Here's what we got to peek at and kiss that first night that we arrived in Ethiopia. They were all tucked in and didn't open their little eyes but we kissed them, told them we loved them and then went to get settled and tuck in the other kids.
So, after we got everything settled we were supposed to go to sleep. Ya, right. I don't have any troubles sleeping normally, however that night I did! Between traveling across the world, seeing two little boys that we've been waiting for so long to meet and now listening to dogs, chickens and other noises I was not used to I didn't sleep much at all. At about 5am the church bells rang and praying from the Orthodox Church started. Breakfast was at 7am and we had about a block walk to go to breakfast. I woke up the kids and Ryan and we got ready and went for breakfast. It was yummy. We had pancakes and porridge, toast, Ethiopian coffee and tea. Then ... it was finally time. Time to go and hold two little guys!
First, the nannies saw us walking that way. (You really couldn't miss our group of 7 - we seemed to stick out where ever we went). Then we started to hear the words ... "Buche, Burka, mommy, daddy". Both the kids and the nannies repeated this over and over as we walked closer. The boys seemed overwhelmed. They both went to the back of the room that they were all in. The nannies handed them to us. I held Burka as he tucked his head in my shoulder and cuddled in tightly. He was very scared. Ryan stood next to Buche, who was pulling on his ears. I thought at first that he might have an ear ache, but I think I figured out that he has a nervous habit of pulling on his ears. They were both very reluctant. The nannies gave us a mat and all nine of us sat together. We sat together, not saying much at all but just admiring two little boys that were taking in each of us - Burka continued to hang on tightly, while Buche continued to push us away. It was like time stood still that morning. It was the day we had waited for.
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1