|We still can't post pictures because we haven't passed court yet... but here are some cute brotherly hands :)|
We went to Addis and met our boy. He's wonderful. I cannot describe the feeling of meeting a child you have loved and prayed for for so long. I can still feel how it feels to hold him in my arms. We got to visit with him three times and we went to court. We didn't pass court since we don't have our MOWA letter - there was no surprise there. But we are praying SO HARD that we'll pass before court closes the first week of August.
We really enjoyed Addis Ababa, we LOVED the food (Riley LOVES Ethiopian food), and loved getting to know the people. We stayed at Oziopia, a guest house. The family that runs it is amazing. We LOVED getting to know them, their sweet dog Lezzie, and their kitties. Riley really felt at home there.
Gondar was a tough trip. The city itself is beautiful and we had some great experiences there. Unfortunately, we got a little taken advantage of by the guy who was supposed to be our driver. And we both hate conflict, so it made for a tough weekend. But we were only there for a day, so it wasn't so bad.
I promise to write more. Those of you who are friends with us on facebook know that our trip home was a little difficult... so we've only been home for about 30 hours so far! Less hours than it took for us to get home, actually! ugh. ha ha. I'm still a little jet-lagged and have about 7 million pounds of laundry still to do!
Overall, I want to say THANK YOU to all of you who have supported us along this journey. I know there are so many of you who are praying for us, who donated humanitarian aid, who donated to our Both Hands project, who kept Allyn or loved on Allyn at church while we were gone, my amazing friends who listen to me when I need to complain or cry or celebrate. They say it takes a village to raise a child. In our case, it's taking a village to bring a child home to a family.
Thank you for being part of our village. We love you!