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Blogmas is DONE

Blogmas is DONE

Blogmas is DONE

I did it!  I did it!  I did it!  Blogmas is DONE.  Geez.  I am so glad this is over.  Some people go through the end of the month but not me.  I set out a goal to make it to Christmas and I made it.  See.  I can accomplish something!

We had a great Christmas.  It was Charleigh’s first and she just makes everything better.  To think that next year, I will have 2 grandchildren is just too much for my brain to handle.  Charleigh will be almost 2 and Apollo will be 7 months.  My Christmas tree will never be the same!

I am totally all for that!

Food and Fun

My kids seemed to enjoy what they got and they all pitched in to help clean up the mess.  It’s been a while since we have had a stressfree Christmas, so this was nice.  It would have been all better had all my kids been able to be home, but I will take what I can get.  I had 6 here and 1.5 grandchildren.  That makes for a happy Lolli!  We ate good food, made giant messes, assembled many things.

Change of Plans

We had a bit of an alteration of plans.  Normally, we go to my mother-in-laws on Christmas Eve and frost cookies.  Then, on Christmas Day, we go over for lunch.  Due to Co-vid, we were not able to go right now.  So, we had to improvise.

I still made cookies on Christmas Eve.  We did chili that night and I prepped some stuff for brunch on Christmas Day.  Then, my bigs started filtering in and we ate brunch on and off.  It was warm outside, so cornhole was played and Hunter played in the sand and everywhere else.  That night, we did a pork shoulder and went to see the lights at the park.

New Year

I am looking forward to a new year.  On January 6, 2022 we will celebrate Ethiopian Christmas.  January also brings one surgery, lots of basketball, and the beginning of birthday season.  I have lots of thoughts and hopes for the new year, but as always, we will take it as it comes.

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Today, September 11, 2020, is a hard, yet beautiful day.  There is Sadness in America and yet the Celebration of New Year in Ethiopia.  When you are raising a son, from this beautiful country, you want to celebrate their traditions. This helps him understand and honor his culture.  Yet, as an American, this day is extremely difficult.  The difficulty is due to the attacks on our country.

September 11 attacks - Wikipedia

Sadness in America

Four commercial jets were hijacked. American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into Tower One (the north tower) of the WTC at 8:50 AM.  United Airlines Flight 175 then crashed into Tower Two at 9:04 AM.  American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.  United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The fourth jet was to target the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Instead, the plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.  Amazingly, the passengers on the flight fought against the hijackers to regain control of the plane.

The Collapse

Tower Two of the World Trade Center collapsed at about 10:00 AM. At 10:30 AM, Tower One also collapsed.  The attacks resulted in the deaths of 2,977 people.  The victims included 246 passengers and crew on the four planes.  Sadly, 2,606 in New York City, both in the towers and on the ground.  Also, 125 individuals at the Pentagon.  Men, women, and children from more than 90 countries died in these attacks.

Terrorist Death

The 19 terrorist hijackers also died in the attacks. The hijackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia.  Furthermore, several other Arab nations reportedly backed financially.  Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network did this.

In 2004, Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as reasons for the attacks.

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The Celebration of the New Year

As a harbinger of the New Year (Enkutatash), a song called ‘Abebayehosh‘ is performed by groups of Ethiopian girls. You could be at home in your PJs, sipping on some coffee, or maybe taking a stroll.  Then, a group of girls might approach you beating their drums, clapping, and singing the traditional song.

 

Ethiopia celebrates New Year 7 years behind the Gregorian calendar

The Ethiopian Calendar is seven to eight years behind the Gregorian calendar. Interestingly, Ethiopia’s New Year (Enkutatash) means the “gift of jewels”.

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It seems every year, New Year sneaks up on me!  I’m totally unprepared!  So, for this Enkutatash Celebration of 2012, I’m pretty stoked that I have popcorn.  Tomorrow, I have to go to Paducah to horse therapy.  I am hoping and praying that our local Starbucks has some Ethiopian coffee.

Memories

Though Jude does not remember his country, much to my sadness, we do!  Granted, we only spent a little less than 2 weeks there, but the stamp is on our hearts.  I can close my eyes and smell the popcorn cooking at the ceremony!  The smell of the coffee beans roasting!  The coffee…the cane sugar…the sights, and rituals.  I love it!

Our Hopes

We hope and pray for this coming up year to be amazing for these beautiful people.  His mom, brothers, and sisters…still in the country.  You are never far from our hearts and our prayers.  We are doing our best to make sure our boy has a deep love and respect for the traditions of this place.

One Day

We will go back.  I will see my son reunited with his birth family.  The opportunity to hug her neck is something that I desire so deeply.  I can put on my little dress I bought there, wear the scarves my sweet friend Betty gave me before we pulled away.  Maybe, just maybe…a bird will poop on us!  That’s good luck, ya know!

Melkam Addis Amet

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