We arrived safe and sound here in Addis late last night. It was an increadibly long flight and we each only got about an hour total sleep on the whole trip. Which actually helped our time adjustment, because we passed out from exhaustion when we came. And are feeling pretty good so far today.
This morning was wonderful. Waking up to a rooster and smelling Africa......it has a distinct smell that I can only describe as Africa. I think it might be my favorite smell in the world - others hate it but I soak it up. Anyways just knowing that we made it and were about to go meet our son was the best feeling ever to wake up to.
I was beyond excited to get ready this morning and I couldn't do it fast enough. Around 10 we heading to the orphanage and it was fun to watch Aaron see Africa in daylight. When we got to the orphanage we had to sign a waiver for photos and knowing that our son was in the building next door was killing me. I just wanted to run in and scoop him up. It probably took only 5 minutes.....but it felt soooooo long!
When we went into the room our son was in a bunch children were all over us for attention. Our son didn't come right away and took a while to warm up to us - but when he did it was amazing. He sat on my lap for about 25 minutes and wouldn't leave, which was absolutely wonderful. He played with some sun glasses and small toys and I just soaked him up, every last detail. He is beautiful and I am amazed at how perfect he will fit in our family. God truly is good and He choose this child for us! He also sat on Aaron's lap for a while and called him ababa which means daddy. He doesn't know that we are his parents as our agency does not tell them until after we leave. But he was very comfortable with us and we are glad for that.
We know a couple different families who are adopting from the same orphanage as us and are here this week. One is even staying at the same place and we are having a great time getting to know them. They were all there at the orpahage with us this morning and it was so much fun playing with everyone. After a while we took the kids outside and played with some bubbles that I brought and some ballons that another family brought. The children were squeeling with delight over everything and I had to stand back and just soak it all in for a while. These children are so precious it is very easy to fall in love with each and every one of them. They are beautiful and we can't wait to go back tomorrow afternoon.
Thank you for praying for us as we are here. It has been wonderful so far and we are only on day one! This afternoon we are going to go see some sights in the city and tonight we have dinner with the two other families we are blessed to be here with. God is good, his timing is perfect, and we are blessed beyond what we could have imagined with our beautiful son.