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Jetlagged but Joyful!

Posted by Cassie Borgman on April 10, 2013

DSCN0205After a 27 hour trip to get home from Ethiopia on Friday, I am just now feeling back to normal.  At least I don’t feel like a zombie anymore!  I figured it was time to update our blog and let you know what happened on our first trip to see Amente and Soresa.

We had an amazing 4 days in Ethiopia. We saw Amente and Soresa as soon as our van pulled into the transition house.  There were hugs, tears, and lots of hand gestures.  They totally understood that we were there to make them a part of our family forever.  We went inside with them to show them their photo books that I had made.  A good friend of ours had her Ethiopian son write under the pictures in Amharic what the pictures were.  It was so fun to see their eyes light up at the pictures.  They especially wanted to spend time looking at their brothers and their bedroom.  They practiced saying their brother’s names over and over again.  It was so cute hearing Trenton, Garrett, and Titus in their sweet accent.

It was during this time that we gave the boys some things to open from us.  Their brothers had picked out some cars, legos, and puzzles for them.  They said thank you each time they opened something and then, out of the blue, Soresa looked at us and asked if we knew Jesus.  I just stared at him for a second not sure if I had heard right.  He asked again and Brian and I said, “Yes!”.  He then folded his hands like he was praying and said, “Thank you!”.  Of course, we returned the question to them and they said, “Yes, know Jesus.”   Brian and I had talked many nights about how we will talk about our Christian faith to boys who can’t speak English.  How great is God that he would have them clear up that very important question and right away.

We spent most of the week in our room playing games, putting together puzzles, and letting them play on our i-pad (they are in for a rude awaking when they come home to screentime boundaries!).  They really liked having us all to themselves but we did get them to go outside to play soccer and basketball, too.

What I was most impressed with is the way Amente took care of the little ones.  He was constantly running off to help out a nanny with a baby or making sure a toddler was ok.  He and Soresa had the sweetest 3 year old twins in their room.  Amente made sure that they were put to bed every night and they listened to him as if he were the authority.  I never saw him get frustrated or angry with them or any of the other children.  He was always so soothing and calm with the little ones.  I can’t wait for him to love on Titus!  Brian and I decided that Trenton and Garrett may get a little lazy with Amente around to help out!  Soresa seemed more reserved but I think that once he can communicate with us easier we may see a different side to him.  He is very competitive.  I think he will give his big brothers a run for their money on the soccer field and basketball court!

We went to court on Wednesday to make them a part of the Borgman family forever.  Court had changed a little in the year since we had been there.  The judge sat behind an intimidating bench and asked 3 times the amount of questions that she asked when we came for Titus.  We lived through it though and came back to the transition house to 2 boys who were beaming with excitement!  Brian and I had been wearing survival bracelets all week that they had been admiring.  We gave them their own bracelets and showed them a video of Trenton and Garrett showing theirs off.  We were now a family!  I can’t wait to see if they still have those bracelets on when we go to pick them up again in a few months.DSCN0177

The next day we packed and played with the boys.  Our plane was leaving that night to come back home without them.  It was an awkward day as we waited to leave.  It is hard to describe the feelings I had as I thought about leaving these boys behind.  The best word I have been able to come up with is “unnatural”.  It is not natural to leave your sons in care of others for months on end especially when you are just starting to feel comfortable with one another.  However, it was much easier, emotionally, for me to leave them than it was to leave Titus.  They have friends to play with all day.  They have a routine to look forward to and new families to play with each week.  Titus was just laying on his back in his crib when I left him and that is the only picture of him that played in my mind over and over again as we waited to get back to take him home.  Of course, the waiting is only going to get harder. (It’s only been a week!)

Now that we are home, Trenton and Garrett are getting geared up to go back with us.  With that anticipation comes the realization that they need to beef up their fundraising for their plane tickets.  So far they have been selling the eggs from our 11 hens with great success but they needed another idea to get them to their goal of $3,500. While we were in Ethiopia we bought handmade Ethiopian necklaces to give as gifts.  Once I got back to the transition house with them I thought that they would make a great fundraiser for the boys.  I wear mine all the time and have given many as gifts over the past year.

The boys will be selling the necklaces for donations.  We would be happy to ship them to you or deliver them to your door. I am unsure of how much shipping will cost at this time but I can look into it if that is convenient for you.  Please call or e-mail me with your order,  (502) 222-9503 or  Thanks for considering helping the boys travel to meet their brothers in Ethiopia.  They are looking forward to going to Ethiopia to bond with them there before having to share them with everyone else back home in Kentucky!DSCN0227


DSCN0248As always, we would ask for your prayers.  Please pray for a quick trip back to Ethiopia, for peace in Amente and Soresa as they wait for us to return and for our patience as we long to see them again.  We love having you on this journey with us!


3 Responses to “Jetlagged but Joyful!”

  1. Tears have filled my eyes! This is absolutely beautiful! I will be praying for you all until your family is all together, under one roof. How much are the necklaces?

    • Cassie Borgman said

      Thanks so much for the encouragement! We are just asking for donations for the necklaces so whatever you would want to spend would be a blessing to our boys!

  2. Tim Meiners said

    Great blog, would love to help, cash and some more chickens from our hardware store if you can handle them. We want to take our 3 girls back to Ukraine to visit next summer. May The Lord Bless you guys big time and about when do you go back?

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