Shine Like Stars

Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of life (Phil. 2:15)
We're not trying to be rock stars but just shed some light on a sad and lonely world. Stay tuned for how God works through weak and tired, sometimes really cranky vessels.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

In only 7 days....

This girl has stolen my heart. Who am I kidding? She had my heart since I saw her referral picture. But it's been an amazing week of getting to know my Melia Serawit. It's been 7 days almost to the hour (Addis is 8 hours ahead and I have jet lag so I've been up since 3am). Here's 7 things I've learned about my baby girl.....

1. She has an amazing smile, with a little dimple on her right cheek. She made us work so hard the first few days to see the smile, now it comes so easily.
2. Amazing communicator. She gets her point across without using words. It's usually pretty clear what she wants and at this point usually gets it:) She says "in-na" when she wants some thing and often and speaks African baby talk.
3. Loyal. She was so attached to her special nannies she wanted nothing to do with us for a good 24 hours. Now that she's used to us, she's stuck like glue.
4. Shy. She has an amazing personality but when a stranger talks to her, she buries her head. Once she pretended to be asleep so a man in the airport would stop
talking to her. Pretty smart! I might try that.
In this picture she's hiding from one of her nannies.
5. She loves to giggle. Her rolly poly belly so ticklish. She loves to be tickled.
6. Super Expressive. The face she makes speaks volumes about what she's thinking. She's got a smile that could light up the room and can turn on the tears so fast and melt your heart.

7. She loves us and we love her!!


  1. So precious! Congratulations.

  2. Congrats guys! I love her smile and the sweet little mouth!

  3. She's so beautiful! Congratulations! I'm glad to see you are home and all is well.

  4. Lauren, she is stunningly beautiful. What an awesome thing you have done but I bet you feel Melia has done an awesome thing for you. Enjoy each other!

  5. I can see why your heart is stolled...she's precious!

  6. WOW- she can steal my heart anytime! How adorable!!!!!! Can't wait to see more of her, and sooo happy that you are all back safe and sound.

  7. SOOOO sweet! I'm SOOOO thrilled for your family!!!!

  8. She is gorgeous! Just gorgeous!

    Merry Christmas! :)

  9. I love this post Lauren and of course she would steal your heart... She is a doll and I love her smile. Glad she is home and I hope you are all recovering from a whirlwind of a week. :)
    Merry Christmas!

    I love your photos! Thank you for sharing them! I especially love the way I can see her happiness begin to unfold as she got to know you and become comfortable in your presence! Such a beautiful, sweet, fun girl you have in your family!