I am a wife to an amazing man who has been my best friend for 18 years. We have been married almost 14 years. We have a wonderful daughter who is a true joy to our lives. W have 2 daughters. One from my belly one from Ethiopia.
Here we are off from Frankfurt to Addis. Getting excited to say the least.
Our first look at African soil from the airplane window. It was stunning.
A section of the Nile
A bad picture I know, but we've touched down on Ethiopian soil!! Our tiredness has turned into excitement
These are our drivers, Mesfin on the left, and Ketema on the right. I will talk more about them in a bunch of my posts I'm sure. They are like brothers to us. Amazing, amazing men.
Our flight from Frankfurt to Addis was good. It seemed to pass really quickly. I think because we were so excited to be on our last leg of the trip, one step closer to seeing Nevaeh. The flight was not full at all, so we each had our own seat row. Was nice to stretch out. Dad was great about pointing out landmarks. Just after we sat down in our seats, a lady leaned over to us and said "I'm not meaning to eavesdrop, but are you guys adopting from Ethiopia?" I of course answered yes. "Us too, we are adopting a little girl named Nyah." Get out...Nevaeh and Nyah! So once the flight took off we introduced ourselves, well Dixie and myself, he hubby was out cold! He was all nestled in with his eye mask on, and not into introductions! (sorry Jim, just couldn't help it!!) Anyhow, Dixie and I got to know each others journey and quite hit it off. She came over and sat with me for a bit when we first could see African soil, and we chatted more. She told me that her hubby was a baker. I didn't ask more right then, but a bit later I asked if he owned his own bake shop. Dixie looked at me pretty weird and said, "no, Why?" to which I replied, "Oh I just thought if he was a baker, he might own his own shop, Adam's grandpa was a baker and ......(blah blah, I babbled on about that for a bit...) "No, no, he's a Banker!" (okay, probably not funny to you, but hey, this is a log of our trip, and that was memorable!)
They were a joy to meet. We shared about our families back home that we were missing and found out we were both fellow believers. This bonded us again more intensely as we talked about our faith in God and how He had a hand in our adoptions. It turned out that they also were going to be on our returning flight, so that was so cool.
Once we landed in Addis we got our visa's and said our farewells to Jim and Dixie. We had a moment and had Dad pray for us all, and we parted ways, excited to reunite on our return.
We went from the airport to the Weygoss Inn where we were staying, and unloaded our luggage and checked in. The receptionist proceeded to tell us we were only booked in for one night.....What? She then said she felt bad that this had happened to us, so we could stay in the lobby, which had a couch and it is also the eating room, but we would have to be out by 6am every morning because people would be showing up for breakfast....ummmmmm, WHAT??
Those of you who know Adam know that he doesn't like to raise a fuss, but he turned around and had a look of.....what do we do now. He said, "are you sure you have no other rooms, or know of any other hotels we could stay at. Our agency should have booked this for us."
At that point the receptionist started to smile. We were confused at why she found this funny. I mean, sleeping in the lobby with a new baby, and she thought it was funny? I then looked at Ketema, and he was laughing hysterically. Mesfin was doubled over laughing. She then told us that Mesfin had told her to tell us this, and she had nothing to do with the idea! It was a good introduction as to how goofy Mesfin (and Ketema) really are! Mesfin came over and put his arm around Adam's shoulder and just laughed and said he wished we could have seen our faces. Mefin, how much we miss you friend! Your humor and laugh are something we will never forget.
After getting our luggage up to our room, we went out for pizza(which was so good) and retired early, as we knew the next day was the day we had been waiting for.......for a long time, and we wanted to be rested.