ONE YEAR LATER
(Grace & Addie)
In the time since then, some great changes have taken place. They have both learned to read and speak English amazingly well. And they have learned how to swim and ride bikes as well --- things they had never done until they came here. The incredible thing is how smart (Amharic - gobäz) they both are! They are excellent readers (Grace is already reading at or above grade level). They love school (we homeschool), and have a deep desire to learn, whatever the subject.
We enjoy watching them run and play soccer --- they are both very capable athletes. They are extremely hard workers and diligent in all that is asked of them. They both love God and going to church, where they can see their older sisters and best friends Allie & Ellie --- "the twins". Amy and I agree; if God had let us handpick our daughters ourselves, we could not have done nearly so good a job.
And lest I leave out my wife other children, let me say just a little bit about them as well. Truthfully, I am blessed to have such GREAT FAMILY. Malachi is 14, and into soccer, grappling / MMA, and lifting weights. I think he has gained about 20 lbs of solid muscle since the Spring --- and he seems to think that he can take me now. He can't walk past me without trying out one of his new moves. Michaela is a beautiful girl with a servants heart. She rides her bike a couple blocks to check on an elderly Filipino widow almost daily and takes care of a baby on a semi-regular basis. She is extremely helpful around the house and is turning into quite the little cook. Both kids are good students.
Amy holds it all together. She loves using her skills and training (a masters degree) to do the majority of the homeschooling (I only do math, science, and history). She loves the Lord and has worked part-time as a Christian-based counselor for almost a decade and a half. It's so cool when people come up to me and tell me that Amy saved their marriage. She is definitely a gifted woman.