Two months ago we said yes to being Elvie's family in front of a judge in Addis Ababa, and shortly thereafter we carried her out of the care center. She was remarkable, even so sick, and that first night I saw her first smile as I changed her diaper in the dark. It was the beginning of the revelation of her happiness. Whatever water has passed under the bridges of our quest to get her home and healthy, the fact remains that she has always been a delight. Even when she was suffering more than we knew. It is inexplicable, really. She is extraordinary.
I don't think I've ever worked harder than I have these two months. I have never been so sleep deprived, that much is certain. But oh, I can't complain, not really. Because look at her. Would you not do everything for her?