Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The day we met our year later

On March 6, 2011 at around 8:00 a.m. Ethiopian time, Garth and I arrived in Addis Ababa and knew that our lives were going to be forever changed that day. It was the day we would FINALLY get to meet our boys in person and get to hug and kiss them for the first time. That day after getting through Immigration, we got a ride to Yebsabi Guest House. I really wanted to just go to the transition home, but we would have to wait until after lunch (insert big sigh here). So, that morning we spent at Yebsabi unpacking and trying to calm our nerves. I had so many questions running through my head: Will they like us? Will they cry or be happy to see us? How is bonding going to go? Will the recgnize us from the pictures we sent them? Am I going to be a good mom? What if they really don't like us? (to name a few). After a few hours at Yebsabi, we went to pick up some of the group from church and then went to eat. I really don't remember a lot about that meal...I just wanted to leave and see our boys. FINALLY we left. I can remember the drive and when we got on the very bumpy alley-type road that would lead us to the gates that I had seen in so many pictures...the gates that had the America World sign outside of them. When I saw that sign, I'm pretty sure my heart rate doubled, my palms got sweaty, and my brain went into overdrive with questions. I was nervous, excited, scared, relieved to finally be there, anxious, happy for us, sad for their birth family, and many other emotions that I couldn't identify. If you have adopted before, you know what I'm talking about. There were, I think, 3 families who were meeting their kids that day. I think we were in the middle of the pack. The boys had been napping and it was obvious when they come out. Enjoy the video that someone took of our meeting (turn off music at bottom of page first).

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! Brought tears to my eyes! I just finished finally blogging about our trip to meet our girls last year, and it was so wonderful to reminisce! Blessings! =)


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Today I kissed an angel. I knew it from the start. The first time my angel smiled at me; I gave away my heart.

Today I kissed an angel; This angel child of mine. Though not of my creation, My child by God's design.

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