On our final day in Ethiopia we visited a coffee factory and did some last-minute shopping -- then headed back to the guest house to pack...and off to the airport at 7pm.
Nearing the end of such an emotional & exhausting week, I had no idea that departing Ethiopia with Micah Yoseph would cause such deep anguish & turmoil within. I was sad to leave Ethiopia so soon -- 7 days is just enough time to get acclimated and feel comfortable. But the real grief came from taking our son from his birth country, his culture, his people...yes, Micah was gaining much, but also losing much. I guess life is always about a trade-off...a sacrifice...pursuing a greater good. Adoption was not originally my idea of what the greater good for Micah is, but I am confident that it was, is and always has been God's original idea...we simply followed His lead! And so I have peace. We will be diligent to teach Micah Yoseph about his Ethiopian identity and celebrate every aspect of his God-given and God-ordained life!
Here we are with the Sapp's, our travel buddies, and Robel, our agency's travel coordinator for us -- but he was really much, much more than that (we LOVE you Robel)...very, very special people.