Friday, October 29, 2010

London to Addis, Thursday, October 28

Yesterday was a day that we are sure will be deeply engrained in our collective memories for the rest of our lives, and it will be impossible to properly summarize it in a few sentences, but I will give it a try. We left London at 10 pm after a short delay, and arrived at Bole International Airport at 7 am. Putting all of our 11 pieces of luggage,plus our carry on, plus the five of us into two small Hyundai cars was certainly a feat in itself.
After a short cab ride through the city, where we saw people and poverty already like we have never seen before, we arrived at our Tazina guest house, which it turns out was in the middle of nowhere. In relation to shopping or any type of amenities we could use. We hauled all of our luggage inside, had a quick shower, and then were picked up by Solomon to go the Kids link agency first, where we received all of Deborah's vital documents like her passport. We also made the decision here to move from Tazina to the Weygoss guest house, where others we know have stayed. The Weygoss is much more central in town, and walkable to many shops and cafes.
After finishing at the kids link office, it was off to the Transition home where Deborah has been living since May 11. Once again, there are no words to express the moment when we got to meet the gift that God has planned for us since the beginning of time. Deborah is a wonderful, precious, beautiful, awesome etc etc etc little girl, and we had about two hours together with her where she had a little nap and Anna got to feed her a bowl of rice for lunch. Unfortunately, then we had to say goodbye for the day. Deborah, we will meet you again on Friday to bring you home forever!
The rest of the day was filled with moving from the Tazina to our new home, the Weygoss, and settling in. We played some games, then went across the street (an adventure in itself) to the local mall, and then had dinner on Cloud 9, a wonderful rooftop patio on top of the mall.
A wonderful and eventful first day, surely an exciting indicator of our days ahead in this beautiful country.

The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is my stronghold, of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

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