Connie Norman
Connie Norman

Our Biggest Adventure One Year Later


Minutes after meeting Vander for the first time in Addis Abba, Ethiopia. One year ago today my husband Todd and I were in Ethiopia to pick up our son Vander.  It has been our greatest and most fulfilling adventure.  He has brought such joy to our home, and made us a family.  The comment Todd and I hear the most is, “Vander is so lucky to be adopted by you two.”  But really we are  Vander Jan 2010 016 the lucky ones, and everyday he gives us so much love, I am reminded of how absurdly fortunate we are.  Now, that we have become parents it is a gift we share with Vander Jan 2010 003each other, and give unconditionally to our little guy. Vander thank you so much for being in our lives.  We love you, SOOOO MUCH!!!

Vander is quite the talker these days; you would never know English isn’t his first language.   He is the most athletic child; I’ve also had to become a long distance runner to catch him.  He loves to paint, sing, dance and run, run, run. 

So hard to believe that a full year has gone by since I held you in my arms for the very first time!


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6 Responses to “Our Biggest Adventure One Year Later”

  1. jim Says:

    hi connie, vander is a cutie. he looks like he’s gonna break some hearts when he grows up.

  2. Connie Says:

    Hi Jim
    I think you’re right. He is such a flirt already.

  3. Michelle Says:

    Congratulations to you all. It’s obvious how much love there is in your family!

  4. Connie Says:

    Thank you Michelle!! Van had brought so much love to our home.

  5. kris Says:

    He is so adorable and so BIG!!! When did this kid get so big?? Does he have his driver’s license, yet? Shesh… :)

  6. Connie Says:

    I know!!! He is growing like a weed. The next time you see him he will have his driver’s license. Ummmm, well I hope it won’t be that long.