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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Homecoming pics!

What an awesome day! The day we arrived back in STL after almost 24 hours of travel from Ethiopia.Our family and best of friends were there to celebrate little Solie Koket's arrival to the US. We so love and appreciate these people in our lives and they made us feel so so loved! Check out some of the footage!

This is part of the welcome crew. What a great way to walk out of airport security!

Bianca meeting her little sis for the first time....What a priceless moment.

The Outman crew give Solie some love! They are waiting for their twin boys from Ethiopia, who had a crib right across from Solie's! Check out their blog.

Long long time best bud Trac welcomes little Solie!

These great signs made by the Outman crew

We have been home 3 weeks today! Feels like forever. SOlie has made such an amazing journey from a far off and wonderful place and she is just the sweetest baby. We are so humbled and thankful that God would give us this child to love.
I have lots of great new pics to share but did not want to miss out posting this good stuff!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Meeting Solie Koket

What an awesome day! The video of our first few moments meeting Solie Koket! our great friends, the Turman;s took the video of us meeting Solie for the first time...PRICELESS!!! Thank you Truman's.
The first part of the video is just a short video we recorded for Bianca while we were away,
This child was so so loved by the nannies and workers at Sele Enat. We are FORVER thankful to these wonderful people and this loving place.
Much Much Love'
Chantelle, Eric, Bianca, Solie Koket

Saturday, May 16, 2009

You are my SUNSHINE!

What a crazy, powerful week in Ethiopia! Wow, did God do some HUGE things in our lives while we were there. I am still in complete awe when I look at little Solie Koket. God has blessed us beyond our own imaginations! I still have no idea how to post about our trip. So so many emotions. I will also say that I am beyond impressed with the in-country staff for IAN. We were blown away by the hearts of the people there. In general...we were blown away. If there are any soon to be traveling parents for ET...I HIGHLY recommend the New Flower Guest House. The owner, Helen, was just awesome and they treated us like family. (I am happy to give more info if you email me privately). I want to tell you all about the realities of this journey, but I am not there yet. I have no idea where to begin.
I am humbled...maybe more than I have ever been before. Until I get to a spot to begin our story, here are some more pics.
Check out who we ran into at the airport! The ultimo hefe, el presidente for the US of A! Thank you President Obama for your well wishes...Solie is doing great! (okay, I know it is not his best photo...He seemed to photograph a little "flat")

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Solie is HOME!!!!!

She is AMAZING and Bianca is the best big sis already! It is so amazing to watch. Solie Koket already thinks her big sis is the coolest thing ever! Just home now about 24 hours and a bit jet lagged, but here is what I know you have ALL been waiting for!!! PICS!

This is one of my favorites...We are with my friend Stacey and little miss Gracie, who was Solie's best bud in the orphanage. They had cribs right beside each other. We LOVE and miss you Trumans!!!

Of course MUCH more to come very soon...Just have to get sorted out a bit over here!
Thank you all for follow2ing our journey to Ethiopia! I will post more about our trip soon...and more pics tomorrow!

Friday, May 1, 2009

We're Leavin'..On a midnight plane to Ethiopia!!

Okay I checked it out and I will TRY to post via email to the blog while we are gone! We are so so so excited! We have people staying at the house while we are gone and the grammies are in full swing with Bianca...First thing tomorrow, we ARE OUTTA HERE!!!! Wow, the CRAZY emotions today.
I just want to THANK GOD for this time. Wow, I cannot believe how blessed our lives are that we get to parent little Solie! I am blown away!
Please pray for our trip...Mainly for Solie,her little heart to be prepared for a momma and daddy. Also for each orphan living without a parent tonight...Wow, that number is astronomical,,,and totally wrong.
We all deserve to be loved and cared for. And EVERY child deserves and home full of love.
I am so thankful for the people in our lives that have walked this path with us again. You have really really been so wonderful to us and we will forever be thankful.
On another note...I really am hoping to get photos of every child at Solie's orphanage while we are there for their parents in the US. I do not want to miss anyone, so please send us some good vibes, so I can be organized enough to make this happen for these anxious parents!
Will write as I know more...see more and experience this whole thing with Eric...I can't wait! I have always wanted to travel to Africa with him...And now it is such a life changing trip for us!