Where in the world have we been?
I know, I know. It's been awhile. Hmm.. Let's see. Let's back track a bit, and start where we left off.
We will call this one what the heck has been going on since Mamo's last 6 month post? and I will bring this entry current through September.
Alright. Well, we MOVED! Yay! We miss our old friends in our old neighborhood terribly, but we are SOOOO close to the kid's school now. Like one minute away close! It is soo nice. I was barely surviving the spring school year- like I was close to breaking down. 3 kids in the mix and a school for 2 of the 3 that was 35minutes away, was HARD. Real hard. and we both work, so it was almost impossbile. I was coming up short in too many areas and this move has repaired that A lot! We are still dog tired at night (we just collapse these days), but I am so thankful for the short commute to the kids school that we have now.
Ok, so we moved in to the new house, and then decided to overhaul the entire kitchen. and we overhauled all of it. and we did that while we lived here. and we should have a t-shirt that says we survived it. I really should have taken pics of the mess we lived in, but I just couldn't. Lets just say -- glad that is over. We went from this:
We go out to eat Ethiopian food at least once a month, to keep the memory of Mamo's culture (at least in food) in check. Injera is a flat bread and there are meats and veggies that are eaten with it. The fist time I had in was when Robby and I were in Ethiopia, before we met Mamo. It was different and we were really scared of what we were eating. It was just so unlike anything we had ever eaten before. We go to dinner with part of our African fellowship group a lot and I remember a few of the mom's talking about how they CRAVED it and how they gorged themselves at the restaurant. All Philip and I could think of while they were saying this, was well-- You can have ours-- argh. I knew right then and there, that there was no WAY possible I would ever like this stuff. and then I ate my words, and so did Caitlin. Robby likes it okay and Philip still not so much. I actually think that when we go out to eat Ethiopian that Caitlin and I are more excited than Mamo is these days. and we ALWAYS order enough to bring leftovers home- and we duke it out the next night for the scraps. ha ha
Here are 2 of the sweet families that we go eat dinner with regulary. Yes, all these kids belong to 3 families- and I only have ONE kid pictured here. Kind of makes me look lame compared to these other 2 families. They have heard the orphan cry and they have responded! So blessed to have these sweet, precious, families in our lives. There are 6 kids in this photo that were in the same orphanage with Mamo at the same time as him. CRAZY!
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