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2nd Trip – Coming Home


This was truly a journey like none other I’ve ever been on. 2 adults – 2 babies – 30 hours of bus ride, airports, plane rides and car ride home. As we started out we talked about how important humor was going to be, because if we did not have the humor we’d probably be

2nd Trip – Day 6


What a busy day – our last day in Ethiopia before heading home! Since Tara had never been to Ethiopia before and had pretty much only been in the hotel room, airport and Embassy office, I really wanted her to get out a little bit. So another adoptive family was going shopping and I made

2nd Trip – Day 5


Today is our embassy day! The day the US recognizes our adoption as full and final! I remember not long after Jonah was born that we would have an appointment and I would give ourselves a little extra time since there was one more child and then all of a sudden find myself rushing around

2nd Trip – Day 4


With approximately 3-4 hours of total sleep last night for Tara or myself, we begin the day. I thought of that phrase that the days seem long, but the years go by quickly. I believe we’ll be seeing a lot of those long days in the near future. What a full day! And what a

2nd Trip – Day 3


After a good nights sleep, we went down for breakfast to get some great coffee, omelets and porridge. We came back up to the hotel room with plenty of time to shower, organize baby stuff and get ready for the day. Tara decided to singe her hair off while curling it, and looks like she

2nd Trip – Day 1 & 2


My precious husband and 2 oldest boys took me to the airport today to pick up our twins!!! On our way we picked up my friend, Tara, who was coming with me to help with the babies. Somehow, I can’t imagine traveling home with twins by myself. Go figure. We had just said goodbye to

Introducing Our Twins


who are 3 1/2 months old… Micah Aklil Hartwell (meaning: who is like God, the crown of the family) Makeda Embafresu Hartwell (meaning: beautiful, against all odds she made it)Makeda is believed to be the name of the Queen of Sheba who visited King Solomon Born March 18, 2012 (these were taken from our first

Our Bonding & Attaching Plan


I hope you all have enjoyed reading about our adoptive friends and families and how God has worked mightily in the lives of them and their precious ones from Ethiopia! I love to hear their stories and throughout these last 2 years we have learned so much from those that have already been at this

Guest Post: Rebekah McGee


This is a sweet girl from AGCI who is IN the process of cocooning. They have only been home a couple months with their darling 8 month old boy. Check out their site for more great information. I’ve gotten several requests for an update on my thoughts on cocooning. We have been over home six