Trip Start Jun 17, 2008
14Trip End Jul 05, 2008
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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.
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
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...
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!