Wednesday, March 10, 2010


We are on the eve of a big first. Bella's first birthday home. Bella Zenash will be 3 tomorrow. Tomorrow is also the first day we saw our sweet girls face. A year ago we got her referral. She has been home for almost 6 months.

Here are some other firsts:
First time she has been sick...double pneumonia.
First time she went on vacation with us as a family of six.3
First time she played in the sand at a beach.
First time she surfed:).
First time she met one of her poppies.
First time she went swimming (and she LOVES it).
First time she slept away from her bed.

There are too many to list. All the more reason to adopt a many firsts even when they come home at 2 1/2. The more time she is home the more we get to know this little girl. She is confident, she is loving, she is pretty easy going, she loves to sing and dance, she loves to swim, she loves to try new things. She is so much a part of who we are that we can't imagine what life would be like if we had not adopted.

I seem to have trouble uploading images... once figure it all out I will post pics. Meanwhile I will post on facebook.


Rahel said...

Great to read a Bella love update! So cute!!!!

emily said...

Happy Birthday sweet Bella. I won't forget as you share it with another pretty special Ethiopian. :)

Can't wait to see you!!

Kristi J said...

oh, she's too that hair :) kj

Deena said...

She looks like she has grown so much since you've been home! What a beauty! I can't wait to experience all of those firsts with our little girl! Hopefully in a few months we will be able to relate. Thanks again for sharing your experiences! Happy Birthday Bella!

coffeemom said...

Happy Happy Happy Bday to Bella and the whole family! What a day. A big cake I'm hoping! I'm celebrating for you guys too!!!! Grinning about you all day! Much love!!! M

Tanya said...

Happy Birthday Bella! What a beauty you are! Your friend Sentayehu (now Gabriel S.) will celebrate his first birthday home on the 13th...just 2 days after yours. He will be 2. Oh what fun toddlers can be!

Sparkz said...

Happy Birthday Bella! I hope you have enjoyed your day!

Sparkz said...

By the way the picture of her in the pool is really good. She is such a pretty girl. All of the pictures are cute but the one of her in the pool is priceless. What a great expression! Does she like the pool with "cold water" too?

Sparkz said...

Sorry, I just thought I would comment like crazy on this one.;)

We are SO close to putting our paper work in again for our next adoption but are thinking about a 2-3 year old. Will you email me what what you have experienced so far, good, wonderful, bad, and ugly. I know you're a good source and would love any info you have.