Monday, December 19, 2011

Ethiopia - Day 1

It’s hard to believe, but we finally made it…court date trip!! After 13 hours, we landed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We had no trouble getting through customs – not one bag was checked, so we made it through with all of our donations for the Care Center. After dropping off our bags at our hotel, we headed to the Care Center to meet our kiddos. Since it was Saturday, none of the English speaking staff were there. It was such an awkward introduction! The staff obviously knew we were coming though because when we got out of the van, one staff member scooted our kids out one door into the courtyard area and another staff member scooted the other family’s little girl out. Julie and I just stood there whispering to each other … “is that them?” All 3 kiddos (hers and ours) looked a bit different than our pictures. N and A are both much smaller than they looked in their photos. Little A is as light as a feather. They had only arrived at the Care Center the day before we got there. They flew on an airplane from Gambella to Addis Ababa. The past few days have been a whirlwind of transitions for them – changing orphanages on one day and then having 4 white strangers show up to visit you the next day. Little A was exhausted and spent much of her time just laying her head on our shoulders and snuggling. We spent time blowing bubbles, kicking around the soccer ball and watching N write. He was so proud to write his ABC’s and numbers to 100. He also wrote 3 words (apple, ball, and spell). He was beaming while showing off his skills!
I definitely had not planned on anxiety taking a strong hold on my body – never had that lovely problem before, and my nerves were in overdrive. It took me 2 days to get myself calmed down enough to eat without feeling like I was going to be sick with every bite. I guess that’s a good diet plan…or not!

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