In a little over 3 weeks we have managed to make a home for ourselves here in Addis Ababa. As much as the separation was difficult it has ended up being a huge blessing that Jonathan left a month ahead of me and Dawit and found a house for us. In true Jonathan fashion when we arrived we had the sparse makings of a home already. So, we have spent a fair amount of time buying the bits and pieces to make ourselves more comfortable and to make life more like what we are used to in the states. More than pots, pans, bedding, furniture, etc. I have really been struck by how settled and at home I feel just having our family back together. It has also had a profound effect on Dawit as well. He is going to sleep more easily and sleeping better. Oh, and we started working on Dawit’s potty training and it is going really well so far-although it has only been a day!
I have also found that my day whether in the states or in Ethiopia goes pretty much the same. There is always plenty of cooking, cleaning, laundry and playing to fill the day. Our routine is slowing working itself out and once I begin language school, November 7th, we will have a definite routine.
We’ve all enjoyed getting to spend time with the kids at the Half-way Home, the Onesimus staff and the kids at the Drop-in Center. Of course we miss our family and friends in the states but it is a wonderful feeling to have “family” and friends here in Ethiopia. It is also such a comfort to have a home sweet home. We are truly blessed.