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Trip Start Jun 17, 2008
Trip End Jul 05, 2008

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

We made it!  Hard to believe that travel between 2 places barely 350km apart could take longer than it took us to travel from Canada!

I am glad that we are going to be stationed in one place rather than moving every day, but part of me is sad a the same time.  I really enjoyed seeing these interesting places and small towns, and am not that excited about the city.  However, the most exciting thing is that we get to meet Noah today!  Habtamu is is Ethiopian name which will be kept as a middle name, but Noah is what he will be called as a first name in Canada. 

At the transition house we're pleased to see that everything is clean and looks nice, and there are TONS of fun workers with the children.  This is a society of people who truly love their children :)  Right now there are 89 children at the Transition House - and they have all bee adopted.  There are also orphanages that they work with, and many children not in orphanages.  All in all there are millions of children needing homes in Ethiopia.  

We meet with the Operations Manager.  Now here is a man how has a heart for what he's doing.  He really loves these children and wants the best for them in their loves.  He went through all the official documentation and he tells us a little bit about Habtamu and how he's been doing.  Apparently, they told him that we were coming on the day we arrived (which was never planned), and then again yesterday when we were delayed, so the poor little guy had been disappointed a couple of times already in anticipation of meeting his parents.  However, he got through and in he came dressed in some traditional clothing to give hugs to Mommy and Daddy! 

As to be expected, he was very quiet and shy, but throughout the afternoon of playing together he started to open up.  I'm sure he's never been held or kissed quite as much as today.  This transition is not very shocking for the children.  They always know that they are going to be adopted by a family in Canada and the workers talk to them about it a lot.  Krista and Grant had also sent pictures of themselves, family, friends, home, pets, etc. for Noah to see and understand before going back to Canada.  His favorite part was 'talking' about his cat and showing us all the pictures and toys they had sent over the last few months.  Language is a barrier that won't last very long.  You can tell he is very intelligent and speaks very well in Amharic, but nothing in English yet - except for "1....2....zudi!" before kicking the soccer ball.

It's interesting to see people's reactions to this child.  As expected, some people come up to the car to say 'hi' and get his attention.  Everyone is happy to hear about the adoption and tell him what a lucky boy he is.  The ladies at the guest house were very cute at meeting him.  They just swoop down and pick him up and smother him in kisses, which he takes all in stride.  In Canada, we'll coo over other people's babies, but not usually pick up stranger's children on the streets!  Sometimes I think it would be nicer if we did...

Noah was extremely good and seemed to bond well today.  The transition house did not place any restrictions on Krista and Grant taking him back with them today.  I think they have had to deal with too many irate parents fighting them on this issue.  We had heard that they liked to ease in slowly with longer and longer visits over several days, and we nut expecting to be able to bring him back to the guest house.  

Now snuggled into bed with his superman jammies and head on Daddy's shoulder, he sleeps his first night with his new family.  Off to a wonderful start!
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Diana Kimberlin aka on

So how is Noah doing now?

2totango on

wonderful! started school this year, has tons of friends and is the top player on his soccer team.

also wonders when he's going to be getting a new brother or sister :D

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