As we've been home from our awesome trip for 2 weeks now, I figure I should update the blog. Get ready for a lot of pictures and a few words. Maybe the words will come later but for now, here is a small glimpse of our trip meeting our little bird Wren Hidase Ann. She's about 18 months and just a punkin.
Pete feeding his daughter a bottle.
Love that profile. Yummy.
If you bring toys to your daughter in a 3rd world country, don't bring bowl toys. Very confusing.
One of the views from our room at our guest house. It was a lovely home and my husband quickly charmed the staff and we look forward to seeing them again when we travel back to pick up Miss Wren! When will that be? Good question. We're hoping for sometime in September but as we know in the adoption world, nothing is a guarantee.
Pete made some friends across the street through the universal language of soccer.
She had us convinced she couldn't walk until a specific toy across the room caught her attention. Not only can she walk, she can run. She's pretty wobbly but she gets the job done.
We traveled 280 kilometers south of Addis to Awassa where Hidase/Wren was born and lived until 4 days before we go to Addis. After we cleared the congestion and traffic of Addis, we saw Africa as I had always imagined. This picture makes me think of the Lion King. Cliche, I know.
Just a random monkey on the side of the road.
Just a random monkey trying to steal some fries. There was a guy walking around with a sling shot shooing them away.
As I thought about how it all made God feel I was comforted that He was sad and sorry that this happened to our precious girl. I am thankful she is out and as I think about the enormous responsibility of raising this broken girl, I am comforted by what my friend Stephanie told me before I left. All I have to do right now is love and hug and kiss this baby girl and tuck her in at night. That doesn't scare me. And I am reminded it isn't my job to heal her or make her whole. Jesus is here for that and I get to witness it.
So as I get ready to go visit her this afternoon I am not anxious or worried as I was this morning. I get to love her where she's at and trust God to meet us all there."
Showing some of the staff pictures of Hidase/Wren.
Our driver Eshetu making Peter laugh. This was a common occurrence and he is someone we are so excited to see when we travel back.
Just a monkey in a park. We also saw a hippo's eyes come out of the lake while we were at the lake. I have just been telling people we have seen a hippo and leave out the part it was just his eyes.
These kids loved having their pictures taken.
Wren was hesitant to open up to Peter but she knew we wanted her to go to him. This was a rare occurrence and she made it into a game. She would get close to him and turn around and walk away. Tricky little girl.
Gotcha! Can't wait to go back and scoop this girl up!