Our time in Ethiopia – part 1

All our children together in Ethiopia.
All our children together in Ethiopia.

Our time in Ethiopia was truly a ‘God thing’.  When we moved to Kenya we had told ourselves that we would find a time to go to Ethiopia while we live here.  We thought that it would be years from now.  Our two youngest daughters were adopted from Ethiopia.  I had been anxious and concerned about how a visit back at their young ages might affect them.  Then the Kenya immigration issues interrupted our plans and fast forwarded the entire trip.  Before our departure the girls shed tears and expressed their own concerns.  Lots of prayers were said.  They were all answered in (as usual) ways more wonderful than we could have imagined.

First it just felt good to be there.  Ethiopia is such a neat place.  It’s the one modern day country in Eastern Africa that was not colonized by Europeans.  Ethiopia has therefore maintained many of its ancient traditions and unique heritage.  The food, the dance, the clothes, the language, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, all tracing their roots back to a culture mentioned in the Bible.  I’m happy to be able to tell my two girls that this is where they were born.

Hanging out on the roof top of the guest house where we stayed.
Hanging out on the roof top of the guest house where we stayed.
The view from the roof top of the guest house.
The view from the roof top of the guest house.

During our time in Ethiopia we made new friends, met a family in the process of bringing their adopted children home to America, saw traditional dancing, went swimming, volunteered with a group helping at one of the largest slums in Africa, had lots of fun, and ate all that we could.  If you haven’t eaten Ethiopian food you have to give it a try.  More to come…

4 thoughts on “Our time in Ethiopia – part 1

  1. I’m so happy to hear that it was such a positive, rewarding experience & I look forward to hearing more about it. Love the pictures!

  2. Thank you for sharing your experiences there. I’ve been going through and re-reading your blog posts. 🙂

  3. I am finally getting to read your blogs and I am loving them. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking your time to write them. You are such an Awesome!-inspiring writer. I hope to see a book in your future…’To Africa and Back’, 😉

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