The next day we returned to the Care Center for the Farewell Ceremony. We were wondering how Etagegn would feel returning. It went perfectly. The ceremony was beautiful. Sister Martha spoke to us about their hopes and wishes for these children - these children who they love willingly and unconditionally. It was an opportunity for them to say goodbye.
Etta had only been at this Care Center for less than a month so we weren't sure if she had a special nanny. She did. She lit up when she saw her. Her nanny lit up too. And this is why our daughter shows so much love. She felt loved. I can only imagine how hard it would be - to care so deeply for a child until their family comes to take them home. One of our Travel Group friends asked Sister Martha how they can do it. She said it's because they believe it's their calling. They are meant to do this. And it shows. There were tears shed by all. Tears of gratitude. Tears of sadness for a loss of a relationship.
Tears of joy for what is to come.
Etagegn had a peace to her. It was as if she knew everything was going to be alright.
These are the wonderful Moms in our Travel Group. I am so thankful to have experienced it with them.
I really don't think I can put into words all that we saw, felt, experienced while in Ethiopia. It was amazing. Overwhelming. A gift of a lifetime. What I will remember most is the people. They are the warmest, most friendly, affectionate people I have ever known. They are gracious. They are happy. Our daughter will grow up being proud of her heritage. There is so much to be proud of.
It was the best feeling in the world to see our boys. It's good to be home.