I talked with my mom on the phone last night, and felt grateful for the wonders of modern communication! My parents can call home from halfway around the world, in Addis Ababa!
My parents have had a busy trip, so far. Mamma says it has been wonderful. They visited KM, Layla House, Little AHOPE, Big AHOPE, and the Community Outreach Program (AHOPE). Mamma has taken many photos, measured kids, and traced their feet. Today, they left Addis Ababa to travel to Soddo, where they will visit Eby’s grandfather and great-aunt. They have already spent time with Little Man and Dimples’ extended families. Miss B’s grandmother and other family members will come to Addis Ababa when my parents return from Soddo.
Miss B is great! She has been with my parents the whole time. She loved her first bath…and enjoyed lots of bubbles. She swam like a fish. She keeps starting to undo her hair, but Mamma needs it to stay in until they return from Soddo. Apparently, she has quite the stubborn streak, and wants to have tons of sugar in her tea (Mamma said, “She wants half sugar and half tea!”). She loves chocolate, too. She is much tinier than we guessed, about a size six. Her IR3 has already been approved, which means when she lands in Washington, D.C., she will automatically become an American citizen!
A brief update on Y.: her health continued to get worse until a few days ago. The doctors checked her hemoglobin, and found that she was severely anemic. After Y. received blood transfusions, Mamma said she seems like a different girl. Y. felt so much better that she had her farewell party, which my parents attended. Two other big girls shared her party. The children sang and prayed, and everyone started crying–at that point, the nannies brought out the treats! Carolyn hopes to find a flight home soon.
We’re holding together nicely at home. I cornrowed Dimples’ hair by myself. It took much longer than doing it with Mamma, about three hours. The little girls were delighted to watch three hours worth of movies (it takes a lot to make Dimples sit still for that long!). We have received tons of help, from people taking the little kids for an afternoon, to assistance with house cleaning yesterday morning (which was sorely needed, I might add–thank you!). Thank you all for praying, helping, and following along with my family’s journey to bring home Miss B.
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