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Ethiopia Day 3 Part 2

Ethiopia Day 3 Part 2

Ethiopia Day 3 Part 2

Here we are Ethiopia Day 3 Part 2 and this is what is going on.

Finally, we turn the corner and head down an alleyway.  People were lying in the rocks, sleeping….malnourished dogs walking up and down.  The road was rough, then we look to the side and see beautiful paintings on the outside of the wall.  We realize that we have arrived… heart is in my throat and I have a hard time containing my emotions.

Screams of Delight

We see these iron doors and then they open….we hear squeals and screams of delight and as I looked out the door…..children are EVERYWHERE!  They are screaming, laughing, jumping up and down….trying to get their hand to touch mine through the window of the van.  I climb out, only to be surrounded by 30 little people clamoring to touch us and to be hugged and held.  Then, I look up, and there he is, Abinet.  My heart is now out of my chest beating a mile a minute. 

There He Is!

I look at Bart and I say……..”there he is, there is our son!”  We walk over and he clearly isn’t feeling well.  We sit on the ground and just stare.  All the busyness just fades away and it is like it is just me, Bart, and Abinet in the world.  I long for my other kids to be here, to savor this moment with me.  I couldn’t speak, I didn’t want to frighten him and grab him and hug him.  So, there we sat.  

Getting to Know Abinet

Soon, he warmed up to us…we were all ready to grab him and jaunt back to the US.  Since that wasn’t an option, we opted on playing soccer with our little man.  Bart played with him for the longest time, while I just sat in aah of God’s glorious provisions and answered prayers.  Then, it was my turn to play.  I’m clearly not a soccer player and my son clearly is LOL.  He doesn’t speak any English, so we are doing great with sign language.  Absolutely, he loved it when I threw the ball and he’d bounce it off his chest or off his head.  Then, he began to get very good at sign language since our communication was not a whole lot to be desired 🙂

Nannies of Greatness

The nannies were amazing and they love the children oh, so much.  They were kind and caring for each child.  They did their best with what they are given.  There are a lot of kids there and there are so many needs.  We fell in love with all of the children there, but Abinet stole our hearts……… did the beautiful country of Ethiopia.

Zebra Grill

When we had to go, we were picked up and then headed to the Zebra Grill.  It was a colorful restaurant with very good food.  They also had toilet paper, which was a huge plus.  The view from the restaurant was gorgeous…you could see so much of the city.  This is where we had our first taste of injera….it was…interesting….a spongy type of bread that had a vinegary taste to it.  I didn’t know you were supposed to dip it in something…I ate it, just by picking on it.  Blech, bad idea.  The funny part was, as we were sitting there, we starting hearing Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, and Shania Twain LOL.  We travel 1/2 way across the world to hear country music played at the Zebra Grill.  

Fighting Traffic and Lack of Toilet Paper

After we left there, we fought traffic to make it to Woudneh’s office. We needed to fill out more paperwork.  His office was in a big building with lots of other small businesses.  It was a busy place.  Woudneh was clearly having an issue with something, so he worked on his business and we worked on paperwork.  One of our fellow peeps discovered that there was no toilet paper in the bathroom…..LOL….I’ll just leave at that.  We also learned that toilet paper is a prized possession and that you brought it with you and took it back with you got down with your business LOL…

Wisdom of Solomon

We met a lovely man, Solomon (a foolish Solomon, not the wise one).  He helped with our paperwork and he informed us that he was creating a life history of our kids, complete with a DVD of where our kiddoes lived.  Wow, fantastic! I’ve got to remember to send him a video…need to do that.  Once we got done with that, we headed back to the Crown.  We all sat in the teapot room and had the best coffee, ever..along with popcorn 🙂  The floor was covered with fragrant grass and the coffee was hand-ground and then heated up over open coals. 

Precious Offer

The young lady was a beauty and very funny.  She informed me that she was married and had been for 13 yrs.  Honestly, she seemed so young to be married for that long.  Also, she has an 8 yr. old child.  We sat, talked, and laughed.  She took me outside to show me the “just grass” that smelled so good.  Then I happened to look up and saw a beautiful yellow flower.  I asked about and she gently looked at me and said “I give you flower if you take my child to America.  You adopt her.”  My heart sank as she looked so hopeful.  I explained that I couldn’t do that….it was so hard…so sad.

We all were tired and so we all headed to bed…………. Day 4 coming soon to a blog near you 🙂

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News from Ethiopia from Brandi!!!

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Sunday night:
We are here….it was a great (long) flight with no delays or layovers.  We met Jude, today and he is absolutely precious….heartwarming….sweet, and HUGE!!!!!!!!!!  He is a stout little man.  We will be able to see him again tomorrow, court is Wednesday and then our flight from Ethiopia leaves at 10:15 pm on Thursday. 
We are in love…so many kids…needing so much love.  This country is beautiful.  The people are amazing…the traffic, not so much.  We have been blessed.  Our current prayer needs are for his health, he is sick; for our children, at home; safe flight; our 171 H to come in, and for us to be back, in-country VERY VERY soon!
He has some green snot and a bad cough…as do most of the children. They were so precious. He LOVED the picture book and got quite irritated when someone would take it from him. He loves loves loves peanut butter crackers.
I would hand him one and he would crack it open and giggle, then he’d pick out the peanut butter so daintily, eat it and then cram the crackers in his mouth. I introduced him to M & Ms and he had *no clue* as to what it was or how to eat it. He quickly figured that out.

I get to spend several hours with him tomorrow, but not sure if we can go back on Thursday. It is my hope. Seriously, I hate having to leave him. Woudneh said that if I were willing to stay for 3 wks, that we’d have things finalized….oh the temptation.  So many stories…so many things seen….amazing experiences……….. I should’ve been Ethiopian 🙂


Today was wonderful. Abinet still seems a bit sick but was much better today. Very very very busy and he LOVES soccer, bubbles, peanut butter crackers, and wahoo (water). We played and played. He has loved his picture book and looks at pictures of you all. We got him to say everyone’s name and he would just giggle when he’d say them. He is precious. It has been funny to take pics of the kids and then have them look at their own faces.

We had one little boy, about 3, named Mibeety (said MyBitty and he is bitty bitty) and when he saw his face, he screamed and squealed and kissed the camera. It was so precious. The nannies, taking care of Abinet are wonderful and the orphanage is very clean. We went to the National Museum of Ethiopia and enjoyed that. We also ate at “Lucy’s” and the food was wonderful!

Courtesy of Samson and Kalab

I have many many pictures and long video, courtesy of Samson 10 and Kalab 8. They were very very sweet and smart boys. They would read a sentence in English and then teach me to say it in Amharic. Tomorrow, at 9:30 am (Ethiopian time) and I believe it is 4:30 your time, is court. Pray for us, the M’s and the V’s on everything running smoothly.

Abinet is still not feeling well, as well as Kalab. Lots of the kids were sick, so sad to see because they just have to get over it, there is no medicine to give them. I’m off to get a coke, some chapstick, and to wash the goo off my face from the wild cab ride back to our hotel. Love to you all. Kids, I read your messages and I adore you. Will be home late Friday night with lots of videos and pictures for Saturday.

So Many Stories

I have had the best time and it is so wonderful how God has orchestrated this all. I have simply fallen in love with all the nannies and the children. Yonas has been very nice, didn’t get to talk to him too much. We’ve had the best time with the V’s and M’s’…so many stories that I pray I can remember. It seems, at night, when I have the chance to write, I’m so overwhelmed and tired. The big boys, Samson and Kalab kept telling me that Meseretu and Abinet are “best friends”.

Abinet was better today, still a very juicy cough and lots of green snot. He TALKED A LOT today and began looking for us saying “mommy? daddy?” He is so darn edible. I got to do lunch with him, put him down for a nap. I can’t wait to come back.

Woudneh the Great

Woudneh has been great. We are going to his house, tomorrow after court and after shopping for dinner, so I get to love on that sweet baby of his 🙂 Oh, I went to the infant room…..12 infants and I loved and kissed each one..they seemed so sick, though. Everyone was. Very sad.

Woudneh has taken us to the Zebra Grill and to Lucy’s. We’ve eaten at the hotel, one night traditional the next night American It’s been good…my mouth is so dry…nothing seems to quench it.

Day 3 and 4 in Ethiopia