There is at least one adoptive family traveling to ET this week and 7 or 8 going next week so I posted a message to our Yahoo group asking them to look for Wendemagegn and Beza. We weren’t sure exactly when they were going to be moved from grandma’s house to the transition home run by our agency. Besides pictures (for their scrapbook) I was hoping someone could get shoe sizes for me. I have a couple different sizes for each packed in our bags and we can always shop there, but it would be easier to do it before we get the kids.
I got an email tonight from Gina saying “Your kids are there. I just left yesterday and have couple of pics of them.” It was so great to get that piece of news. I asked her how the seemed. My mama protectiveness has kicked in. I know that Hope takes FANTASTIC care of the kids but I was worried that they would be overwhelmed going from grandma’s house to someplace with tons of kids 🙂
I got a quick reply saying, “I didn’t get to spend much time with the older kids cause they were in a house across the street. What I can say is I didn’t realize they were new. Which gives me the sense that they were doing ok.” Yeah!
So now I want to get on a plane as fast as I can. It’s going to be so hard to be in ET for 5 days before going to see them but I know that the time we’re spending at Hope for the Hopeless and seeing our kids homeland is going to be priceless.
(For those of you wondering why we can’t do it all together, there is a fairly new regulation in Ethiopia that once you take full custody of your children you are not allowed to go out with them except for to your embassy appointment – and to a doctor if there is a medical emergency. You may have caregivers come in and sit with your children while you go out and sightsee or shop but I can’t imagine doing that so we have chosen to go early to give us time to do these things.)
Once we get the kids on the 22nd we will have all week at the hotel to get to know each other and bond. The place where we are staying has an indoor pool (I’ll be interested to see what the ET version of a pool is), a gameroom, outside area, restaurant and looks really nice from the pictures we’ve seen. We’re taking lots of things to do with them – simple games, puzzles, coloring, bubbles, soccer and jump rope, etc. I’m sure we’ll all have a bit of cabin fever by the end of the week but we will manage 🙂