Monday, July 09, 2007

Day 4 - Canadians in Ethiopia

Can't sleep. It's 5 AM and our entire family is up. If you're ever awake in the middle of the night in Ethiopia, you can always blog about Canadians.

Incidentally, in Ethiopia, white people stand out. Especially if they're giants (as I seem to be). Several hotel workers have told me I look like Steven Gerrard, a soccer player from Liverpool. I've never even heard of the guy before. Any resemblance?

Maybe if I lost the smile...


We met a white couple and their adopted Ethiopian daughter at the coffee ceremony in the authentic hut yesterday (Monday). I knew they were Canadian the first time the woman opened her mouth by the "eh?" she put on the end of the sentence. They knew we were American by the way we said "roof".

Anyway, this couple from Vancouver, British Columbia, adopted this now 18-year-old girl when she was 8. They were (and remain) involved in a Reformed church where they had a support group who adopted 13 orphans from around the world. It was the first time since the adoption that any of them had been in Ethiopia. They were searching for relatives. Her parents are dead but they had some pretty substantial leads in finding her biological siblings.

We were able to talk briefly about their connection with their daughter. The love and commitment of a biracial family was on display right before our eyes. This "chance" meeting happened immediately before we left to visit Neti and Meke for the first time.


At 11:35 PM , Blogger Mom of 5 said...

Hello- we are the Waala's !!
We loved cathching up on your families adventures. We are also a AWAA family.
We pray for safe travels and for the girls as they join your family.

At 7:19 AM , Blogger Marvin and Marissa Voke said...

What a beautiful and emotional letter to your girls. They are beyond blessed to have parents like you. The video was also very moving. Your girls are absolutely precious. We are counting down the days til referral, court date, and finally travel.
I am keeping you in my prayers. May your journey touch many lives beyond your comprehension.


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