Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I called home and talked to my mom, sounds like there could be some severe storms in Michigan and we are praying that our flight is not cancelled or delayed. We just want to get home.
Looking forward to seeing you all at the airport if you decide to come.
Today was a long day. Ephraim is sick. He has a stomach bug of some sorts where he was getting very bad diarrhea and going through 2 diapers and his clothes each time. TJ and I had to send some clothes to get clean so we had something to wear home tomorrow. We talked to our contact and he told us were the pharmacy is to get some Ethiopian style of pedialight. It smells just like lemonade and he loves the taste. He took 4 small bottles of it so far today and he looks a lot better and the color is coming back to his face.
Now you are probably wondering why he has to wear 2 diapers at a time. His legs are too small for size 3 diapers, so we need to wear size 2 diapers, but he is too long for the length of size 2, so needing size 3. It looks rather funny, but it works better than just 1.
We also had our embassy appointment today and got our final approval. We can take Ephraim out of Ethiopia and into the United States after tomorrow. Our flight leaves tomorrow at 10:15 pm and we start the long journey home. We miss Micah a lot and can’t wait to see him on Saturday.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We got to bring home Ephraim today. He is such a content little boy. I picked him out right away from all the children playing in the common room today. He was laying on a mattress, drinking a bottle wearing cute giraffe pajamas. The nanny picked him up and I got so excited that I just ran over and grabbed him from her. TJ was preoccupied by a little girl that just crawled up to him and wanted him to pick her up. It was really cute because she did not want to be put down and always came back to him when somebody else took her from him.
The previous days we were up north. We have been without internet or electricity since Sunday. The north was very nice and was a nice break from the beggars on the streets in the city. Even though the country folk were poorer than those living in the city, they were so content with their life style that they did not beg for food or money. They loved getting their picture taken and viewing themselves on the video camera. The sightseeing in the north is amazing. When we get home, we will post pictures, but the internet is still sketchy today that I don’t know how many I will be able to post.
Well, it is bed time over here, so I will hopefully be able to talk to everybody later. Micah, we miss you very much and can’t wait to be home with you again.
Friday, April 17, 2009
This morning’s wakeup call was a goat. It took me a while to realize what was making that weird sound. At breakfast the neighbor had a goat tied around a tree. Later today, I found out that it is a tradition to slaughter your own goat and cook it up on Easter. So, I will most likely lose my wakeup call after Sunday.
This morning, we just lounged around to try and combat the jet leg. In the afternoon, we confirmed our flight home, exchanged some money into Birr and went shopping. I found new outfits for everybody for Ephraim’s baptism. It was fun to barter with the vendors.
That evening we went to a traditional Ethiopia restaurant for dinner. It started out with a hand washing. Then our food came and we ate. This “plate” was for 5 people. You rip off a piece of the injara and use that to scoop up whatever portion you wanted to try. Everybody ate off the same plate. This plate was all meats, but I shared a plate with our contact since he cannot eat food made from animal products until Sunday because of Easter. Our dish was very spicy bean. It reminded me of a bean dip you would have at a party, it was really good. I really enjoy the Ethiopian cuisine, but TJ still begs to differ on the injara. After dinner they played music and had dancing. The show was amazing. Part way through the show, there was a coffee ceremony. I could do without that as the incense gave me a small headache and TJ got a migraine. After the coffee ceremony, our contact ordered us a drink that was made from honey. It was very potent stuff as I only drank 2 small sips and had to stop.
Today was fun and I learned a lot about Ethiopian culture. I hope that I will be able to continue some of the traditions that I learned today.
Customs and immigration went smoothly as well, just a very long line. Finding our luggage was a trick. They did not post what carrousel our baggage was on, so we had to wander around until we found one of ours. Eventually we found all 8 bags. We took all 8 bags and had them verified with security to make sure we had our own and started the journey to find our contact. We rounded the corner to the airport lobby and there were hundreds of people in the lobby. This weekend is Easter in Ethiopia, so a lot of people are coming home to visit family. We finally got everybody to the hotel around midnight.
Since midnight is around dinner time, our contact took us out for pizza. It was fun ordering the pizza because we thought we were ordering pepperoni, cheese and onion but came out with green peppers, cheese and black olives. The flavor was amazing. I absolutely loved it.
We are now in our hotel and about ready to go down for the night. Sounds like we are going shopping tomorrow. Since it is Good Friday (or Holy Friday as they call it) not much is open and it is more of a day to relax, so our contact is picking us up at 2 to bring us to the market.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Now this baffled my husband and I because we were thinking, what could he get stuck on between our bed and his bedroom. My husband sat up and looked at him saying: "well if you let go of the door jam, you won't be stuck anymore"
Micah said "oh" Let go and ran to our bed to give us our morning hugs and kisses.
He definitely gives us our laughs