Wednesday, October 03, 2007

What a year can make

This photo of Maren was taken in September of 2006 when he had been home in Colorado about 3 months.
This photo was taken of Maren about a year later. He has lost his two front teeth so I was taking pictures and then tonight I looked at the picture (taken about a month ago) and remembered this older "matching" picture (above).
I am amazed when I see pictures of him while he was still in Ethiopia or when he first came home. One thing I notice now but did not back then is how his body was somewhat out of proportion. His tiny legs and arms in comparison to his head and chest. It makes sense when you realize the deprivation he suffered. He remembers only eating potatoes and popcorn with his Uncle (Or grandpa or dad- who knows who the man was who cared for him before coming to CWA's care center in Sodo). But look at how he has grown. According to CWA records he is now just 4. But we are calling him 5 1/2 and we think he is closer to 7. But he fits very well in kindergarten, both with size and development. And Lord knows when he is nearly 40 he will be happy to be a younger age than he might really be! he really likes being 5! Note the length of his legs one year ago are about the length of just his calves now. The pants he was wearing a year ago - his 2 year old brother is now wearing!


Anonymous said...

Its just unbelievable! My goodness! And Im sure they all grew during their few months in the childrens home, too bad we cant see the intake photos, I bet we'd be shocked!
Michael is SO handsome, dont let him forget about my Hannah! :)

Be Inspired Always said...

He looks like he is doing well. I'm awe-inspired by people who take in children and make their own. It's beautiful. I have the heart to open my home to a child and I have the room... the next step is pushing the fear away.


Renee said...

That is amazing!!! He is so beautiful!!!

Thank you for sharing :o)


Anonymous said...

Wow. I remember meeting him when he was still so little and SO SMART. The difference between those two pictures is amazing.


Raskell Party of 8 said...

Our little Caleb is the same. He wore a 3T and is now a 7. I think he is at about 16 inches taller. I still see him as this little guy but he is so big! We say he is "6" but I think more 7/8. He has grown so much since July! Crazy! I miss you.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Really amazing! What a terrific couple of pictures for comparison. I was floored by how big he looked in the photo you posted a while back of him and Yabsera sitting on the couch together watching TV!

Travis said...

Sorry to have to leave a comment here like this. I was going to email you but I can't find anything on the site about how to reach you. Feel free to delete it after you've responded to me.

Anyway, I linked to your blog from my own, one I just started with my wife, chronicling our own Ethiopian adoption experience.

The site is
and we would greatly appreciate a reciprocal link.



the Isaacs said...

Holy cow! Jaso grew 5 inches this year and i thought that was huge!