Well, we're back. What a trip. I am very tired. I didn't sleep more than 2 hours at a time. Our hotel was very nice, but a large rooster lived right behind the hotel. He was very dedicated to his job and began crowing long before the sun was even a thought in the sky. Sometimes he crowed every 45 seconds without fail all day. One day there was an hours long dogfight right outside. Fortunately(?) I was under the weather that night and wasn't sleeping anyway.
Biruk and Hanna are so much fun. They have a go-for-it spirit that has made their transition so far smooth. They were happy to stay in the hotel with us from Sunday on. We spent hours at Hannah's Hope every day, but left for meals and bed. They were sad to leave their friends and vise versa, but most of the kids know that they have family coming soon. Each would point proudly to their chests and say what state they were going to live in. Twin girls to New York, another child to Texas, Michigan, they were proud to be all over the map. The younger kids would run to me with arms out stretched and say, "Auntie, Auntie." It was only natural to pick them up and enjoy kisses and hugs. It was much more difficult to put them down. Not only did they really not want to be put down, I didn't want to let them go.
There is such hope and joy amidst the waiting and wanting. With so little available, there was still so much to share. Hugs, laughs, a flatish soccer ball, gum out of Dad's backpack, it was amazing to see so little go so far.
In the coming days, this blog is going to have a guest writer. Scott is eager to share some of his thoughts and feelings about our trip and about adoption and God's will. I don't know much about what he wants to write, but I do know when he couldn't sleep he would light a candle ( so the kids wouldn't wake up) and write in a journal. It should be interesting to see what he has to say.
I will be sharing pictures and video in the upcoming days, but I am still rather sleep deprived and a bit dizzy. I am going to grab a quick nap.
TTFN- ta ta for now!