Honeybee's Ethiopia Travel Update #1

I just got off the phone with Honeybee and Michele. I got a lump in my throat when I heard my girl’s voice; I miss her. Honeybee sounds good. She was happy to see her friend, Jubilee and her other special friend, L., who is being escorted to the US. L. will be leaving Ethiopia tonight.

When they went to AHOPE to meet Jubilee the nannies and other staff were very surprised to see Honeybee and exclaimed over her. She was a little shy because she couldn’t understand their Amharic – which is so sad and difficult to imagine after only 16 months – and I’m sure the nannies were completely baffled by it. Gail, with AAI, did some interpreting and I think it all went well.

I haven’t heard much about Signe’s first meeting with Jubilee, which is the entire purpose of this trip!

The three girls got their hair braided yesterday, and the other two girls were quite tough, but Honeybee didn’t tolerate it too well. Michele told her that there was no turning back…her hair had been unbraided and it had to be done. Honeybee also wasn’t very happy that the power was out, which meant only cold water for hair washing. She has grown accustomed to some American comforts, and I’ll admit, I’m partial to hot water. L.’s hair had been cut short, so they had extensions put in, which I’m sure delighted her. Jubilee and Honeybee opted for matching braided hairstyles. Honeybee requested to have the ends of the braids left loose for a puff, but Michele but the nix on that. Combing out snarls is no fun, so her hair is braided right to the ends.

Today Signe, Jubilee, and L. are at the U.S. Embassy. Michele, Heather, and Honeybee are going shopping. This afternoon there will be a special farewell party at AHOPE for the two girls. I clearly recall how emotional Honeybee’s farewell was. She cried, I cried, the nannies cried…but there were happy moments too. We still laugh about the “bompolinos”, huge doughnuts (I have no idea how to spell it,) Honeybee requested as a special treat for her party.

Friday morning they will travel to Jimma and return Saturday evening, or possibly Sunday. The social worker is going to contact Honeybee’s family today to let them know she is coming.

How I wish I were with them…but I am content and happy that Honeybee is having this amazing experience.

Thanks for following along on Honeybee’s journey to Ethiopia.

~Lisa

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13 Comments

  1. Andrea H.
    January 12, 2010

    Thanks for the update. Happy Honeybee is having fun.

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  2. Lisa H.
    January 12, 2010

    Just reading this post and imagining Honeybee made ME have a lump in my throat, so I can't imagine how YOU must feel….I hope the Lord uses this trip in a special way in your girlie's life!

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  3. Leslie
    January 13, 2010

    How wonderful, Lisa!! I'm so happy for them! Praying for Honeybee, Jubilee, and L, and for you all.

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  4. Cat and Mark
    January 13, 2010

    Oh! So excited for her!!! 🙂

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  5. Anonymous
    January 13, 2010

    Is Signe escorting L. too? If so, what a fun trip for the 3 pals. Sounds like L will be home soon anyway. SPD

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  6. Mamita J
    January 13, 2010

    What amazing memories for Honeybee and her friends!

    Blessings,
    Julie

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  7. Rachel
    January 13, 2010

    Thank you Lisa for the update. I am having a hard time not being emotional for Honeybee and Jubilee. I'm sure the farewell party will be something they all will never forget. Can't wait to hear how the trip to Jimma goes. I have been thinking a lot about HB seeing her family and about Sig seeing Nezs family as well.
    Blessings,
    Rachel

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  8. Heather
    January 13, 2010

    She's not even my child and I wish I was there with her – I can't even imagine how you feel! What a blessing that she is able to go and have this experience. God is good!

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  9. Andrea
    January 13, 2010

    SO excited to read this update. What a trip for Honeybee! ;o)

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  10. darci
    January 13, 2010

    thanks for the update! so wonderful to read. praying for you, mommy. 🙂

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  11. lorismusings
    January 13, 2010

    I have to admit that I am following Honeybee's trip with great interest. We will go back to India this spring to pick up our son and I have been praying about whether or not we should take the girls with us. They have been home for almost two years.

    It is neat to hear how she is doing and how much she is enjoying it. This may be hardest on you!

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  12. Tiffany
    January 13, 2010

    Thanks for posting– I can picture the going away ceremony and I have tears in my eyes. Can you email me later and let me know if L is who I think it is. I'm thinking of you all.

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  13. Thankfulmom
    January 13, 2010

    Tiffany, I don't know how to reach you. Please email me at:
    thankfulmom [at] gmail [dot] com

    Lisa

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