completely dead. He and my dad ran out to the auto parts store...a huge sacrifice for both of them ;)....and installed the new battery within minutes. I am so thankful that it died in his driveway and not on the road somewhere. I'm so thankful that my brother and my dad know their way around a car and could fix it for me.
I don't ask my family for help very often, but it is wonderful to know that they are there when I really need them. :)

I took this picture of my brother on Christmas Day...I love it.

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Go Fish!

Don't they look like they're playing a hot game of poker with cigars in their mouths?

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day

This morning, we opened stockings and the three gifts that Santa brought.

Andrew's stocking:

Spiderman Underwear!!

Andrew got lollipops in his stocking. I told him he couldn't have one until he ate some breakfast. He couldn't get the cereal bar and banana down fast enough.

Yay! The lollipop!

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Merry Christmas

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

Working on some crafts during the day:

Playing with Bennett's train table:

A Focht family portrait:

Killing time til we open presents by jumping on Uncle Dan.

Let the games begin!

Happy with his gifts:

Bennett carried every toy he could so no one else could get them:

Mommy and Andrew:

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