Sunday, March 8, 2009

What a Weekend!

We arrived in Addis Ababa on Thursday night about 7:30, and we left for the 12-hour drive to Kamashi at 4am Friday. We stayed at the Kamashi Boys Orphanage where 150 precious young men live. On Saturday, we went to the girls' village and met their father, their grandfather, their aunt (who raised them), and their older brother and sister. We were able to go into the hut where they grew up. It was an amazing experience, and one that will be important to the girls someday. Also on Saturday we found a 10-month-old baby who was abandoned by her mother, and we brought her back to Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Since we arrived in Addis about 4:30pm, and we had to take the little abandoned baby to the transition home, we were able to go ahead and pick up our girls tonight! We have had lots of fun with them already, including bath time. They are very energetic girls who laugh until their bellies hurt. What a change from the first pictures we saw! They were very excited to see socks in their suitcase, and we had to try those on right away. It was a very big deal.

We will try to post more later and maybe some pictures if the internet cooperates, but it is dialup.

12 comments:

Jen said...

Yeah, so happy to hear that you got to learn so much about the girls background and have them already. I was showing their pics in church just this morning.

Proud Aunt

Melissa Houp said...

I believe the reason for so many delays was GOD's way to get the girls prepared for an easier transition. GOD has blessed your family abundantly.

Can't wait to meet your girls.

Melissa

Andy said...

I have been checking the blog faithfully and was thrilled to see today's news. WAHOO!! Hugs to all. Find out how to say, "We are so glad you're here!" so that I can be practicing....Much love-
Katie & Andy & Phoebe (who is looking forward to having two new friends.)

Daniel said...

Hooray from Texas!

Pam said...

I'm so happy to hear that they are with you!!! Congratulations...all the delays..changies...all of that led you right to these two beautiful girls! Can't wait to hear more!!

Kyle said...

Got teary-eyed just thinking about you meeting these girls. God is so good!

Kyle said...

OH... it's Maggie writing... even though it says Kyle. :)

Sarah said...

You're with your girls! That is so thrilling - I about cried just reading this post. So happy for you all - travel home safely!

karebear3e said...

Socks, wow. God is good. We love you guys and frequently say, 'I wonder what Matt, Amy and the girls are doing now?'
Kerry & Tim

kel & jer said...

i can not wait to meet these precious little girls- i told every one today- my sister became a mommy last night!
ps- i always loved getting socks in our easter baskets too!
-kel

Darren, Mandi, Carson and Ava said...

It's Mandi from Independence. I was thrilled to read that you have met your girls! I remember meeting Carson and Ava for the first time and how blessed we felt that GOD brought them to our family. Safe travels home!!!!!!

Matt, Sara, and Lleyton Ritzmann said...

Congrats on getting your girls. We are so happy for you guys. Enjoy your time with them in Ethiopia.
Matt/Sara/Lleyton