Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Countdown is On.........

Yes, my friends, I will be traveling to Ethiopia in less than two weeks to pick up my beautiful little angel, Kozette. I depart from DC on the 7th, arrive in Ethiopia on the 8th and will be back in Philly on the 16th. We will make it back to Philly just in time to celebrate Tsebay's first birthday on the 21st. If all goes well we plan to head back to Maui on the 23rd. Here is a preview of the lovely lady herself compliments of Lindsey who is in Ethiopia right now picking up her darling son, Ian. Thank you so much Lindsey. What an awesome Christmas surprise.

Don't you just love the pouty look?

Monday, December 24, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

What a Day!!!

Well it looks like the Gladney staff has been working overtime. The following families received referrals today: The Breedloves, Fairy Good Baby and The Rooneys. While The Brophy Family and The Clevingers are in Ethiopia being united with their new additions. And last but not least I received a surprise phone call from Mary that Kozette is officially my little angel. Yes, it's true, Belay worked his magic and was able to get into court today and take care of everything that needed to happen. Kozette is my daughter and Tsebay's Quinn sister. We are thrilled. Thank you Gladney for all your hard work. Sweet dreams and happy holidays!!

Friday, December 14, 2007


It looks like we will be on pins and needles for another week or two. There was another problem with the court proceedings. Belay is working on getting it all sorted out so that Kozette will officially be a Quinn Girl. Gladney feels confident I will be able to keep my travel dates of Jan. 8th through the 15th so I just confirmed our tickets for these dates. Of course there is the risk that I will have to change these and pay the fee but otherwise I would lose the seats. Tsebay and I will leave for the east coast on Sunday as planned and pray for the best. We will really be celebrating when this adoption is official. Thank you all for your love and support. Let's hope the third time is the charm.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

the wait continues.............

Unfortunately there were some paperwork issues and the court proceedings did not go as planned. A new court date has been set, December 14th and the tentative travel dates are January 8th-14th. I am extremely disappointed but knew this was a strong possibility from everything I have been reading on the blogs and message boards so I was prepared. I have been assured that everything is prepared properly. There seems to be some problems with new MOWA (Ministry of Orpahns and Woman's Affairs, I think)workers.

The weather here on Maui is terrible so if you try to call and don't get through we're fine but the phone reception and electricity is off and on. Schools are even closed. The weather matches my mood.

Now I must go and rearrange my travel plans. Thank you all for your continued love and support. Please keep Tsebay and Kozette's birth mom in your prayers as I'm sure this is a very difficult time for her. She is a very strong woman who really wants her girls to be together. As always please pray for my little Kozette. Please pray that she is safe, happy and healthy during this wait.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Happy December!!

Tsebay and I are anxiously awaiting Kozette's arrival. We look at her picture all of the time and give her kisses. When I ask Tsebay, "Where's Kozette?". She looks at the fridge because this is where her picture is hanging. She also attempts to say her name and most times comes our with a Zeet. Thanks to Uncle Lon, Kozette's bed is ready for her. The girls and I will be sharing a room. It's quite cozy.

This Thursday is the big court date and I am trying not to get too anxious. I think I need to take this week off the blogs and yahoo groups. Too much information is dangerous sometimes, especially when some of it is misinformation.

Hopefully I will be posting later this week that this little cutie is officially my little girl. Do we belong together or what?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Book it!!!

If all goes according to plan I will be departing Philly for Ethiopia on December 22nd and arriving on the 23rd. Kozette will be in my arms on Christmas Eve and I will have a wonderful present to bring home for Tsebay, her very own big sis! Cristin, Kozette and I will be in country for the week and will depart on the 29th. It's a bit risky because they are not issuing visas the same day and this only gives a two day window. I'm going to take my chances. I really want to minimize the time I am away from Tsebay. Most agencies tell you not to book until you have a successful court date but due to the holidays there is limited availability so we went for it. The change fee is $50. and cancellation is $100 so it's not too unreasonable. We are using Susan Parr travel and they have been great. They are working on getting us a room at the Hilton.

My plan is to leave Maui for Philly on December 15th. This gives me one month to get my life in order. I plan to take the month of January off so I need to get plans ready for school in addition to getting the house ready for a two year old. There is so much to do and with Tsebay's new found mobility it is a challenge to get anything accomplished during her waking hours.

It will be great to catch up with my blogging buddies also in Ethiopia to pick up their little ones. What an unforgettable holiday season we will all have.

Please send positive vibes out for successful court dates for all.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

We love Drew, Carey and Zoe!

I agree with Renee that this traveling family is among my favorite people. Please check out their blog and see the great pics and posts about their trip and their little girl, Zoe. They delivered a care package to Kozette and took these awesome pics. Blog buddies rock! Thanks again Drew and Carey.

I think Kozette will be Little Miss Aloha. She looks like she is ready for Maui.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Court Date, Yahooooooo!!!!

The phone finally rang this morning with the news I've been waiting for. We have a court date. It is December 6th. If everything goes according to plan I will arrive in Ethiopia on Dec. 25th and will leave on Jan. 1st. What a terrific holiday present. Tsebay and I will travel to the east coast a week or two prior to my travel. She will be in the adoring hands of Mimi and Pop Pop while I'm picking up Kozette. I know they are thrilled to be able to wake with her on Christmas morning. We will celebrate the holidays when I return as a family of three. What a great day!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

So cute.......

Here are some recent pics of Kozette. Isn't she the cutest? Look at that smile.

Continue to pray that my little girl remain healthy and happy. A quick court date would also be nice.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

We have a winner!

Congratulations Eileen and Jim Mc Entee.

Thank you to everyone who pitched in. This has been an amazing part of the journey and I feel totally blessed to have so many people helping me bring my little girl home to be with her family.

We are the real winners and we hope to be with Kozette soon. Keep those prayers coming for a quick and successful court date.

Trick or Treat?

Check out Gail's blog and vote for your favorite pumpkin.

The winner of the raffle will be pulled between 4-5 EST.
I will post as soon as I get the word. Good luck everyone!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Grandmom

G is for the GUIDANCE you have given to our family

R is for keeping it REAL. You are always true to your values and beliefs.

A is for your positive ATTITUDE. It is contagious.

N is for the NAPS we used to take together. Your snoring secret is safe with me.

D is for the DESTINATIONS of your many trips. The bed is ready.

M is for the MANY, MANY people who love you.

O is for OPEN MINDEDNESS. Thanks for always listening to our views.

M is for MANY, MANY more healthy, happy years.

WE LOVE YOU.........XOXOXO........Rachelle, Maria and Tsebay

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Yipppeee!! We've reached our goal!!!

Thanks to the support of many family and friends the raffle is sold out. We have reached our goal and will be pulling the winner on Thursday, November 1st so stop by and see who the lucky winner is. Thanks Gail, P-Dawg, Big B, Gram L, Jen and Jeff Magson, Uncle Dennis, Rebecca, my blog buddies and all the others who spread the word and got the raffle tickets sold. It touches me daily to think of all the love that is out there for my new family. Mom (Mimi) and Kate thank you so much for putting so much time, energy and love into making this raffle a reality. This will always be such a special part of our family's adoption story.

I am (not so) patiently awaiting my court date. I am really hoping to have Kozit in my arms by Christmas. Please keep the prayers coming. I dream of her at night and think of her all day. I imagine her playing with Tsebay and think of the changes I will have to make to manage two children. I find myself wondering-- What is she doing? Is she safe, healthy, well fed? I am so fortunate to have Tsebay in my life. She keeps me busy and is a constant reminder that yes, the adoption dream does become a reality. I have decided to keep Kozit as her first name although I am thinking about changing the spelling, Kozette perhaps? I am still searching for a middle name. I'll keep you posted.

Tsebay turned 9 months and is doing all the things a 9 month old does. We had her physical this week and is in tip top shape. She is crawling and getting into everything. She is very, very verbal. I wonder where she gets this from?

Here are some recent pics.

In the last pic. we are at a polo match and Tsebay is wearing her polo by Ralph Lauren. Is she styling or what? This little cutie has the perfect outfit for every occasion. Thanks to all my fashion savy friends and family.

Monday, October 8, 2007


Double Yahoooooo! First, after a long rainy season in Ethiopia the courts are open. For those of us following the progress of Ethiopian adoptions the court closure has felt like forever. Congratulations Mestas, big sister Ellie and Evangeline Grace for being one step closer to your little ones. I will keep you in my prayers and hope all will go well during your Friday court date. The second reason to celebrate is my dossier is complete and will make a quick stop in DC and then be off to Ethiopia. I received this email from Mary today-
Kate informed me that your dossier to ready to be sent to D.C. today! That is great news!
So once your dossier reaches Ethiopia , Belay will have your dossier translated into Amharic. As soon as it is translated, he will have it submitted to the courts. I will contact you once we have a court date set for you.

I'm guessing a November 15th court date and traveling the last week of Nov./first week of Dec. Anyone have an over/under?

I've had tons of support lately to assist with adoption costs. There have been four special families giving $1000. donations, Jen, Jeff and Maddie (love ya and hope to see you soon), one of Jeff's coworkers (WOW!!!, the kindness of strangers is the best), Bob, my mom's coworker (now known as Uncle Bob) and my Grandmom Mc Gee (you rock, Gram). Thank you so much to everyone who has helped out and purchased a raffle ticket or tickets. There are still some available. My mom and cousin will be selling them until the end of the month or until we sell 275. Think, Maui, beaches, surfing, relaxing, sun, hiking, waterfalls. I promise to make it the trip of a lifetime and you'll get to see my two little cuties. I also found out last week that I will be receiving a $2000. grant through Gladney's Ashenefi's Gift! Thank you Gladney and grant organizers. Asking for financial assistance has been a humbling experience but I just keep reminding myself that it's not about me but about the girls. The outpouring of love and support is so overwhelming and keeps me motivated when the wait seems never ending. Maya Kozit and Tsebay Grace thank you as well. How sweet will it be to finally see them together.

Tsebay is growing and continues to be very verbal. Her favorite activity is to be read to. She will sit and attend for as long as someone is willing to read. She can be totally fussy but will calm down as soon as you open a book. She turns the pages and verbalizes when she sees certain pictures. She loves animals. Her two favorites are cat and duck. These are two of her first words. She has a tooth coming in on the bottom. I have felt it but don't get to see it too often. Her tongue is still out most of the time and I think it's even more so now that there is a tooth to check out. Tsebay loves music. She enjoyed some Irish tunes last night at Mulligans and enjoys entertaining us with her drum. Here are some pics of my little darling in action. She is so ready to crawl but just can't manage to go forward.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Here's a picture of Kozit with her buds. She looks like such a big girl. It's so amazing how all the kids care for each other and the little ones try to keep up with the big ones.

Gotta love their spirits. The girls are all so happy and they've been through more in their short lives than most of us will ever encounter. I'm inspired by my girls!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Great News from Ethiopia

"Let Maria know that Kozit is possibly the sweetest child I have ever met. I drove her yesterday, and she was in the back with one of the caregivers. Every now and then I would turn around and pat her on the leg and she would just get this huge smile. All the times that I have been around her she has never cried or complained and any time anyone gives her attention she just gives you the best smile! I will really miss her when she goes, but am so happy for Maria, Tsebay, and Kozit."

This is the word that was sent via Mary from Ryan (Ethiopia Gladney All Around Awesome Guy) today. How lucky am I? Aren't these the words every mother wants to hear? I can't wait to see that smile in person. Those cheeks are the cutest and the eyes just draw you in. I am reading, researching and preparing for the worst.......... temper tantrums, spitting, sadness, frustration and jealousy but am hoping for the best............a sweet, happy little girl that shows emotion, likes to play and loves her momma and sister.

I'm hoping no news is good news on the dossier front. My paperwork is making it's way around the country getting all the necessary authentications. Hopefully it will get to DC anyday now. Ethiopia here I come! I just got word that the courts are not opening until next week and they are expecting a back log. Hopefully it will not be too long. I know how anxious many of us are to hold our new little ones. Check out other Gladney families that are ready to travel. Renee and Geert will be picking up their two little cuties, the Mestas Family will be adding adorable twineetes and a sweet little boy to their family and Drew and Carrie will be going to get their little angel Zoe. She's only 10 weeks old.

My friend Cristin got her shots today and is planning to travel with me. I am so grateful to have a travel partner for this trip. Thank you to all of you who have offered to make sacrafices and travel with me. I am so fortunate to have such supportive friends and family.

There are so many people doing such amazing things for me and my girls. I am touched daily by the kindness people have been showing. My cousin Kate was the driving force behind the raffle tickets. Without her it would have just been another great idea and I would be going into some scary debt to make this all happen. Kate and her family showered Tsebay with everything she needed(and more) to have an swesome start in her new life. Thanks so much Kate! My college roommate, Jen, is leading the pack in selling tickets and is not taking no for an answer. She is another person that bought out baby GAP with gifts for Tsebay. I love ya, Mulv!

Here are a few more pics the Daileader's sent:

Don't forget my Sweet Tsebay-

Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Kozit Opened Her Care Package

Isn't she so adorable? I can't wait to kiss those adorable cheeks and check out the sparkling eyes. Wow, how blessed am I. Mimi, what great timing for these pics to arrive on your Birthday. Happy Birthday!!! Tsebay is also sharing in this special day. She's 8 months old.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Snowy, Paperwork and Thank Yous............

Here is a recent picture of Kozit.

It was taken by Ryan when Kozit was on her way to the clinic. She was given a clean bill of health. Yay!!!, no more earache. One report from Ethiopia shared that Kozit likes to hang out with the big kids and has the boys feeding her. Wow, what great skills! She already has the men wrapped around her finger. Rachelle and I are impressed and are hoping she will share her magic with us.

I received this news today from a traveling family---- Maria – I was able to get an amazing video and lots of pictures of her opening her gifts from you. She was SO happy and recognized you and her sister right away and had a big smile on her face when she saw the pictures. I honestly don’t know who was happier about the bag – her or her caregiver! Her caregiver dove right in and put her new sneakers and shirt and hat and necklace on and Kozit had as much as she could possibly carry in her arms and wasn’t about to let go!! First and foremost was the snowman – it was almost as if she knew – she held onto that with all of her might. Thank you so much Heidi. I am on emotional overload thinking of little Kozit hanging out with Snowy. Snowy is the a stuffed snowman that I have shared my bed with for the last 10+ years. My sister has one, many of my friends have one and it is so sweet to think of my little girl feeling all the love that snowy brings.

Here is a picture of Tsebay saying good bye to Snowy. We'll be reunited soon.

Here is a picture of the care package we sent Kozit.

It is filled with a photo album, an outfit, socks and shoes, bubbles, jump rope, Maui calendar and stickers, a Phillies cap and any other goodies I could squeeze in there. Preparing the package was a challenge. How do you tell a two year old you love them with things?

I am so anxious to bring Kozit home and show her our love through actions. The paperwork on my end is complete. It has been sent to Kate (KBS Dossiers) and is going through the authentication process. With any luck it will be completed some time next week, will make a quick stop in DC and then it will be on it's way to Ethiopia. Although I just went through the process for Tsebay I had to do all the paperwork again. The only break I got is that my CIS fingerprints were still on file. It's been crazy trying to get it all together and I am very excited that it is complete.

The raffle tickets are still being sold. We have over 150 still available. Please contact my cousin, Kate, at or my mom at to make a $50. donation and possibly win a trip to Maui. See the previous post for more details. I am so touched by everyone's generosity. Blogging Buddies, you all rock!! Thank you for the emotional and financial support. I hope we all get to meet face to face with our little cuties sometime soon. "Uncle" Bob, Grandmom, and the random Oregon donor, thank you so much for your super generous donations. To all my family and friends that have donated and are spreading the word, thank you, thank you, thank you. Everyone's love and support really kept me motivated during the paperchase.

Here are some cute pics of Tsebay.

Go Phils

Our washer and dryer are outside so we take walks to pick up the wash and get the mail. Here is the final product.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Hawaii, anyone??


In an effort to raise funds for the adoption my family and friends have organized a fundraiser to help cover the costs. One adoption is a struggle and two in a year is financially impossible, at least for a teacher and soon to be mother of two. Every donation of $50. or more will get you a chance for a 10 day trip to Maui. We are only selling 275 chances. The goal is to raise $10,000 of the adoption costs. The additional $$$ will go towards the prize. This should cover about 1/2 of the costs. I'm hoping to receive some grants to help with the other 1/2. Please read the letter below for more details and feel free to spread the word. You can contact my cousin,Kate, at or my mom,Mary Ann, at if you are interested in buying or selling chances.

Dear Friends and Family,

I am calling upon all of you to reach deep into your hearts and help someone very close to me reunite two baby sisters back together again. As most of you know from me and my mom, Maria Quinn, my mom's best friend from child-hood's daughter, a.k.a my "cousin" has recently adopted a beautiful now 7-month old baby girl, Tsebay from Ethiopia. I have included pictures for all to see. If I have not had the opportunity to tell you about Maria and Tsebay's journey, here is a brief look at how their lives have been brought together.

Maria, a single-woman living Maui, HI (Philly raised), who has a most fulfilling job as a teacher and mentor (not to mention a Big Sister for the last 6 years to two local boys) wanted to adopt a little girl, and for many reasons was drawn to Ethiopia. Well not long into the process, Maria found her little girl, Tsebay!

Soon after the news, Maria and her mom, Mary Ann, went on the long journey to Ethiopia to be united with their baby. While in Ethiopia, Maria had the opportunity to meet her new daughter's birth mom! However, the circumstances were not celebratory as Tsebay's mom had dropped off her two-year old daughter, Kozit, (Tsebay's big sister) at the orphanage just that week. The girls' birth mom asked Maria to take Kozit with her and Tsebay and "teach" her as she will Tsebay. Well at the time, Maria could not legally take the older sister even if she was prepared to. She would have to go through the entire process again from the beginning, as this is an entirely new adoption. The paperwork started as soon as the plane landed in the States and the process is getting under way. From the moment it was asked of her, Maria knew in her heart there was no way that she could leave Kozit behind to grow up without her sister (As I am sure we would all feel).

After about a month in New Jersey with Mimi and Pop-Pop (formerly known as Mom and Tom), Maria and Tsebay are now back at home in Maui. And while Maria is happy to be home with Tsebay, there is a sadness lingering as she thinks of Kozit waiting at the orphanage to be reunited with her sister.

Okay - so why am I telling you all this, except to share a wonderful, yet unbelievable story on how life and priorities change in an instant. Friends and family members of Maria (myself and my family included) are putting together a fund-raising raffle where all of the proceeds will help to pay to reunite Kozit with Maria and Tsebay. What we are planning to raffle off is a wonderful trip to Maui (or the winner could choose the cash equivalent). A minimum donation of $50.00 will get your name in the raffle.

Specifically, the 10 day trip to Maui will include:
-round trip tickets for two
-a lei greeting at the airport
-10 day accommodations in a cottage on the North Shore of Maui
-10 day car rental
-2 nights out at beautiful Maui restaurants
****The cash out option will be: $3000****

As you may or may not know, the cost to adopt a child is in the tens of thousands. If we exceed the costs of the adoption, any additional money raised will be donated to the wonderful adoption agency (Gladney Center for Adoption) that has brought Maria to Tsebay and soon to Kozit.

The drawing will take place on November 1st, and the winner will be contacted via telephone. You can track the progress of the drawing by visiting, in addition to seeing the status of the raffle, you can also see pictures of the sisters and get updates on the progress of the adoption.

Please take some time to digest what I have just told you and think about the future you are helping to provide this two-year old little girl. Please consider helping this wonderful family, as I am sure the joy you will feel from knowing you have made a huge impact in another person’s life will far surpass any dollar amount. Any bit will help, so again, please give this some thought and talk to your friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers and ask them to chip in or buy a ticket themselves!

If you are interested, please email me at or you can call me at 856-467-5117 and I will make sure I get you the tickets you would like to purchase. Our goal is to get 275 tickets sold so please pass this along to anyone interested in winning a trip or even more importantly, helping to bring Kozit home to her little sister!

Thank you all for taking the time to read this letter. I hope you are able to help (but will still love you if you can't!)

Warmest regards,


Monday, September 3, 2007

Paperwork,milestones and pics

My dossier paperwork is almost complete and I will be at the Fed. Ex. Office first thing Tues. morning. As I'm sure I've said before I can't believe I am in the middle of this paper chase again so soon. There are a few positive sides to starting the process again so quickly. The process is still fresh in my brain and I'm hoping to not make some of the same mistakes I made the first time around. Also, I'm so busy taking care of Tsebay and working that I am not as anxious and obsessive as I was the first time around. Kozit just got over bronchitis and is still fighting an ear infection. She needs her momma and her sister and we can't wait to see her. Tsebay gets so excited every time I show her a picture of Kozit. It will be so interesting to see the girls interact with each other. Will they remember each other? Will the bond be automatic? Will there be jealousy? They have not spent a lot of time together. I was able to see them interact for an hour or so while in Ethiopia. Kozit was kissing up on her sister and Tsebay seemed to mimic her sister a few times. They both have a tongue thing as is evident in this picture.

Tsebay is growing more and more each day. She is so pleasant and happy. People constantly comment about what a great baby she is. I definitely hit the baby lottery. She is starting to imitate speech and it seems her first word is cat. We have two outside cats that came with the house when I bought it. The old owners were very attached to the cats and were moving off island. I agreed to care for them although I am not a cat person. I feed them daily and pet them from time to time but Tsebay loves the cats and they definitely hang around more often since she came home with me. Now she is starting to put the sounds together and say cat. This would not be my choice for a first word but she is an independent thinker. What a big girl! Here are some recent pics of the little cutie......

Go, EAGLES!!!!

Yes, Tsebay is reading Surfing Mag. It's the green edition and she is stoked.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


The picture I posted yesterday is from when I was in Ethiopia and met Kozit two months ago. Yes, she does look super healthy and at the time the picture was taken had only spent a few days in the orphanage. The picture posted on the side of my blog is from Rachel Elliot (sorry I'm not sure how to hyperlink to her blog, can someone email me and let me know the trick). It was taken about a month ago. Thanks Rachel. As you can see little Kozit has a runny nose and some marks on her forehead in this pic. I also have a picture from Gladney that I am having a difficult time posting. It's on a word document, if someone could email me and let me know how to transfer I would really appreciate it. In the most recent picture Kozit has pox marks and is barely smiling. She is still adorable but in desperate need of some TLC. As you can imagine I am very anxious to hold this little girl in my arms and make sure she is well taken care of. Here are two more pics. The first is from Rachel and the second is from my trip.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Introducing Kozit

Yahooooooo!!!! While in Ethiopia I learned that Tsebay had a sister. Her birthmom put her in the orphanage and relinquished her rights the week I was there. She is two years old and is soooo adorable. Tsebay and I were able to spend time with her sister on the last day of my stay in Ethiopia. When she came into the room she ran up to Tsebay an started kissing her face. They look so much alike and have many similiar mannerisms. From the time I heard about this little one I felt there was a plan in place that these girls were meant to be together and be my family. Since returning home I have started the process to adopt this special little girl and just got news today that her medical tests (hep, HIV) all came back negative. Aside from the chicken pox (poor thing) and the occasional ear infection (poor poor thing) Kozit has been given a clean bill of health. God is good!! I plan to keep Kozit as her middle name and give her the name Maya as her first name.........Maya Kozit Quinn........ We were told her name was Hozit so we've been calling her Hozit for the past month. I guess I shouldn't get too attached to Kozit. You definitely have to be flexible in this process and keep your sense of humor. If all goes well I will be the mother of two within six months. I need to run and get the paperwork moving. I am off to fed ex my I-600 A, my Gladney paperwork and my fingerprints. Now everyone has been a bit lax lately with the comments and I've been a bit slow with the posts but lets get some love going for little Kozit.

And without further ado, here is a picture.......

Does she look like someone we know???

Monday, August 13, 2007

Settling in.........

Tomorrow will mark three weeks since Tsebay and I landed on Maui. It is wonderful to be here and share my life with Tsebay. She is such an awesome little girl and really goes with the flow. She is a big hit on Maui! I had two work meetings on Friday and she was so great through both of them. At one point I was giving an orientation to parents and had her on my hip. I would love to have her with me 100% of the time but going to work and having her with me is getting a bit exhausting. I am looking for a sitter for three days a week. It will be hard to leave her but necessary to make sure my job is well done. Please pray I am able to find a safe environment for my little angel.

Tsebay is learning new tricks everyday. She is starting the backward crawl and continues to ensure her wants and needs are met. She is super expressive and has the best sense of humor. She is very silly. I'm not sure where she gets that from. Tsebay is a people person. She makes eye contact and engages people everywhere we go. I constantly have people stop me in stores to tell me how cute she is. It is a true joy being her momma and I know I'm spoiled to have such an awesome baby.

Here are some pics of my little beach bum----

I am excited to see another person has donated to Gladney. There is a place to donate on the right hand side of my blog. The money will go to the Care Center in Ethiopia. Every little bit helps.

I hope to have some exciting news to post this week so keep checking in.

Sunday, July 29, 2007


Here are some pics of Tsebay's adventures on the East Coast

Here are a few pics of the little cutie on Maui