Tuesday, July 29, 2008

We're back as three

by Liz

She's a peach. A total peach. We're so very lucky and so very in love. She just sparkles and you feel lucky to be in her presence.

Ethiopia gets in you. Its intoxicating, beautiful, perplexing, haunting and elusive. Something about it gets lost in translation and leaves you feeling a bit incomplete. I know we'll never get over it, but we'll definitely go back. The pictures don't describe it; they leave out the smell of the eucalyptus fires and the lilt of the traffic, livestock and prayer chants. Its modern and ancient, current and rustic, welcoming and disconcerting. Through our daughter we'll be forever related to it, but never truly a part of it; always ferenge (foreigners).

We are forever grateful to the people of the Toukoul Orphange, admins to nannies to guards who daily open their hearts for the children who live there. They are as happy and secure as you could hope. The grounds echo with the happy sounds of a summer camp; hardly a place of last resort.

The staff truly cares and there were tears when Ru left her nannies. We'll have to send more photos for their walls and wallets.

Nap time is ending... mama's gotta run!


JourneytoFamily said...

I'm so happy for you guys! Glad you're all back home now.

Ethiopia...part of our world said...

I am so happy that you are back safe and sound! Your right- you will never be the same!! Congrats on baby Ru!! Thanks for redoing the shirts-still haven't placed my order it keep growing. Let me know if you do any new one since you have know completed this process.
Julie in MO

wanda said...

O M G!!!! Wow what an amazing site, to look at this child's picture now compared to the first ones we saw just a few short weeks ago. She is precious and I am in love with her too.

We will be taking Jo back to OSU on Sept 19 and we would love to visit with the three of you if possible. We are glad you are home safe and sound and that you have your angel with you now.

Take care love ya'll ( sounthern speak)

Amber said...

O little Ru! Glad to see she is still happy as a clam! :) Love Scott and Amber

Amber said...

ok guys we are dying to see some new pics of Ru! :) Hope you are doing well
Scott and Amber