Sweet Alethia,

It was the highlight of my week to hear your voice the other day. You were having dinner at the babies’ home when I called. You didn’t say much, but just hearing your sweet voice answer my simple questions and imagining your tender smile on the other side of the phone was enough to make it as memorable a day as any.

It sounds like you’re adjusting well to life back at the orphanage. Rebecca told me that you had a couple of tough days of temper tantrums last week, but overall you are doing well. You are eating well. You are sleeping well. And you are playing well with your friends. Hearing those kinds of things makes it a little easier on your mommy and me. It softens the blow.

Yesterday your mommy and I spent much of the day working on more paperwork in preparation for our case to go under review at the USCIS office in Nairobi. Woops … sorry. That means nothing to you. Basically, just know that we are working really hard to bring you home. We are talking with an amazing new friend here in our country who is helping us bring you home. She is coaching us on what to expect in Nairobi and how we can be best prepared. Just know that we are working as hard as we can to bring you home.

We can’t wait to have you here with us. Today, while we were having family time in the living room, Micaiah meticulously laid down a blanket and a pillow on the floor and said, “Shabeeya, night-night.” He was making a place for you to lay down and join us. Mommy is getting the house ready too. Her nesting is in full swing and there is no stopping her! 🙂

We love you, sweet girl. We’ll see you very soon.

Your loving dad