So, I think it’s time for some details. No heart-warming stories. Just some thoughts on what’s keeping us going, and what’s wearing us down.
I’ll do it backwards, just so we can end on good news.
- Our kids have no inhibitions, even in Ethiopia.
- We are living in a hotel.
- Disciplining in public, and we are ALWAYS in public. See above.
- No kitchen = no cooking. Sound good? I would think so too, but that means our suppers for last two weeks have been fried fish, pasta, or Ethiopia food.
- It’s loud here. Animals, cars, people talking. As if we didn’t bring enough noise with us.
- We get stared at EVERYWHERE we go. But we are learning to laugh at it. Today a little kid looked up at me and yelled, “Firenge!” I responded by pointing at him and yelling, “Habesha!” That got some laughs.
- We have no car. Fortunately a lot of things are within walking distance, but without a mode of transportation, we lack the independence we’re used to.
- Two words: Laundry. Service.
- Kally Steward. I would have started walking home weeks ago if it weren’t for her. She helps so much with the kids, which keeps me from losing my mind.
- It’s gorgeous here. Amazing plants, birds, etc. It’s like living in paradise.
- The weather has been wonderful the last week or so. Cool in the mornings and evenings, warm during the day. Always a slight breeze. Ahhhhh! Going home to the humid South will be a rude awakening.
- I feel like I’m picking up a lot of good Amharic phrases. I’m hoping to work on it more when I get home.
- Double Macchiattos. I will weep over these on the day that we leave. Right now I am averaging three a day.
- Cokes with REAL sugar. No high fructose corn syrup in these babies.
- The cafeteria food. I’m not kidding. The public school system in the U.S. should be recruiting Peggy to come plan their menus. So yummy and healthy.
- Our friends here. There should be another category for them, but we are absolutely in love with the people here. Especially the folks who work for Misgana and Lifesong. There are no better people on earth. They have been so kind and welcoming to us and our kids. We have so loved getting to know them better.
- THE. KIDS. The best kids in Ethiopia are at the Lifesong schools. The are absolutely precious. I could hug and kiss them all day long. Our kids have made great friends with the kids at Samuel’s Home, and the kids who live here at the hotel. It’s so fun to watch them play together.
- Reintroducing our kids to Ethiopia has been so fun. I hope it’s something they remember always.
I really believe that our main struggles have to do with our temporary living situation. And honestly, even the bad isn’t that bad. We’re very blessed here.