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

Guest Post: Leigh Ladd


I love this girl, Leigh. We have followed each others adoption journeys and blogs and share a love for cooking 🙂 I’ve so enjoyed her sweet heart for her sweet boy. His smile is infectious! What a beautiful boy that has come so far in just a year! Check out their site for more information.

Guest Post: Lauren Casper


I’ve asked a few ladies from our AGCI group to write a little blog post on how their adoption process has gone in regards to bonding/attaching and their own cocooning experience. My hope is that as you read these stories, it will give you a glimpse into what we have coming up for our families!

Cocooning


A couple of days ago I wrote a bit about attachment. I hope you gleaned from that post that (generally speaking) many institutionalized (orphanage) adopted children have deep losses that have to be recognized and healed. As parents, we can play a large part in this healing process, although we know that God alone heals

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