We flew into Ethiopia last night and discovered 3 of our 6 bags did not arrive from Frankfurt! They said they would arrive in the morning which was fine - except all of our clothes were in the 2 bags that were missing! We begged and borrowed from generous fams that are also here for their adoption. When we got to Ethiopia we were told that we had an embassy appointment the next morning! I told them they must be mistaken because Nahome's mom's appointment was the next morning, not ours. Our guide told us we better check our email since it had been a while because of flying. Well - we DID have an embassy appointment in the morning! Nahome's mom showed up in the city a day early so they let her interview on Tuesday morning. We got an email from embassy that we were cleared and our coordinator set up our embassy appointment. It was great news!
We left bright and early at 8am this morning to go pick Nahome up (Gotcha Day!) and then head straight over to our embassy appointment! Here are Josh and I on the way to see our little man again!
Our embassy appointment was uneventful and everything checked out fine! We get to pick up his travel papers on Friday morning and our adoption will be final and complete!!!!
Here is a pic of Daddy and Nahome leaving the transition home after our Gotcha Moment!!!
We went from embassy to pick up our luggage that had FINALLY arrived at the airport. From there we went back to the guest house to drop the luggage, then we headed to the transition home to meet with Nahome's birth mom! We had a very special and sweet time visiting with Nahome's birth mom. We were able to give her some pictures and promised to send updated photos as he gets older. We also got to take some pictures of us with her and some of her and Nahome. These will be precious memories for him when he is older.
It feels like we did so much - and by this point it was only noon!!! To add to the excitement...
We went over to the older kid transition home to gather some of Nahome's things...we walked in the gate and the older kids were all eating lunch. As soon as some of the older boys saw us they began yelling "B's" name - they knew we were his family and we hadn't gotten to see him yet in the busy-ness of the day! He had his back to us but quickly turned to face the doors as his friends clued him in that we were there. He saw us, jumped to his feet, and ran to us to give us hugs!! He had THEE biggest smile on his face and he was just glowing! He had been asking the guides and other families when we were coming for the last couple days - he knew it was soon!
And there we were - with BOTH boys in our arms!!!! We are feeling so incredibly blessed to be walking this path that God has called us on! There is much more to tell about our day with our boys but jetlag is setting in and I must head to bed!
Please Continue to Pray:
~ For Nahome as he adjusts to a WHOLE NEW everything
~ For safe travels - we are flying to visit Nahome's orphanage tomorrow
~ For a court date to be scheduled for "B" - the in-country director told us today that they were supposed to be getting one last document from his orphanage today and then would take it in tomorrow and request a court date - - they are hoping for Monday or Tuesday!
~ For B's heart - the older kids are so very excited to meet their families but they are older enough to realize that we will have to leave! Help him to enjoy the time we are here with him and endure the time we will be apart once we have to leave him behind!
~ For the 3 littles back home with Grandma - - Mama is already starting to miss them!
~ Embassy Clearance
~ Sweet moments with a women who is now woven into our hearts and family
~ Playing and hugging on BOTH of my boys today
I'll leave you with a couple pics of Nahome's time back at the Guest House we are staying at::
In his new duds!
Trying out his new bed - with his backpack on, of course!
He loves to ride in the stroller that we brought for an Ethiopian friend!
Blessings from the Krohn Family!