We have so many emotions going through us and are asking the Lord for peace as we leave a part of us in Africa to return home.... although home doesn't feel quite right as of now. The internet connection we had was good at times and sketchy at other times... and we never quite had the words or time to update this blog. So, we'll try to find time this coming week as we get back into the swing of work and our everyday schedules to fill you in on how the week went.
Until then, we'll post the pictures that we can (we aren't allowed to post his face or his name until after we have our Embassy appt) and ask you to pray for:
-peace in our hearts during the last phase of waiting
-for little A... he's been through a lot and is clearly overwhelmed and scared
-for the caregivers to be able to explain to him what is occurring and for him to be able to understand (as much as you can at 20 months of age)
-for the embassy to process our paperwork and issue his visa quickly
-for us to be able to learn more Amharic so he is able to understand us more when we return
-wisdom during our time back in Ethiopia for the 2nd trip... specifically in regards to A's transition
-for us to be effective in sharing Christ with anyone we come in contact with as we return to Ethiopia soon.
As you can see, little A was struggling while we were in Ethiopia, as to be expected. He is very attached to his caregivers, which is a great thing and shows that he is able to bond/attach. We know and trust that the Lord can heal all wounds and continue to grow our hearts together!
Thanks friends... you've all been such an encouragement.
Now, for what you're ACTUALLY here for! :)
All the donations and luggage! So fun to bless them with the great items all of you donated!
Getting to O'Hare!
1st leg: US to Amsterdam
Last leg: Khartoum to Addis Ababa
Arriving in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!
Just got out of the van-seeing A any minute!
First look at little A.... SO sweet!
emotions FLOODING over us!
thought maybe peek-a-boo would do the trick! :)
sweet boy sleeping in my arms!
LOTS. O. SMOOCHES!
fell asleep in my arms for the first time!
holding daddy's hand! melt.my.heart.
Gotta get to bed... more to come soon!