Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ethiopia Trip Journal Day 6 - The Whole Reason We're Here

Today was a big day and in my memory it goes down as two or three days. Our time in Ethiopia thus far has been amazing.  But today - today, is the reason for it all.

Mr T and I have spent a decent amount of time trying to prepare Renny and Zoom for what it will be like in the orphanage. I'm glad we did, because as soon as we walked in, the kids attacked them with hugs and kisses, hair braids and pat-downs. They had MB in another room, the photographer wanting to make a grand gesture of him being led into us. As he walked down the stairs, he looked so scared. We were sitting on the floor and they led him to my lap. I put my hand on his chest and his little heart was beating so hard and so fast, I tought it might bust out of his chest. I told myself then and there that if I ever lacked compassion during the days and struggles that are sure to come, I will think back to this moment and surely any mercy, patience and compassion that was lacking would be renewed.

It was a long, big day. The kids bonded instantly with MB, and Renny soaked up the attention and authority she seemed to warrant in this place. She played games with the younger girls and handed out stickers. They all fought (quite literally - there were punches involved) over who would hold her hand or who she would pick up next. She was in heaven.  Zoom, my most outgoing child, was right at home, playing games and making friends.  I am so proud of both my kids and how they handled themselves this day.

After lunch, we headed back to the care center for MB's farewell ceremony. There were songs, games and goodbyes. I had assumed MB would be sad to say goodbye and leery of entering his new life with four perfect strangers. But honestly, he couldn't really get out of the door fast enough. As soon as we were back from lunch, he began gathering all the things we had brought into his new favorite posession, his borsa (backpack). I was a little disappointed by how routine and non-emotional were his goodbyes. He has been in this care center for a year and a half, and quite honestly, the nanny's goodbyes for Taz two years ago seemed a lot more heart felt, and he had only been there for a few months. Maybe it's the difference between a baby and a 5 year-old, or maybe it's the difference in staff?? Either way, I was sad that more people were not more sad to say goodbye to my precious little boy.

The car ride back to the hotel was filled with big eyes and big smiles. He seems to be a fearless little man, and plays it cool all the way. We spent the rest of the day/evening just relaxing and getting to know one another, tub splashing and rope showing.  I'm so glad we brought Renny and Zoom.  They seem to be making this transition so much easier on us MB.

And for pictures ...



  1. So can we borrow Renny and Zoom when we go get our boys?! ;)

  2. oh those pictures. oh those words. love ya, friend

  3. Love every picture, every word of this. Your two oldest are such incredible children. And the image of MB's pounding heart, with his mama's loving hand over it, will be with me forever. I love you all so much. Aunt Janie

  4. Wow...what a cool story, and the pictures are amazing.

  5. Love your blog and hearing about your amazing trip to bring MB home. I'm keeping that imagine of the pounding heart in my mind too...I too often forget of the amazing journey our children have had to take to come to us. Beautiful pictures! And can I ask...what orphanage is Holt working with in Addis now?