We weren’t sure how it would feel to go back. This summer was amazing and a blur, full of adrenaline, new experiences and vibrant culture.
As city dwellers for about 5 months now and our honeymoon phase in Ethiopia gone, we didn’t know what to brace ourselves for. I told Jon, “What if no one invites us anywhere and we just sit in the house for four days?!”
Praise the Lord, we were warmly welcomed again. On Ethiopian Christmas, the day started about 9:00 with a baseball game (funny story on this blooper later) and by 10:00, we were invited over to the cow butchering. 14 families contributed money to buy a cow for Christmas. From our understanding, many from our community eat meat about three times a year and Christmas is one of those times.
We were humbled and blessed to share a meal.
And in no time, The Littles were scooped up and carted around. They kind of love/hate this but generally favorable after a few minutes.
And these sweet faces, they changed a lot in five months! The little one in stripes, she was one of the children I blogged about this summer, who cowered in fear of me, to the point of physically trembling if I greeted her. Guess who jumped into my arms and held on for about an hour? Yes, this sweetie, definitely warmed my heart. :)
More Christmas day adventures to come...