Here are Yosef and Biniam sitting watching Baby Einstein together. (Though they aren't sitting for long, as you can see in the next picture. They are always trying to push the buttons on the TV! I think in the bottom picture Biniam is praying that Yosef won't get a time out!)
Anna LOVES cuddling with her brothers. And they like it too!
All of that to say, it is so neat getting to see the joy that the kids take in being with each other. I don't know what Anna would do without Yosef and Biniam. She wants to see them right when she wakes up, wants to tuck them in at night, and loves playing with them. I don't know what Yosef would do without Anna--he adores her, is always trailing after her, wanting to play with her. Biniam and Anna love to sit and laugh together--they get going and end up laughing hysterically. And Yosef and Biniam share a sweet background and have been there for each other since birth.
I have to admit I worried, before we went to Ethiopia, what it would be like for Anna to have two new brothers. Going from being the only child to having two brothers only eight months younger than you seemed like a big deal. I even felt a little guilty. But what a blessing these kids are to each other! It's fun getting to know Anna not only as a daughter, but in the role of sister.
It's crazy to think about all of the things society tells us are important. Having a lot of stuff, being able to do exactly what you want when you want, taking fancy vacations every year, etc. I find myself buying into that line of thinking sometimes. But then I look at these pictures of my kids and think, man, THIS is what life's about. I don't see us taking many trips to Hawaii, but hopefully we will be able to continue financing more Ethiopian adoptions. It takes me forever to get anywhere because I've got three toddlers to get out the door, but the way they all instantly clap, kick their feet, and squeal with delight when the Tracy Chapman song "Revolution" comes on in the car easily becomes the highlight of my day. I love our crazy life and the fact that our kids have each other!