Mekonen's 1st Gotcha Day!

August 21, 2009 was the first time we met Mekonen face to face in Ethiopia! We have chosen this day to celebrate his "Gotcha Day" (or Adoption Day). Wow! Has it really been one year already since I met this darling little boy in Ethiopia? I can't believe it. Wow! He sure has grown. We sure have grown. What an amazing year it has been!
Mekonen dressed in his traditional Ethiopian outfit to celebrate his special day! 

We celebrated Mekonen's day by going to an Ethiopian restaurant for dinner. It was so yummy! Mekonen chowed down the injera bread. Everyone who had their first try at Ethiopian food said they really liked it!
(Ignore my very awkward facial expression. Ha!)
After dinner we went back to our friends house for cake, some presents by our extremely thoughtful friends, and a very special video.

Mekonen enjoying his Gotchda Day cake with Daddy. Definitely had to take the shirt off for that one.
I made a video lifebook of Mekonen's adoption story to show at his party. It was 25 minutes long. TV usually does not hold Mekonen's attention but he sat there staring at the screen the entire time, completely mesmerized!
Mekonen watching his video with Mommy.
All three of us watching the video.
Our friends the Urrutia's came to celebrate with us. Their little girl Macie was at the orphanage the same time as Mekonen!
We're blessed to have so many people who care a lot about us and our little family... and all those who weren't able to make it. We love you!
Our family of three... started one year ago!
And.... that sweet babe.


Julie said...

Oh, happy day! Can't even wrap my brain around the idea of a year going by...it's been one wild ride! Hugs to Meko!!

theresglitterinmycoffee said...

Fantastic! Mekonen is getting so tall! He looks more boy than baby these days! Such a handsome guy!

Theresa said...

What a beautiful family! I am new to your blog and have enjoyed reading it so far.

My ideas for activities are finger paint and craft activities. We always have fun with those at our house.

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