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Another Update from Ethiopia!

Rachel provided the following update over email from the Sheraton in Addis:

*We had our Embassy appt today and all of the paperwork was there. We "passed" the interview and should have her Visa in hand on Wednesday, as expected. We are so thankful to all of those who prayed for us that this would work out. We were so relieved to hear that the Embassy thought it would be resolved by out appt when we checked in on Thursday after our arrival. When we were told that, we believed them and have been able to enjoy our trip and not spend it worrying about her Visa. It actually feels like a distant memory. That was a huge blessings.

*We are healthy and will probably leave having gained weight in Ethiopia. The food has been amazing at the guest house. Every meal is delicious! Evie is having some GI upset which they feel is from the change in formula. We went back to the Ethiopian formula, but it's still not completely resolved, although she is still very healthy and happy.

*Evie has been bonding to us well. We carry her all of the time and she loves it. If Dan is holding her and I look at her and say "Nay" (amharic for "come") she gets soooo excited and bouncy and smily.

* Evie is even cuter and more perfect than her pictures. When we met her at the orphanage, she was clean and healthy and all smiles. She is very smart and curious. She babbles a lot. Her gross motor skills are a bit delayed. She's 10.5 months - She cannot sit up without support (she falls over), doesn't bear weight on her legs very well, and has a hard time rolling over. But she is really good at "creeping", has great upper body support, and I am sure she will catch up on the other stuff soon. We are not sweating it at all. She is very engaged and soaking in everything that is going on around her. We brought several size of clothing for her, but she wears 3-6 month sizes. She looooves to be held and played with and is extremely cuddly. We are absolutely in love!

*We have loved meeting the other adoptive families, either at our guest house or at the embassy. It is so much fun to talk with these other families, who are experiencing what we are experiencing. They have all been amazing and it is truly a blessing to have the opportunity to get to know hem face-to-face.

* Ethiopians LOVE babies. Even strangers come up to Evie and kiss her hand, touch her face, and want to hold her. They try to make her smile and laugh.

* Dan is going to head to Harar where she is from. It's a 9 hour drive or a 1 hour flight so if he can find a flight tomorrow, he will fly, other wise he'll be going with our amazing guide by car. We don't know how long it will be before we get back to ethiopia so we wanted to see her home town and document as much as possible for her.

Rachel and Dan


  1. Dan and Rachel,
    Glad to hear everything is going so well! Will keep praying for you all to have a safe journey home (and Dan to Harar and back).
    P.S. Data point on the GI distress: M had major stomach problems the first two weeks he was home--just the stress of going through such a big change. He had lingering issues even for a few months after that. He's eating great now, though, so Evie will bounce back from that, too.

  2. So thrilled to read an update, and to hear that you are having such an incrdible experience with Evie and in Ethiopia. What a beautiful thing! Hope Evie feels better soon.

  3. Great update! So happy for you guys! How awesome that she's doing so well! I love the story of "nay!" :)
    Have a safe trip home!!
    nicole k.

  4. Dan & Rachel,

    I am so thrilled for you guys! It is great to hear that everything is going SO well! I can't wait to see photos and hear more about your trip when you return!

    All our love-

  5. I'm so happy for you all...what an incredible happy everything with the Embassy got sorted out in time for you (sheesh - that was cutting it close!).

  6. It just sounds like your journey to Evie is going perfectly and her bonding so beautifully is just icing on the cake!

    Praying for safe travels home and OH GOSH, can't wait to see the photos of your time in Ethiopia and then home as a family of 5!

    Smiling big here imagining the "nay" moments.....those will always be with you!

    Safe travels for Dan too!!


    P.S. Oh yes, she will catch up quickly on all those other things!! Its amazing how resilient and strong these babies truly are!

  7. Sounds like you are having a great time. Glad all is well. Would love to see photos of Harar since that is where Oliver is from as well.

  8. What a wonderful update!! So glad everything is going well and everything has been smooth for you!! That is so neat Dan can visit Evie's home town for her!! How wonderful! God Bless!!

  9. Such wonderful news! Sammy too was super tiny but wow he's gained a lot since home.
    I cannot wait to finally see Evie & Mommy/daddy/Jude/Indi pictures!!
    Safe travels home!

  10. OH- there is NOTHING like a cuddly baby!!! She fits right in with your family!!! YAY! I simply cannot WAIT to see pictures of how beautiful she is IN YOUR ARMS!!!! And all the pictures of you enjoying Ethiopia.

    I am so thankful that everything ended up going smoothly and your time in Ethiopia has been easy and relaxing.

    Praying for Jude and Indie too!!! Hope they are doing well!

  11. I have never been to your blog before, and I just was looking for information on Little Dresses for Africa and found you. This is amazing because we are hoping to start an Ethiopian adoption in the future.

  12. I'm so glad to hear that things went well and you got her visa! And I'm so glad she is healthy and happy. You're probably home now, so enjoy your amazing time with E. Can't wait to hear more!!


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