JT and I laughed today.... we can not believe it has been four weeks since Chernet joined our family. It is a little surreal some days. We were getting in the car for church on Sunday and I looked at him, over my sunglasses nonetheless, and said, "Do we have two five year olds? Am I almost thirty?" These were not lamenting comments. These were.....Man, life has changed... comments. And for the better. I can say that today. We had friends over and our children were well-behaved (though I did not ask my friends' opinion). The boys played alone in their room for an hour with no fighting, no biting or kissing, no hitting or tears.
I don't want to forget these moments so.... the top moments of the last four weeks:
~ Text from JT while I am on night shift: "I may or may not have kicked the shake and go Buzz into wall. Just saying."
~From the night Chernet came home...spoken by Tedi: "Chernet, we speak regular here."
~Watching the boys welcome home JT with screams and hugs....each day as if it has been weeks since they have seen him.
~While sad, watching Chernet cry for his brother when they are separate. It lets me know there is bonding, and now, love.
~Tedi to us then repeated to friends, adamantly: "My eyes used to be brown like my brother's but they are blue now like my daddy's." He really thinks they are blue and he is NOT color blind.
~Chernet LOVING dogs.
~A constant fascination with the Amharic word for penis.....and saying it in public.
~Listening to Chernet speak Amharic to Ezra at church...hearing him say he liked living with us but did not like that meat other than chicken we tried to feed him....
~ Tedi: "Mommy, Chernet just peed on me."
Me: "In the bathroom?"
Tedi: "Nah, in our bedroom. On my shirt."