We left with 2 other couples and the boy's nurse and traveled to the US Embassy. We went through security, gave the embassy some paperwork that they didn't have (thank goodness I had made copies of everything and had it with us) and waited in line. We were number 414.
After our interview we loaded up in the van and headed back to the care center. The boys fell asleep in our arms. My heart was content and I think I could have rode around Addis all day in that van while our boys were in our arms sleeping. The last step was done. Their visa and passports were in our agencies possession!
When we arrived back at the care center the boys went to finish their nap and we went to visit a Leper Hopsital in Addis with the other couples that had their embassy appointments that morning as well. We found many lovely things to purchase. We then went to the coffee shop and had a cup of coffee and purchased some beans. There is nothing better than a good cup of Ethiopian coffee! We also went to Book World that is right by the coffee shop and bought some books. Then we were off to the Market for awhile.
After we were done in the city we went back to the guest house and picked up the boys and brought them to our room and played. At dinner time, we needed to bring them back to the nannies. We would not take custody of the boys until after we had traveled south on our birth family visit.
We then met up with the other couples again, and went to Habesha 2000 - an Ethiopian Restaurant to celebrate! We watched some amazing dancing and singing and ate some terrific Injera and everything that goes with it!
I don't have many pictures of this day to share with you. So, I'm going to share some photos that I could not share with you before. Ones that we took of the kids on our first trip to Ethiopia when we went to court.
This picture was just as we held the boys for the first time. They were so scared.
Brothers Forever! Zachary and Isaac Buche
Amanda and Isaac Buche
Hannah and Isaiah Burka
Grace and Isaiah Burka
Greta and Isaac Buche
"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song."