Hello from Ethiopia!
Sorry for the delay in updating, but we have had virtually no internet until right now and I am not holding my breath that this will even be able to get sent! But as we have already learned and are continuing to do, while in Ethiopia we must be able to go with the flow!
So, I know the most important thing you are wanting to know is how it is going with the kids. Well, it has been even better than we expected. As we drove into the orphanage compound on Friday afternoon- the very first two smiling faces to meet us and wave like crazy were our kids. I laugh as I think about how nervous we were before we went- wondering if they'd even remember us. um yes- it was quite obvious they not only remembered us but they had been waiting and waiting to see us. The connection is there and it is strong and even the other adults and some of the kids see it. They stuck to us like glue and really have not left our sides except to say goodbye each day. It has been just incredible being back with them and all of the kids there. I have so much more to write about our time, but I will save it for later!
Jensen is doing amazing. Contrary to what you might think, this trip is far from a vacation. It has been extremely exhausting and he has put up with a lot so far and we have a few more days to go! He is such a trooper and has been forced out of his comfort zone a few times and been very gracious to everyone no matter what the circumstance. I am so proud of him. He is having fun playing football (soccer) with the boys, learning new songs and games and drinking a bottle of soda a few times a day! He has made a few good friends too. :) We miss our 3 at home so much, but we are praying that next Easter we will be celebrating all together as a family of 8.
Thanks so much for your prayers. We have felt them from all the way across the world and are so grateful for each one of you.
HAPPY EASTER!(Melkam Fasika!)
For His Glory,
Candice (for Randy and Jensen too)