Greetings everyone, I thought the least I could do is post a message to thank everyone for your support and give a true heart felt appreciation for the blessing we have received. Kerry, Zac and I just embarked on a trip of a lifetime and the results are lasting throughout our new and improved lives!! Given the opportunity to step "out side the box" and venture to Ethiopia helped reassure us that we gave small and received big!! Gods blessings have been consistent and ever present and we are grateful. It has been two weeks now and the schedule is coming together a little bit. We have all readjusted to the time difference and our digestive system is slowly responding back from Ethiopian foods (which were wonderful). We are trying to get a sleeping schedule established so next month when we are both working it will go easier(by the way if anyone cant sleep from midnight to 6 a.m. let us know...we have a job post ion available for the next few months!!??!! ha,ha). I will make another post in the future to give another dad update. From the blessed new father of Gods two wonderful gifts, take care, Tom
Hey everyone, Wanted to fill you all in Lucas is not feeling so well. Lucas has a few health issues and he isnt as strong as his brother yet. I am sure its just a virus and he will be okay in a few days however the Dr thinks we may have introduced him to the public too soon. Too many people too soon. So for the time being we are going to have to give it a few weeks before we can have people visit. Once he has a strong immune system again we can start having people over again. I am sooooooooo bummed.... as much as i love the little guys the only break i have is when people are here to hold them and play with them. And one of the funnest parts of having those boys is sharing them with all the people we love so this is a huge kick in the pants for us but we really want to do whats best for them....
Thanks so much everyone for understanding and we will let you know how things are going.
A few things about the city of Addis is its busy busy busy busy. I have never seen so many people and so much traffic and it wasn't traffic like our traffic in the big cities it was cars, trucks, people, vans (which they used as buses) donkeys, goats and dogs everywhere and going which ever way there was very little organization. We were constantly almost hitting someone or something. The first few days you hold your breath and close your eyes then after that you just get used to it. The weird thing is it seemed to work. A van in our group did run over a dog and our van hit a donkey.. We only nudged it.. it was okay. The dogs were very over populated. And seemed to be wild not pets to anyone.
There were goats everywhere. Young kids herding goats right in the city. You did see wealthy people all over too depending on where you were.
We saw so many children with no parents. Thousands of them. The people there were soo beautiful. And so kind. Everyone smiled and treated us with such respect. I would go back in a heartbeat if I could to see more of the city and more of the country. We were so busy the entire time we were there.
I do pray that some day we can go back with the kids to see their mother. She was a sweet and beautiful girl. The trip to see the mother was the most beautiful trip ever. We got to see what Ethiopia really looked like and it was breath taking. I will never forget the beauty everywhere. The meeting of the mother was amazing as well. However that is a story for the boys to share when they are older its not our story its theirs . It will be up to them how much and when and we really want to respect that. We did learn so much from her and what an amazing person she really is. I pray the boys get to meet her some day.
We visited an authentic Ethiopian restaurant the food was soooooooo good. And the music was so cool there were Ethiopian dancers and they blew our minds!!! They were so amazing and beautiful. I was afraid Zac wasnt going to come home with me at that point. Its dark and it was smoky from the incense they burn. So the video isn't real clear but this dance she did was soooo cool. But OUCH!!!
I really wanted to type the entire experience and I will just not sure when.
The boys are not feeling well. I think between jet lag and everything being so different
they are not adjusting so well. They are waking up every hour at the most and they are not on the same schedule yet. Thank GOD for Tom. He has been wonderful.
Ethiopia was beautiful and eye opening as anyone would expect. So much to share with all of you and I promise I will once the boys are doing better and things have settled down here.
Here is one of the many many pictures of kids we met while over there. These children were goat and cattle herders they are out there all day doing this morning until evening. They had no shoes or socks and it was so cold that day. All their little noses were running . They were so sweet and so happy to see us all. They loved getting their picture taken. You seen kids like this everywhere they start as early as 4 years old doing this.
I have so much to share with all of you but for now I have 2 screaming kids that refuse to sleep.