We are home!! YEHHH! What a wonderful experience that was. It was worth all the months and months of waiting!

Our flight out to Ethiopia was long especially since we have three children(now four) and are not used to sitting for such a long period of time. We took gravol and slept quite a bit. To be honest, I had a bit of a fear of flying and it seemed to get worse instead of better as we got closer to Ethiopia and further away from our children at home. Our children stayed with friends of ours in my home town. I had such a hard time leaving the children and flying so far away.... but it was for the best possible reason. They had a wonderful time but a few tears missing us.

When we arrived in Addis late in the evening on the 28th of Janurary, I could not beleive I was so close to my baby. It was so hard to wait until the next day to see Emmy.

I will never forget the air and the beautiful smells when we stepped out of the airport in Addis. We are home one week and oh, I will miss that beautiful breeze. It was just so overwhelming to finally be there. We met Mesfin and Ketima who were so helpful in taking our luggage and helping us out. What awsome guys. They took us to our guesthouse and we were taken back by how beautiful it was. We had a nice room with an attatched bathroom and a small kitchen. The only problem we had with the room was that the bed bugs loved me way to much. I lost count at 25 bites. But wow! The service and staff were fantastic.

Bill and I both woke at 3:00am the first night and could'nt fall back asleep. The time change really affected us. We read and talked until about 7:00 and eagerly waited for the sun to come up so that we could see Addis. WOW!!! I will never forget the beautiful view as the sun came up from our guest house window. I will try to continue posting more soon....


    I have shivers as I read your post..because it brings back all those memories of stepping out of the airport, and waking up in Addis...its amazing there isn't it!!!
    I am sooo glad that everyone is home safe and sound...can't wait to hear more!!!

    yeah your posting again!!
    that's a good sign :)
    i can't wait to hear more too!!

    I have been checking and checking for updates and was SOOO happy to see a new post !

    I also can't wait to hear more and to see pictures of course ! And here about the meeting of your children with Emmy as well when you arrived !!!

    Oh the joys.. brings back lots of memories from our journey as well !

    Thanks for taking the time to share !


    I am so happy for you guys! Congratulations and can't wait to see some updated family pictures!


    I found your blog accidently. Weird cause I have been wondering how your trip went!!!
    And while you were in Ethiopia thinking that by now Berhanesh would have her package that you were so generous to take to Ethiopia for us!!!

    I too remember that feeling of stepping out of the Addis airport - the breeze, the smell of the air and the longing for that once I was back home.


    Welcome Home! Ethiopia does have that hold on you..when you step off the plane and smell that air! Can't wait to hear more about your experiences!