One year ago today, June 20th, 2011 Ryan and I woke up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  It was the day after Fathers Day and we we missing our five children that were at home with their grandpa and grandma, but we had just spend this Father’s Day playing with our new sons.
We woke up to this view off the balcony of the beautiful guest house we were staying in.

And the sounds of chickens clucking, dogs barking, the chatting of Orthodox Church and the smell of the fires that were lit for the women to cook on are some of the sensory things that come to mind as I remember our days in Addis Ababa. Oh how I miss the beautiful country of Ethiopia.
Then, we walked to the the room the boys were staying in, picked them up and rode to the US Embassy where we received their passports to bring them home… forever.
We had brought clothes for our sons to wear to the Embassy appointment.  The clothes I brought were ALL too big.  They wore them anyway but occasionally had to pull their shorts up when they fell to their ankles. But really, as much as I had looked at little boy clothes thinking they were so fun while were were still home, none of that mattered. The precious treasures God has given us were now in those clothes.
And we were on our way to the final “important” meeting before all the pieces were in place for our sons to come home.
It will be a day forever etched in our minds and on our hearts.
We love you Burka and Buche!

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