“She is soooooo cute. When I came downstairs I met her grandfather (Melese). Totally unexpected. I was able to talk to him for a little while, he was very nice. His daughter (Bogalech) had given birth to Zoey and brought her to his house. She then left and never came back. He does not know who the father is nor where she went. He was very sweet and wanted a picture to take with him.
Zoey is chill, but quite adventurous. She would not stay in one place. She laughed and laughed. I spent a few hours there with Zoey. It was so much fun. I love her. I was not sure how I would feel during all of this. But I feel so much love and joy.”
Zoey means “life” in Greek – looks like we rightly named this little one!
Salam (Zoey’s second middle name) is the name of a nanny who cared for her. We don’t want our children to forget those who took them in and loved them when they were just days old.
Meet 6 month old Elias. Dave had the opportunity to meet his mom today. He emailed me about his experience:
“She was very sweet and very young. She told me she was very happy that her son could go into a home where he would be taken care of. She blessed us. I asked the translator to ask her about his father. But the translator already knew. She had been raped. They did not know who the father was. It was quite a bit of news to get right at that moment. I cried. I am so happy that we can adopt a boy who was the product of rape. And I am so proud of her. She was really happy when she drove away because she knew we would take care of him. What a bold little girl. I asked a few more questions and hugged her. She left.”