Thursday, April 17, 2008

DAY 2-3-4





Things are going well… We have now been able to visit the older kids' orphanage twice and the infant and younger kids' center. We had a coffee ceremony that was very fun to see and the coffee was quite good. Most of the coffee here is about 3 times stronger than “our” coffee and they drink like 3 ounces. We took lots of pics and held many babies. CoffeeMom, we held your boys for an HOUR during the coffee ceremony... He is a cutie (THEY ALL ARE) and is doing well.

J&K are doing well - Kume clearly attaching to Sharon more, while Jambo to me. We went the embassy yesterday and all went well. One Gladney family from NY needs to go back today because some medical info was missing. How about this: AFTER (thankfully) our interview with the embassy, Kume threw up all over her clothes and Sharon's leg… which is pretty much where Kume sits when we are out. We are not eating any traditional Ethiopian food but are going to a dinner tomorrow.

Today we are at the Hilton enjoying the pool. J&K are loving it. Jambo did drink some of the pool water and coughed it up. Not sure if this is 100% new to them or not. I would guess so. Our days are not too busy, thankfully, and we are eating at the house quite a bit more than I expected. Yesterday, while Buttercup was at Ayat house (Awesome btw – more to come when we are at home), Farmboy took Jambo and CJ to get Jambo's haircut and exchange money… Turns out we did it on the BLACK MARKET… are we adventurous or WHAT! Actually our driver went while we stayed at the “barber” - a hole in the wall with 2 nice guys and 2 seats.

IS this funny? Sharon has called Kume “NABOO” more than a few times. Hopefully we can laugh about that now and later. NABOO is our cat.

We are finding internet access hard. Yesterday no power, othertimes so slow our emailing times out. Maybe we will try one more time before we leave… maybe.

Love to all!

16 comments:

emily said...

Love the whole family pics and the updates!! I can't wait to find out all about taking the kids with you to Ethiopia.

kikstra said...

Thanks for sharing- what a beautiful family photo!

Jim and Debbie said...

How wonderful to see your whole family together in Ethiopia! Enjoy your trip!
Blessings,
Debbie

coffeemom said...

OH boy!! LOVE the pics, love the updates and BLESS YOU!! For holding my boy and giving me the "he is doing well" You make this mom's day!!!! Relish this time......we are so happy for you and LOVE following along!!

Thank you!!!

sparkz said...

This is true love, think this happens everyday?...

Thanks for the updates. I was surprised to see them. It's great to hear how your trip is going.

the Steiger's said...

Hmmm we had a great internet at the Hilton a month ago. (in our room) We were able to talk to our families back home via Google and it worked great.
Sounds like you are having a good time.
Lenka

Mindy said...

So glad to hear things are going well! Enjoy your time together in Ethiopia!

Natalie Fournet said...

Love to see your family together! What a day!!!!!

Rebecca said...

Ok...I just tried to comment and it didn't seem to work! In case it doesn't show up...

I love the pictures and your beautiful family!! So glad you all are able to keep us posted while you're there!

The Roberts Family said...

It's wonderful to see you all together!!!! I've thought of you so many times this week .... and prayin' that God would just mold you together as you grow as a family. What an exciting chapter in your lives. Take Care~ Shelly

CHRISTY said...

It's wonderful to read your updates! I can't wait to hear more about the trip. Your family is beautiful!

Ted and Lori said...

Abe had projectile poop while we were at the embassy so there must be something about the place that elicits bodily secretions. Yuck.
Oh, and the "Black market" was shut down while we were there, so we had to go the legit way. Bummer. So glad to get updates from you guys!

atHisrighthand said...

HOw wonderful! What an awesome family photo! Eager to hear more!
elies

John and Lori said...

Your children are beautiful! I can't wait to see more pictures.
Congratulations on finally making it!
We're also adopting from Ethiopia through Gladney!

Lori
simmonsjourney.blogspot.com

Holly said...

WELCOME HOME!!!!! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your time in ET and your homecoming. :)

~Laura~ said...

look at your beautiful, big ole family!!!