Monday, July 26, 2010

Meeting the extended family

We headed to Springfield, Mo this past week so that Gadisa could meet our extended families. Josh is from Springfield and almost all of my family on my dad's side lives there so it's nice to be able to see both sides in one trip. I think this was by far my favorite Springfield trip. He was showered with so much love from aunts, uncles, cousins and grandmas. We are so really fortunate to have such great family. They have stood by our side anticipating his arrival from the time we told them we were adopting. This little guy has so many people that have waited to love him. He is teething and his 2nd tooth made it's appearance while we were there, so we pretty much got no sleep and neither did he. We battled a pretty serious fever and fussiness for a lot of the trip, but when he was happy we were good. Might I just add when your baby is burning up laying against your chest how helpless you feel!
My sister-in-law threw a baby shower/welcome home party for him. Now, let me just say the Hunt sisters are very talented and quite creative so we got some amazing handmade gifts. One of them was a personalized book written and illustrated by one of Josh's sisters. This book is so precious to me and I can't wait for Gadisa to ask to read it over and over. Here are some photos of it and some of the other gifts we received. Really, the greatest gift is just watching all of the family love on him. It gets me every time.


  1. WOW!! That book is too awesome for words. So happy that your family was able to love on your guy - but bummer about his teething. It truly is a helpless feeling!

  2. that book is amazing!!! what a wonderful gift! yay for lovin' families:)

  3. What a cool book! That is truly unique!

  4. Hi, Casey --

    We live in Springfield, MO and we have monthly Ethiopian adoption gatherings because there are so many "Ethiopian" families in Springfield now -- many who adopted through Hope. Our next get-together is Saturday, August 21st. I will be sure to let you know of future gatherings in case you would like to come down and see what it's all about. So much fun! My email address is