Our trip to Ethiopia is growing closer. We’ve begun to gather donations for AHOPE as well as other people in Ethiopia, making it all more real. I got two packages in the mail today, one was a small computer for the kids at AHOPE and the other was some vitamins for Hanna, an Ethiopian friend who has taken in a number of orphaned girls.
Our Fourth of July was a regular day for Russ who is working hard to complete some projects before we leave for Ethiopia. We spent the evening at a party that was great fun. Russ and I had planned to leave with the little ones once it got dark, but we were having such a good time and the kids were doing so well that we stayed until after the big fireworks show. One of the highlights of the evening was a unique tractor-pulled ferris wheel. I had never seen anything like it! My friend’s neighbor patiently made laps around the neighborhood picking up and dropping off children along the way. You’ve got to love small-ish town life.
Saturday we headed up to Russ’ parents’ place on the river where we ate good food, rested, and played in the cold, cold water. Actually, Russ and I watched the kids play in the cold, cold water while we sat in the sun. Russ also grilled his famous Cornell Chicken, a family favorite from our Ithaca days. One day I’ll post the recipe here.
Thank you to everyone who has purchased an AHOPE t-shirt. We are already adding some additional colors and a woman’s style shirt which you will find in our store along with a brand new shopping cart system that will make purchasing them easier. Rusty is typing his fingers to the bone to try to get our new system launched soon. Until then, you can still order from the original site.
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