January 08, 2012

On this Sunday

When I don't have a pile of school to do, Sundays are my favorite.  Today was one of those days - almost perfect, full of smiles and laughter, and busyness in a good way.  I love days like this.  It was one of those times when I remember - since it seems like I always need reminding - that my family is one of the most important things in the world.
The day started out with Ethiopian church, which might not have been a good thing because now I want to learn Amharic even more.  In all seriousness, I love Ethiopians.  They radiate love and kindness, and their love for Christ is so evident and encouraging.  Today was no different, and as the pastor introduced and prayed for our family, I had tears in my eyes.
Afterwards, we went to a restaurant for the first time all together.  We actually survived, despite the stares and turned heads.
Though the English barrier has been hard to break down, slowly, piece by piece, it is beginning to fall.  Today we made so much headway.  We were able to have a real conversation with the boys, which was filled with laughter.
His first accident in America.  He ran into a pole and had to get two stitches.  
When we came home, almost all of us did a little work outside.  There's something about yard work that makes me feel so connected to my family.
This photo describes me right now, I think.  So many possibilities lie ahead - ones that include my parents and siblings, and ones that don't.  My last two and a half years of highschool and what I will do after, have been in the forefront of my thoughts lately.  There's a future out there for me, and as of now, it feels real instead of like some far-off dream.  I've been posting over at Sealed for Redemption about some of these things, if you want to read more about them.

Have a lovely Monday, dear followers!


  1. love the pictures, as always, and loved your words! I can especially relate to: "There's a future out there for me, and as of now, it feels real instead of like some far-off dream." I've been thinking about my future a lot lately too, and its weird to think of how quickly it's all coming!

  2. haha. arial quadruplets. (me, you, hannah, carlotta.) so much better than sans serif.
    also, i'm in love with the last photo.

  3. *i mean serif. not good to leave comments when tired. ;)

  4. oh, this is so amazing Olivia, the last picture is pintrest worthy! It took my breath away, and totally expressed my feelings. we got to feed a bunch of Ethiopian kiddos today, and it was the sweetest thing ever, then they came up and gave us all hugs, and one even gave me a kiss... *smile*

  5. i love this! sounds like an amazing day.

  6. I love these pictures!! esp. the last one!!

  7. That is exciting that you were able to have a full conversation! I know what stares are like (I have eight siblings), but I bet you got even more. :)

  8. gorgeous. they are so beautiful. :))
    -jocee <3

  9. that's so encouraging!! i love these photos, too, Olivia! :)

  10. I loved this post. <3 Beautiful pictures.

    Your new siblings don't speak English yet? That must be really tough; But, telling by the picture, they look so happy. God is so good. (:

  11. oh, my that last shot is BREATHTAKING. you look like you have wings, and your face is turned to flatter your profile perfectly. how did you manage that??


  12. Love the last picture!!!! The backlighting is amazing!

  13. lovely post and pictures.(:


  14. Olivia, this is such a beautiful post!