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Sleeping Tight, His Presence at Night

Having had said our goodbyes to Saturday morning sleep-ins a long time ago (as soon as our first child arrived to be exact), it wasn't a surprise to us that when bringing our new son home from an orphanage in Ethiopia, that sleep schedules and bedtime routines would be changing.

The jet lag from traveling over 18 hours of flight time and layovers lasted nearly one week for Todd and I, but our new son Tarik quickly adjusted to day time and night times.  Ethiopia time is opposite of the time in the Eastern USA.  For example, it is currently 8:46 p.m. on a Thursday here in the states and it is 4:46 a.m. in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on a Friday morning.

The first night we had Tarik out of the orphanage he fell asleep in my arms, lying in bed, while he drank his "too-toe" (that means bottle in Amharic language), his bottle of formula.  That was easy! It was peaceful and I was utterly grateful to have him in my arms at last. About an hour later Tarik woke up in a frantic and in…

The Other Side Part 9: We're Coming Home!

Thanks for visiting our blog about our journey to adopt our son from Ethiopia!  It's been a long process and we are finally blessed to share the stories from the other side of the earth, in beautiful Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Catch up on previous post to this series by clicking Part 1 and Part 2 Meeting Our Son and Part 3 Warming Up and Part 4 Company and Culture, and Part 5 Seeing Growth. Don't miss Part 6 Taking Custody! And Part 7 here and Part 8: Sight Seeing and Play

The day has come when all signs are a go and we are ready to make the trip home and introduce Tarik to the rest of his family!  A beautiful journey full of prayer, grace, and absolute miracles is taking us to the next step - being home.

The Guest House staff have a good-bye coffee ceremony when each family leaves.  We were the last family here and the only ones left because of the court closures and rainy season break.



 One of the staff braiding our daughter's hair.  I wish I could braid like that!

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The Other Side Part 8: Sight Seeing and Play

Thanks for visiting our blog about our journey to adopt our son from Ethiopia!  It's been a long process and we are finally blessed to share the stories from the other side of the earth, in beautiful Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Catch up on previous post to this series by clicking Part 1 and Part 2 Meeting Our Son and Part 3 Warming Up and Part 4 Company and Culture, and Part 5 Seeing Growth. Don't miss Part 6 Taking Custody! And Part 7 here

Sleep Tight His Presence at Night - our first night together with Tarik is a post explaining the emotions of our first night with Tarik in our custody.  It was a joyful night to finally have him in our arms, but a difficult night of new emotions, new sounds and faces for little Tarik.

Sight Seeing:

Over our trip to Ethiopia we were blessed to visit a few places in the city.  Just a walk through the city was eye-opening and beautiful.  Below is more of a picture walk of the places we saw and spending time with our friends who graciously showed …