Zahria (it's transcribed below)
I love you so much. Wow you work hard to take care of me and I thank you so much. You are my blessing mom from God. God give me you and I thank God. Sometime I'm wrong that I say I want a real mom. I can see from you that you are my real mom. I'm lucky that you are my mom. You are the best mom. I love you so much. I love you all the time.
Abe (notice all the baby birds, which = our children)....
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to honor Levi, Z, and Nat's birth mothers this Mother's Day. What could I do to show the kids that I love and honor their first moms?
I ended up buying a dozen red roses and some beautiful poster-board. In the middle, I wrote the Amharic word for "Mother" (Enat). I wrote their moms' names in large, beautiful scripts and then wrote every memory or fact about them that I could remember. I'd take a picture, but for the privacy of the kids, and the fact that Natalie's adoption is not complete, I couldn't post it anyway. Oh well. :) It turned out beautiful. The kids were THRILLED. And they had me add my name in there too (I was so honored), and then they wrote all around my name. They wrote things like, "Wonderful Mom." "Hard worker." "Strongest." "Protective." "Beautiful." "Loves children." "Good braider." "Loves coffee." "Brave."
I don't deserve them. They are so incredible.