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I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
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Thursday, August 7, 2008


Hi all,
We got here just fine. all our bags came together. We were happily met at the airport Tue. Wed we went to the orphanage to get our sons. we took them home that day. they were called out to meet us and they gave us hugs, shy ones. they had the photos we sent around their necks on the lanyards we put them on. they were well worn they showed us them. we spent some time there. (i am using the dial up and old keyboard here, it is stiff and hard to write, pardon my mistakes). The boys hav a scheule and it is good and they go to "school' i the morning to count, and sing bible song s and stories, etc. when we went back to the house they were quiet. they aked hana if this was the time. they had asked her if she would take them in the van when their parents came. yes this is the time.
so far they talk to eachother a lot in amharic. we are picking up on soem needed phrases and words that are helpful. it is good. they talk to us. come to and with us willingly. ask to b picked up and for food, etc.... they sleep fine so far, day nap and night. they love soccer adn play pretty well. they love cars and coloring. they DO NOT like stuffed animals. scarry!
new rules, we can not go in public places with them because there is gossip among the people of child trafficing. not true, but still a concern for the govt. regarding public relations. they need time to e ducate the populace on adoption. so, it is best that we are stayiang in a guest house . those in hotels are not allowed to take their kids out of the orphanage to stay with them. guest house is ok right now. it is ok. it is ok to go to not much populatted places and out of town. we will do that. better anywy. we will have to do a bab sitter for certain things , but one of us will stay with them at the house when the other and the gilrs go out sometim es. ok.
guest house is good. they are moving to a better location after we go. It will be good. The people here are nice and friendly. it is a lot like bolivia. e veryone is doing well and no one is sick. it is good. phoebe loves it here. olivia is doing ok. the camera card is full adn we can not load it to the computer so i am glad we all have our cameras and the video which we can download and 6 disopsable cameras just in case!
thank you for your continued prayers. so far so good. still waiting for them to realize this is fo r reals., Kedus hsa a few sad times when wakign up. it is ok .
Jill Dave, POKN
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