Today was a nice change from the last few. We got a late start which
allowed us to sleep in. Maya and Keira continue to be outstanding in the
area of sleep and didn't wake up until almost 8:00AM!
The highlight of the day for us was visiting Kid's Care Orphanage here in
Addis Ababa. This is the orphanage our son Noah came from and where we
spent a lot of time two years ago when we were in Ethiopia. It was amazing
for us to get to return. We took a collage of pictures we made showing
everything from Noah's referral pictures to some current photos from this
summer. Esther, the director, was not there but one of the care-takers that
we remember from before was. She was so excited to see Noah's pictures, she
took them and kissed them several times. It was an emotional time both for
us and the care takers. There seemed to be a lot more kids, especially
older kids, then we remember from before. We kept thinking how Noah could
be one of those kids if we didn't adopt him. It made us very sad and made
us realize how much we miss him. We cannot wait to get home to see him!
Then we went to the Post Office area where there are a bunch of souvenir
shops. We bought a few items and then our wonderful daughter Keira decided
to knock a coffee cup off a shelf and break it. We then found out that it
was part of a 12 piece set that we ended up having to buy. After spending
300 birr on that unexpected purchase (about $25 US dollars) our souvenir
shopping was done. So if we didn't get you something you can thank Keira
:) Oh yeah, Keira also broke a plate last night at dinner by knocking it
off a table. Probably best to not invite us to your house for awhile once
we get back :)
Tonight we went to this traditional Ethiopian restaurant where we had
Ethiopian food and traditional Ethiopian dancing. It was a lot of fun. I
love Ethiopian food so I really enjoyed it. Everyone was a good sport about
it (especially my Mom and Sister) and tried the food... even though I think
many people left hungry. Also I saw my Mom and Shelley shaking and kind of
dancing like I haven't seen before. If I had a better internet connection I
would post the video but it'll have to wait until I get home.
Tomorrow we're off to the embassy and final part of the paperwork needed to
get our visas and leave tomorrow night. We need some major prayer cover for
that... I'll make another post shortly outlining what needs to happen.
Thanks in advance!