This morning I was caught off guard while the children were playing and for a small moment in time I was taken back to Addis. I was working on breakfast and Mastewal and Afton were playing together and she kept laughing and calling Afton “Tami” which sounds like “Tommy” and that’s what everyone called him during our stay. It surprised me, but I enjoyed hearing it. I feel like the last few days/week the kids are starting to let a little more of Ethiopia back into their lives. For the last two months they’ve really jumped into the American culture and have not wanted to speak the language or talk about much that goes on there. I have to say that I’ve had some amazing conversations with Mastewal over the last week about Ethiopia, her first family, her time in Kamash(i), her time in Addis, other children and her friends. It has been eye opening for me to hear from her about her life before us. She has a lot to share, and I’m glad we’re getting closer through our special times of sharing.
We spent most of the afternoon and evening outside. The kids love bubbles and I was able to take a ton of photos. There are so many I’d like to share, but I’ll just pick a few for this post.