Appearances: 2014: November 20 – 6th Annual African Children’s Choir Changemakers Gala
A couple weeks ago was the first ever World Adoption Day and I meant to post on social media a picture of myself with a smiley face drawn on my hand as the organizers of the day had requested. But on the actual day, you see, I was busy with my son, Eyob, who is adopted from Ethiopia, so I didn’t get around to posting. I posted a day late, which seems to be the story of my life since I’ve been a mother. But it got me thinking a lot about adoption on that day so…mission accomplished!
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The process for my adoption was difficult. It took about 3 years from starting the paperwork to bringing Eyob home. And in the course of that time, Ethiopia went from adopting 50 children a day to 5. So there were stretches where I wasn’t sure the adoption would go through at all. Since then it has become even more difficult to adopt from there and around the world, which is enraging because that trend in no way reflects a change in the number of orphans; there are still millions of children living without parents.
My son, Eyob, however, and thankfully, is not one of them. He is in fact an incredibly well-adjusted, vivacious, outgoing, articulate 3 year old with a mother who dotes on him and a family surrounding him that makes him feel like a king most of the time. He is smallish for his age, which I often attribute to his early months in an orphanage, though it could in fact just be his heredity. He is sharp as a tack, has a laugh that is so engaging that his school friends do whatever they can to amuse him so they can hear it, and he is a force for joy.
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Weeks before the real CMA Awards aired on ABC, the cast of that network’s musical drama, Nashville, was playing out all the onstage and behind-the-scenes drama of a fictional version of the CMAs on their Music City soundstages. Rolling Stone Country was there for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the episode directed by Eric Close, who also plays Teddy Conrad on the series. The cast and crew, along with guest artists Trisha Yearwood, the Band Perry and Joe Nichols, did their best to lend some authenticity to the episode, right down to a spectacular version of the awards-show stage. Decked out in their best awards-show finery, the cast, special guests and some 1,130 extras who played CMA Awards audience members, spent several days capturing all the glitz, glamour, and, of course, drama of the CMAs. Tune in to see who wins, who loses, and what it means for the characters going forward, especially for country super-couple Ruke: Rayna, with her six nominations, and Luke with five. This special episode of Nashville airs Wednesday, November 19, at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
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My thanks to Jay for some of the photos.
Appearances: 2014: November 6 – 48 Annual CMA Awards
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