We went to our first Ethiopian celebration on Saturday. We went to Enkutatash in Boston. One of the families we were hoping to see, could not make it but we ran into other families that we knew and another PAP that I have become friendly with. It was great to experience the food and a part of the culture. The Ethiopian people who were there were so gracious and welcoming. The are a beautiful people, and I do not mean simply in the physical sense. We felt honored to be accepted into the group. The kids tried Ethiopian food for the first time. Initially, they were expecting it to be really spicy and they actually found it pretty mild. Seeing the young children there, made us yearn for our child/ren. Soon. Patience. Check out the stars of the party. Eliza and her friend Justine think they are wonderful. I have to agree. Also, very rarely do you see a mom so comfortable in her role. She is amazing, too.
In the Bible Study class that I am taking we are studying 1 Kings and 2 Kings. I love history. King Solomon is the first king that we are studying. He apparently was a great king. There is a strong connection between Queen of Sheba and King Solomon (I love this connection to Ethiopia). The only thing King Solomon asked God for was a "discerning heart" with which to rule his people. So I look up discerning...to show good judgement. Have you heard of the story in the bible about the two mothers fighting over the baby, each demanding that the baby was theirs. I had, but did not know the names of the characters. King Solomon was the king that said that he would cut the baby in half so that the mothers could share the baby. The true mother replied that the other mother was the correct mother to save the infant. King Solomon then knew who the true mother was. (Please forgive the paraphrasing.)
Given where we are in our life, this study has given me so much guidance. I, too have asked for a discerning heart so that we can make a sound decision on the age, gender, medical issues, number of children, etc that we will be adopting. I want to do what is right for the family that I have and the family that we are to become. I also love the story of the two mothers. In adoption, there are two mothers. It is a reminder of the awesome responsibility we will have to our new child and the mother that is left with her arms empty. I will need to be mindful of how we honor her, and keep her dreams for this child ever present.
Blogging experience. One of the families that walked into the event on Saturday looked so familiar. I could not place them. Why did I know them? It took me a moment and then...I realized that I had been following their blog. She was lovely. It is fun to meet in person, though. Check her blog out.