Friday, February 20, 2015

More Hair, More Addis, Good Friends - by Brad

Even though this was posted under Brad's name it was Lindsey that wrote it... we will fix it when we have a better internet connection...

Today we ventured out with another family here. Their daughter is Leilti's best friend and we enjoyed their company and watching our girls play together. We started the day by walking to a nearby salon to get Lielti's hair fixed. Our friends have been here for over a month, so they knew right where to go! $5 and 35 minutes later Lielti had a great braided hair-do.



 
 
 
After getting her hair done we all went to lunch and the girls entertained us by putting their napkins on their heads, laughing, quoting lines from Home Alone, laughing some more and singing. We did a little bit of shopping and got ice cream before heading back to the guesthouse where the girls watched Home Alone and ate Kolo (sort of trail mix), a favorite snack of theirs.

We spent the evening walking around town with a couple of families and found a great little outdoor restaurant to have dinner. We really enjoy getting to spend time with the other adoptive families here.

Tomorrow we plan to head to the Transition home. There are two kids from the transition home that Lielti has spent most of her life with. As it turns out, all three of the kids' families will be here tomorrow. We plan to get a big family photo! While we are there the staff will do a little going away party for Lielti with a coffee ceremony. It will be an emotional day full of difficult goodbyes. I am tearing up just thinking of what her poor heart will be feeling tomorrow. After our goodbyes we will come back to the guesthouse and pack up to head home. We are hoping that the excitement of seeing her brothers again will help Lielti deal with her sadness in saying goodbye to her friends, her care givers and her country. If you think about it, please pray for her as she makes this huge transition and pray for wisdom for us to know how to guide her through.

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