Well, it's been a week since our family got home from Ethiopia, complete with Yosef and Mihret at our sides. And I am finally rested enough to be feeling like a regular human again! I was seriously soooooo exhausted! The kids were all so tired and wanted to go to bed for the night by lunch time once we got back to America. All four of the kids, as we were in Ethiopia for over a week and we all pretty much acclimated to Ethiopia's schedule. Of course I couldn't allow this, so I had to endure eight hours of tired, whiny children before I could allow the to go to bed at night. Also, Kaitlyn picked up some sort of intestinal parasite while we were in Ethiopia and was sick. By about 3:00 PM each day, I could find her vomiting in the bathroom! I took her to the doctor this past weekend and she is improving. At the end of this week, the doctor is going to re-evaluate the situation. Did I mention that Kaitlyn was also waking up at all hours of the night because her stomach hurt? Oh yea, Lucas was also suffering from some mystery ailment that caused him to suffer fever and headaches...at least that's what I assumed it meant when he would say, "Mommy, I have a lot of rocks and they are bouncing around in my head!" Whatever that illness was, it cleared up on its own. So, I say all of this to say that I am so glad that I'm not tired anymore!!!!
Perhaps at some point in the very near future, I will post details of our most recent trip. We didn't get scammed by a bunna bet this time, but we did have some incredibly memorable experiences that will probably leave some wondering if we've completely lost our minds. But that's the stuff that memories are made of, right?! :) It was such a wonderful week for our new little family to get acquainted.
For now, just know that I have so appreciated the prayers of so many people on this two year journey. At points, I didn't know what the outcome of this adoption would be. We had to deal with (and I'm afraid will continue to deal with) so much grief from our adoption agency, Americans For African Adoptions (AFAA). That was an experience I wouldn't wish on anybody. And yet, in the end, I would walk this path all over again without hesitation, as it was the road that God laid before us to lead us to our children. They are mine and I would give my very life for them. The one thing that I know more certainly than ever before is that regardless of politics, corruption, paperwork, ethics, etc. God is sovereign. He is the One who has brought my children to me safe and sound at last. There was nothing I could do, but God has accomplished this.
Well, at the moment, everybody is sleeping peacefully in their beds, so I mustn't waste the next 30 minutes...you know....dishes, laundry, clean up from breakfast, contemplate supper, etc. More to come in the near future....