0: Earliest recorded solar eclipse
1789: US Congress begins regular sessions in Federal Hall, NYC Lobbyists only arrive later
1830: Mormon church founded in the United States
1896: First modern Olympic games begin in Athens, Greece
1909: The North Pole reached for the first time, by American Robert Peary
1917: The United States enter World War I
1965: Early Bird, world's first commercial communication satellite, launched
April 6th Birthdays
0: Jesus (according to scholars' estimates, Religious leader) 1483: Raphael, Italian painter 1671: Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French philosopher 1866: Butch Cassidy, American 'Wild West' outlaw 1874: Harry Houdini, Famous escape artist 1928: James Watson, American scientist who discovered DNA structure 1929: Andre Previn, American conductor
April 6th in Church History 1830: The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was officially organized.
1853: The cornerstone of the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated.
1877: The St. George Utah Temple was dedicated (the first temple built in Utah).
1893: The Salt Lake Temple was dedicated by President Wilford Woodruff .
2000: The Palmyra New York Temple was dedicated.
2011: Kofi was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We are proud parents and are so happy that Kofi has made the decision. He worked hard, studied it out, and made the decision for himself.
March 18th/19th is the celebration of our 1st 'Gotcha' Anniversary = the day we all arrived home in the U.S. All of us can hardly believe how fast time has flown.
It has been ONE year since our boys came home. A year ago four of us boarded a planie in Ghana and headed to the U.S. ONE year ago we put a screaming child into his first car seat, the other child realized he had never felt cold be so COLD. Both had their first American meal of W.endy's chicken nuggets and fries at 12:30 am MST. -they were hungry after flying for 17 hours, and being enroute for an exhausting 24 hours.
What a day of nerves, excitement, exhaustion, and a feeling of "Finally - at last."
The last year has been filled with ups and downs, lots of smiles and tears, tantrums and tickles.
Although, we have been a family for only a year, we feel like we have always been together.
At this time, we want to thank everyone who helped us build our family. We could not have made it without your help and support. Thank you for eveything!!!
The following posts are filled with pictures looking back over the year and our most recent shots.
Our first week home we were busy trying to find a routine and adjust to being a family of four.
Kofi LOVED his bed. He didn't have to share a room or a bed anymore.
Sufi was quite discontented. He ended up in our bed for several weeks - he refused to sleep alone. Poor guy - his face sores did not help. Sufi found comfort being on our backs. Especially when food was being prepared.
Kofi loved going to the store and trying on some suits for church.
We love this face. Awww... food = comfort
Sufi loved to cuddle up to mamma. He hated being let go.This is pre-haircut for Kofi.
Sufi was happy to stand in the kitchen - with hope food was coming his way. He also enjoyed watching Kofi get a haircut.
Mid-haircut. We could hardly believe all that was underneath that hair - dirt and yes, a bug.
His hair in a bag for remembrance and a clean looking head. He was happy for the cut.
Kofi's so glad when Pabbi comes home - he jumps into his arms for joy!
While making dinner Sufi steals some food.Sufi after a bath. He loves water and bathing.
Looking at these pictures sure bring back memories - It also helps us to see how far we have come in a year.
There have been moments we weren't sure we could survive. There were moments that brought tears to the boys' eyes and ours. There were moments where we wept wishing things were better and more idyllic. There were times we wondered what we should do.
But there were moments when we knew we couldn't survive without the boys. There were moments where we all laughed until tears came flooding out. There were times when little arms wrapped around our necks and we knew things couldn't get better than at that moment. There were times we knew that we were doing exactly what we should.
We have healthy and happy children who are embracing life and we love embracing life with them.
Thank you to ALL those who have made donations to help us bring Sufi & Kofi Home!!!!
Kaye & Ray Valla Amma & Gummi Afi Sharon Broecker Kristin Schaeffer Annie Berntson & Family Geniel A. Loveless Lois & Tracy Martino Grandpa Martel Pedersen Katie Gale Rakel & Haukur Gudmunds Cathryn & Timothy Stumm Patricia & Steven Andersen Ágústa Langamma Teresa & Chad Graham Cherish Liddiard June & Hank Schaefer Braden Burgon George & Joyce South Mike & Meredith Francom Bergeron Family Jenn Court Rivergrove 1st Ward Marc Gilchrist BYU's MSW Class of 2009 Kate Mills Kay & Kay Long Alanna & Brad Franklin Kathleen Hafen Elizabeth and Brian Rachel & Howard Hoover Diane Jones Ron and Norma Swenson Tamra and Family Laura Johnson Dane & Jacquelyn Jensen Corrine Wells John Turner Rachel Smith An Anonymous Rivergrove 1st Ward Family
and others...who wished to remain anonymous! (You know who you are!)
This blog is dedicated to our sons: Sufi & Kofi. They were living in an orphanage in Ghana before we adopted them. This blog covers the process and obstacles overcome in order to adopt. It now follows the adventures of becoming a synchronized family unit and adventures we share along the way.
God has created so many miracles along the way; we know that more are in store for the family of four!