"Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it...but I'm afraid God might ask me the same question."

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


"America, yes?" I hear this question a lot from Grace. I first realized that she knew how to say America when I showed her a picture of us all that was taken in the airport after we returned from Ethiopia. To my amazement, she looked at the picture and said, "Grace America." Wow! I couldn't believe it. Someone must have told her about going to "America." Perhaps they prepared the kids at the orphanage about their upcoming trips, etc. After a couple of weeks home, we started to hear Grace say, "Mommy America?, Daddy America?, Grace America?" Well, it was all sweet and cute, until now...Grace is asking "America?" each time we get into the van to go somewhere. Clearly, she does not think we have arrived in (or at) "America" yet. When we went to Target the other day, she said "America, yes?"...well, I love Target, but I don't want her to think that it IS America. So, the question is, how do I explain to a three year old that we are IN America? It is tricky. We talk about Ethiopia a lot and we tell her how much we love Ethiopia, we remember the things we did in Ethiopia together, we show her books and pictures, etc. Now, any ideas on how to explain the America thing?
One thing is certain, she is a darn cute Ethiopian American!


  1. She is a darn cute Ethiopian American! Yes, the whole "explaining/comprehending America" thing is complicated. 4th of July was just hilarious. I think you just keep talking about it, and know that a true understanding is a ways away!

  2. Deena- I am finally sitting down and catching up on your blog.... Grace is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! It looks like this journey has been such a blessing for you and your family. I am bursting with joy for you!!


  3. That is a hoot! I bet she will love to read this someday. Adorable! Thanks again for your support at Sami's blog. You are such a sweet family.