Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Mommy/Annie Hair Cuts

LOCKS of LOVE HERE WE COME!!!  It took a year and a half for Mom and 2 and a half years for Annie.  The result 10 inches and 12 inches on their way to the kids.

Monday, June 15, 2015

School Comes to a Close

That's it, that's all for 5th and 8th grades...Friday is the last day of school in Fairfax County.  It has been one of our most challenging years yet-which is quite impressive if you've been close to us the past few years. Never did I think my special boy would be thriving as much as he is.  And never did I think my dependable oldest child who had unlimited potential would be in the fight of her life, and I would feel as if I was losing her.  But every once in a while you get notes like these and it gives you something every Mother needs...HOPE.
(On Patrol) Eman is doing a great job-he takes the job very seriously and it is impressive to see the changes he has made.  You should be very proud, both Annie and Eman are wonderful athletes but more importantly, wonderful individuals.  As always, it’s a work in progress AND it truly does take a village!  Have a great summer.  Kathy Roche-PE teacher
  Eman seemed to sort of grab the reins all by himself this year. I think it became important to him to be a "good kid" - and he succeeded. He's a great guy. I'm sure you're very proud of what he's accomplished this year.-Mr. K. Eman's Mentor
 Eman really became a pleasure to work with by the end of the year, so  thanks for your support at home.  Annie is so sweet and I enjoy her in my class as well!-Ms. Fortenberry, Art teacher
I was JUST going to write you this morning about how great EMAN HAS DONE this year! Today, he was coming out of the office and I was going in…and he held the door open for me! I was shocked because the kids don’t typically do that so I sort of looked, stunned, at him and he gestured me right in! I said thanks and he was such a great young man and just said “sure!” like it was no big deal…but it was a huge deal to me! Wow. He is doing fabulous. I am happy to be at his meetings, and also even though middle school is a year away, if you ever want me to go with you to an IEP meeting or anything PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask. I am happy to do that for your family.-Roxanne Salata Principal
Annie and Eman At Mid-Evil Days
Annie loves her soccer team and improves immensely
2015-The Year Eman makes Safety Patrol
Abegail gets strong support from her team

Monday, May 4, 2015

Eman Makes the Safety Patrol!!

Eman worked very hard for this goal!  Today was his first day of training!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Rest In Peace Alexander

No more suffering, no more hunger...We will remember you always Alexander.  The hole and loss is unimaginable.  Thank you for my children.

Friday, July 18, 2014


We are I'm Oklahoma for a reunion of kids who were in the orphanage the same time As A&E. This year there are 25 of us, 5 families, 13 Liberians, 4 siblings, 7 mothers, and 1 Grandma.
Oh yea they are still all unbelievable athletes

Saturday, July 12, 2014

We're Home

 Great to be back with all my kiddos. And each flight was on time!

Leaving Liberia

Sad good byes at the airport but a good trip. Really felt like we saw a lot of Liberia and got to know their families.  I think Abegail's Dad is a great father who would do anything for his children. They are all impressive.  Before we left her Mom and Dad took her aside telling her she has the opportunity every child in Liberia would love to have, work hard, make the most of it, and listen to your mother!  Not sure if anything will change but I did appreciate the feeling we were a team all invested in her outcome.
Moms saying goodbye
As you can see everyone wore their finest.  Little Abegail is wearing a dress Annie wore in a dance recital. 
Here we are the fearless four with our driver Fallah.  At this point I'm just hoping our trip home is not a repeat of 7 years ago. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

A visit to the AFAA House

We spent our last morning here visiting the orphanage where both Martu and Abegail spent more than a year
This time it was them taking pictures and showing the children. 
This is where they had school. Both girls thought the conditions were much worse than they remember. 
Of the 15 children here at least5 are special needs
The girls room where they slept

Thursday, July 10, 2014


During our trip here Kate and I both noticed a seemingly shy 12 year old girl. She is Martu's niece. She was extremely obidient but seemed to be a shell of a girl just now heading into 2nd grade. We all agreed we wanted her to stay with us on our last night. It was the first time she saw the ocean, ate a French fry, pizza or hamburger (which she did not like).  She went swimming for the first time and took her first hot shower. She came alive. She loved taking and looking at pictures and at dinner said "I will miss you so much when you go". Here's her day.

Last full day with families...

Taking lots of final pictures. Alex jr. And Aaron. 
Abegail's niece Abegail.  New outfit courtesy Target. Abegail got a special gift card to spend before she came. 
Matching with sister Glori
I eat like Eman
Alice took these girls in. Their mother died. 
We brought Alexander new glasses. 
Alice and her girls. Belinda and Esther 

Learning to use the computer Abegail brought them. 
We are the mothers
The whole clan