Friday, April 23, 2010

Day 113 - A flashback to Ethiopia & Foster Care...

We brought Julianne home last June. We enjoyed our time in Ethiopia and we took lots of pictures while we were there. Those great pictures have sit on my hard drive since we got home...until today!!! I finally decided make myself take the time to upload the pictures AND order them. Of course after almost a year, I couldn't wait for the normal processing time and opted for one hour :o) Haha! I think the photo tech was pretty surprised to get such a large order for one hour service.
I picked up my order this afternoon and I am happy to say our Ethiopia pictures are finally organized in a photo album...yea!!

As I looked through the pictures, so many memories of our trip came rushing back. Meeting Julianne for the first time. Meeting her uncle. Meeting the incredible children living in the government orphanages. Meeting the hard working women that hauled wood down the large, winding mountain. Watching children carry water jugs to their homes. Touring the town. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. Here are a few of my favorite pictures...

After traveling for two days, we were so happy to finally be in the birth country of our daughter. One of the first people we met in Addis Ababa was Becky, our driver. Our trip wouldn't have been the same without him. You know to think about it, he was the first Ethiopian person I ever met...
Snuggling with my baby...moments after meeting her for the first time.
This guy lives at the older boys orphanage. I will never forget him walking up to me and saying (in VERY good English), "I am so sorry about Michael Jackson." We met him the day MJ died. I know that it is really tragic that MJ died, but it makes me smile every time I think about it.
We met this little girl at the children's orphanage. I have thought about her almost everyday since we got home. I wish she was part of our family.
This guy was hauling wood to one of the building in their complex. Someone recently donated a few books to the boys and he was boarding up the windows on the building where they kept their new books. They were concerned (and probably rightfully so) someone would try to steal their new books. Wow. Just think about that for a few minutes.
This is the kitchen where the older boy's meals are cooked...
It was amazing to watch people in Ethiopia worship the same God we worship.
I saw A LOT of very young children hauling heavy water jugs. My heart hurts so bad for each and every one them.
It is so easy to forget that the running water in our house is a luxury that many in the world do not have.
This lady...
...hauls wood down this steep winding mountain road everyday...
It sure makes me think twice about the chores I don't enjoy doing everyday. I am so lucky.
These guys (and their female partners) were the best dancers!
I don't think I would ever tire of watching them perform.

My baby's clothes were hung to dry on this line...
I still cannot wrap my mind around the fact that my daughter lived in this wood box for six months of her life...

I will forever be amazed at how well she accepted us from the moment we met her. It was truly a fairy tale meeting. I would also LOVE to know what happened to that pink bow...haha!

One last favorite picture...
This guy steals parts off of parked cars and the owners of those car come to his "shop" and buy back their parts...haha! See all of the car parts to the right of him? Our driver said he has bought back his side mirror several times...haha!

We received some potentially REALLY, REALLY good news in Jonah's case today. Please pray for his future and that his case continues to move in this new direction :o)


Tricia said...

Thanks for the recap on your trip to bring Julianne home. I enjoyed it all over again. So so very happy and thankful for the positive news about Jonah's case.

The Garners said...

You took some very moving photos on your trip--I loved looking at some of them again. I'd love to see the whole album!

I'm praying for sweet Jonah's case!

Laura said...

Amy,I loved your blog today! It is so moving to see those pictures and the struggles that those people face daily for the basics of life. I think the children carrying the water and the kitchen moved me the most. How truly blessed we are!

Heather M. said...

LOVE all of your pictures from Ethiopia! reminded me I have over 100 pics sitting at MotoPhoto from the first 4 months of project 365! Need to pick them up!

It's so sad to see poverty & struggle. That your little girl survived in a little 'box' for a bed for 6 months...that girls no older than our boys spend their days hauling water. We are so blessed in the USA. More people should travel to 3rd world countries...they would be more giving for sure!

LOVE that Jonah's case has good news!!!! It must be a little easier to let go when they're heading to a loving place :)