The first golden rays of sunshine glinted off the table as I started to day, surprised to be up before the sun but glad for the quiet of the morning to pray and read. Feeling very self-congratulatory that I hadn't been grumpy to anyone yet, I realized I hadn't seen anyone else because it was so early.
This whole packing up for 1/3 of a year and planning here and there and everywhere doesn't bring out the chill side of me. (Sorry to my dear fam).
We've seen a lot less of these scenes
Two grown men, delighted by our swing set
Coffee at a friends
Addis Ababa is the land in between for us. Still so different from the USA but also so different from our rural life.
We have a possible glitch with our exit visas, which we pray is resolved this afternoon. 3:00 pm our time. I just talked with a man at immigration. He helpfully said, "There is hope we get it today". If you are up right now, will you pray it comes through?
We just can't wait to do 30 hours of this. The memories of the last international travel haven't faded enough yet! Ha! The Littles are amazing travelers but there is a limit and that is about 2 airports and many flight hours before our arrival. Complete exhaustion and despair hit somewhere around the umpteenth screening we go through. Last time, their frustrations manifested itself through them taking off their shoes and clothes. Yeah, it was as fun as it sounds.
We are supposed to fly out middle of the night. We will also have some possible issues in customs on Ethiopian and USA side. Please pray it goes smoothly and we aren't stopped and we make all our connections or the grace to handle glitches with a smile and grace.