Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Language Study

Awhile back I ordered a book called Amharic for Adoptive Families.  It's a great little book with common phrases needed to speak Amharic, the official Ethiopian language, to small children adopted from Ethiopia.  Today it arrived in the mail.  It looks like this:  

The phrases are set up as flash cards to practice.  Here's a sample of the inside.  Pretty cute.

It also comes with a handy little cd to help hear and practice the phrases.  We were excited to try out the cd and get started.  But our experience with the cd went a little something like this:

Pop cd into player
Big smiles all around
Phrases start to play
Big Smiles fade
Wes: "We're screwed"
Nancy: "No joke"

Amharic is hard, friends!  So we decided Jena has the best shot at learning this stuff, so we are now trying to expose her to as much as she will tolerate.  :)   I do think the book will come in handy, and we're giving it our best shot.  

I put together the monstrosity known as a double stroller tonight.  I actually got it weeks ago thanks to a donation from my sweet friend Nikki to use as a trade in, but just got around to taking it out of the box tonight.  I started with this:

Taylor was skeptical that I could complete this in a timely manner.

But he stuck with me...

And we got it done in under 20 minutes.  Jena took it for a few laps around the house.  We're all pretty pumped about putting our stroller monstrosity to use!


  1. I was just thinking the other day that I wanted to start learning some Amharic. I'll have to look into that book. I just bought some African music CD's this weekend while I was in Denver. I was jamming out to it on the way home and praying for Ethiopia-your boys included!

  2. So excited for you guys now that you've gone public!! Praying for your little one as well!