One Year Video

OK, so we’re a few days late. And the video ended up being almost 20 minutes long. And it’s over 100 Mb.

So, if you don’t make it through, we understand. And if you’re on a slow connection, all apologies. But here it is. The past year in a nutshell. And, at the beginning and end, some back-story, making it 3+ years in 18+ minutes. Not bad.

Hope you enjoy.
P.S. It’s Canaan, I know. It’s 2:26 AM, and I do not want to export this thing yet again. Maybe tomorrow.
UPDATE: A few subtitles added to explain a few photos. Canaan now spelled properly. ;)
Thanks to all our viewers out there. Your kind words are much appreciated.


  1. Addy
    Mar 20, 2010


  2. Pete juvinall
    Mar 20, 2010

    Love it! :)

  3. joanna
    Mar 20, 2010

    that was so beautiful. i cried at least 3 times. praise the Lord for all He has done!

  4. Angela Stewart
    Mar 20, 2010

    Your precious family makes me rejoice in our great God, who created us all in His own image. So many lovely photos, filled with memories of such a great year. Has it only been a year? Hard to believe. :)

  5. Dan Cruver
    Mar 20, 2010

    Beautiful story of pain, joy and redemption. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Katy
    Mar 20, 2010

    Beautiful, j&h. all the Lord has done & is doing…few words to describe how great.

  7. J
    Mar 21, 2010

    Thank you all for your kind words.

    Jo, I cried about non-stop trying to make the crazy thing. :)

    Working on an update now… fixed and added a few things.


  8. Debi
    Mar 22, 2010

    Amazing video and music. I forgot how little h was when you brought her home.
    Etsegenet will never br forgotten and will always be in our hearts.
    Thank-you for sharing this amazing journey of faith with us.
    Love and hugs and prayers,

  9. Andrea
    Mar 22, 2010

    Beautiful, touching, and so well done! Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of Ethiopia, your children, and your family. God Bless!


  10. William Anderson
    Mar 22, 2010

    Indeed, Soli Deo gloria.

    We have two Ethiopian sons and this truly resonated with me. Thank you for this wonderful contribution, and may the Lord bless you and your family.

  11. William Anderson
    Mar 24, 2010

    Here is the post I made on my own blog about this video:

  12. Kelley B
    Apr 19, 2010

    Truly, great things HE hath done! Congratulations on this very special one-year anniversary.

    I remember meeting you for the first time, Hilary, there in Addy’s kitchen, and talking about your hopes of Ethopeia. Wow — look at the five of you now!

    I know I’m about a month late in seeing this … had to check in with you after seeing the kids Saturday and being shocked at how big they are. :) Thanks so much for sharing all these memories!

  13. Liza
    May 18, 2010

    Loved your video!

  14. Penelope
    May 27, 2010

    You all have had such joys and such sorrows over the past two years. Thank you for sharing. The homecoming was my favorite. I cried seeing you all together for the first time! How sweet. Alexandra was shaking her rainstick along with the music.

    J is all boy! He reminds me of Josiah in that way. Swords are a staple in this house. H is such a precious little girl. I am so happy for you all. Sending love and hugs to you from the Carpenters.


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