Sunday, June 7, 2009

Back in Addis

We just arrived back from Awassa and are sitting at the guesthouse with Shadley, Dan, Esias (what a doll!) and Lindsey from the Bethany Iowa office. We had a wonderful time and saw amazing countryside. I'm half delirious from being in the car for a zillion hours so I'll post the details later. But here's one tidbit:

Shalom Orphanage is amazing, so wonderful. Yesterday, June 6, they celebrated their first anniversary. They waited for us to arrive and we celebrated with cake and a coffee ceremony and the director made a little speech. We were so honored to be part of it, and it was clear they all loved Dawit. I will share some great stories they told us about him later. Here's the really special part: One year ago June 6 when Shalom first opened its doors, our dossier was leaving the U.S. en route to Ethiopia -- the very same day!

9 comments:

Norma said...

Hooray that you're back in Addis and spending time with Shadley and family. What a privilege to be part of the celebration at Shalom! The timing of your dossier's travel to ET on June 6 last year gives me chills. Simply can't wait for the Dawit stories to begin. Rest. Enjoy.

Beth said...

That is amazing that the day they opened was the day you sent your dossier to Ethiopia. I can't wait to hear more and to eventually see pictures!

Holly said...

How very neat! And how wonderful to be able to be there at the guest house with another family... I'm envious of both of you getting to meet each other! :D

Margaret said...

How wonderful Lori! So glad that you were able to share in that special celebration with them and that you were able to hear such wonderful tales about your little man!! Cannot WAIT to see pics of your son!! WOOHOO! :)

Judy said...

What wonderful adventures you are having and how special that you got to celebrate with the people at Shalom on their anniversary day. I know you are enjoying hearing about your little guy from the people who have loved and cared for him before you got there. Can't wait for some photos!

Chris and Michelle said...

That is so awesome to see Gods hand in every detail!! Thanks for sharing with us! So glad all is going so well! Michelle fisher

Eastiopians said...

Awesome! Thanks for keeping us updated! Love, Theresa

Julia said...

Give that baby a kiss for me (if you have one to spare =)

Congratulations, can't wait to see him!

aunt al said...

I love you, Baby Dawit! XOXOXO