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Married twenty-five years to my wonderful husband and best friend. We have 3 "home-grown" kids and 1 hand-picked by God from Africa. Our life is blessed. We are a close knit family with strong Christian beliefs. Come along with us on our journey…you might have a great laugh or two.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dial-up Connection Update!

I can’t remember the last time I used a dial-up internet connection, but I’ve learned that in Ethiopia, you’ve got to be quick because you could lose your connection at any moment. So here’s an update in bullet format…

- Left for Ethiopia in a blizzard… one of only three planes to leave the Des Moines airport that morning.

- Missed all connections… had to re-route (lost one of our bags of luggage in the process).

- Landed in Ethiopia after 40 hours of travel… still no luggage so none of our clothes arrived with us.

- Slept on a bed as hard as a board… no kidding… but happy to be here!

- Met our son the next day, so worth all of the trouble to get here… we got the happiest one!

- Next day, still no luggage… had to go shopping for a pair of pants and a shirt (getting tired of the same clothes)

- Played with our son… did I mention that he’s REALLY cute and VERY happy?

- Got to meet the birth mother… very emotional meeting for everyone, but definitely glad we did it.

- Not doing well with the food… coming back skinnier (new Ethiopian diet!)… still no luggage.

- It’s Sunday today and we’re now resting… waiting for the chance to see our son again tomorrow!

There you go – the fastest update ever from the country of Ethiopia!


  1. It's been a while since I have read blogs and I am sooooo happy that finally you are in Ethiopia!! Congratulations on your little boy and I can't wait to hear more about him soon....and I hope your luggage catches up with you too lol.

  2. Sooo glad you made it out of here! I CAN NOT WAIT for you guys to return, to meet your SON, and to hear how you survived in Ethiopia without luggage! :)