Monday, April 30, 2012

Saying Goodbye

I am going to miss Ethiopia and all of these sweet people. Airport homecoming coming soon. I need to get all the pics from my sis.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa is the town our sweet girl is from. We flew there the day before we left and I am really glad we decided to go see it before heading home. We took a little blue three-wheeled motorized taxi around the city to see some sights. The first thing we did was go to the hospital where Zaidee was born. It was heartbreaking. Walking in my stomach just dropped. The conditions were terrible and filthy. People were everywhere crying out for care. It was like walking through a movie. To add to it, the city of Dire Dawa is extremely hot because it is much lower elevation than Addis. It is hard to describe just how sad the conditions were, and unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take pics. I had thought that Addis was pretty impoverished, but Dire Dawa was even worse.

We also got to go to the orphanage where Zaidee was first cared for. The workers there were so sweet and took great care of us. We spent the afternoon seeing the orphanage, playing and singing songs with all the cute kids there, and holding and kissing all the sweet babies. Before we left, the workers prepared a huge meal for us. Rolls, injera, popcorn, cookies, 3 types of meat, beets and potatoes, lentils, rice, coffee, coke, and a barley drink. It was great!

Overall it was a great experience to see the place where little Zaidee's life began. I am glad I will be able to tell her all about it when she is older.
 This is the baby room at the orphanage where Zaidee first lived.
 This is a fermented barley drink that I was served a few times. It reminds me of my grandmas homemade root beer. And below are some not very sweet cookies.
 Here are the sweet nannies that cared for Zaidee first.
 The market, in the afternoon everyone lays around and chews khat a few people asked us to join them ;)


Our airport homecoming to come soon!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

airport homecoming update

We are flying home right now! We will be in at 7:25pm at terminal one, flying in from phoenix. You on Southwest.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ethiopia- day 27!

Today was my last full day at the transitional home, tomorrow we are heading to Dire Dawa to see where Miss Zaidee was born. I might not be able to update again til we are home!! Here are some pics from the day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ethiopia- day 26! Nazret

Bye Marty and Shelly, I'll miss you!

Painting Crew

Shelly, the mastermind.
Connie and I painted the stages of plant development.

Today we spent the day painting murals at West Sands new school in Nazret. It was so fun to see all the kiddos and to brighten up there playground. My eyes are winky so I'd better go to bed :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Embassy! Ethiopia day 25!

Driving to Embassy (they don't have car seats here)

Today was Embassy, Wahoo! And today is our GOTCHA DAY! Yipee! We will be home Saturday at around 8:30pm. EVERYONE is welcome to our airport homecoming :)! I am so excited for you all to meet Miss Zaidee! I will let you know the flight number and terminal we are coming into. Sorry for the lack of pictures today the internet is super slow and I'm exhausted. We are waking up really early tomorrow to paint murals at a new school in Nazret. More to come then xoxo