Friday, April 9, 2010


We met our baby this morning and are totally in love, she is too. The attachment went better then we could have ever expected.
The nannies called the families up one by one to meet our babies and we were first. We walked into the room with a dozen babies all over the floor and Semenesh stood out immediately. I picked her up and she looked at Kelly and me without any concern. When we took her downstairs everyone clapped and then the next family was called.
Downstairs she was full of smiles and laughter. She's very ticklish.
It was the most amazing experience. The feeling can best be described as ten families giving birth to their babies at the same time. The room was full of joy.
We look forward to tomorrow when we get to spend more time at the orphanage, learning her schedule and routine.
We're in heaven.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Taking it all in

Yesterday was full in our attempt to learn as much as possible about the culture and history of Ethiopia. We have another full day today so I'll sum it all up in a few words.

Orthodox church where Haile Selassie was crowned. Coffee break. Shopping/Bargaining. National Museum, 'Lucy'. Tej (Ethiopian honey wine). Cigar by the pool. In bed 7pm and awake at 12am, still suffering from jet lag. Our massages should be great today!

Tonight is the night we arrive at the guest house and meet Semenesh in the am!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

10% plus 15%...

We arrive in Addis yesterday morning, 10pm pacific time. We were exausted after 28 hours of traveling and no more then six hours of sleep between us both. It was so nice to arrive at the Sheraton and relax by the pool after a delicous Indian meal. We decided to go to sleep at about 4pm because Kelly fell asleep while drinking his banana milk shake.
This morning we were outside enjoying the sunrise and listening to the morning prayer that echoed from the mosque below our hotel garden. We are trying to take in all the sight, sounds, and smells of our daughter's birth country.
After the sun rose we enjoyed the most amazing continental breakfast. They had fresh juiced blends, a table full of fresh baked breads, omelets made to order, a table of fresh cheeses, and anything else you can think of. The cappacino was also amazing, made with delicious Ethiopian coffee. We do feel a little out of place at the Sheraton, with all the asian buisness men sitting around us, but we're taking advantage of the accomidations non the less. Everything we buy here is so expensive and then 10% plus 15% is added to it. We're wondering why they can't just tell us the full price.
We are about to leave for the Marketo, the largest open air market in Africa, and hope to find some better deals.
That's all for now... we'll have more advantures to share later. LOVE YOU JUDAH!!!