Life in Ethiopia

January 01, 2006 Arrival!
- We made it! We touched down in Addis Ababa around 7:00 PM on December 31st. Getting onto the plane was quite a challenge. Even though we arrived three hours early, we nearly missed our flight because it took so long...

January 07, 2006 Ethiopian Christmas
- In Ethiopia, Christmas is celebrated on January 7th. We went to Girma's house for lunch (The house where Zelalem & Dagm were raised). And we went to Zelalem's dad's house for dinner. Cake at Girma's house. Layli and Grandpa Girma...

January 09, 2006 Introducing Yonathon
- Yonathon is here. Since September, we knew that we would be getting another addition to our family. Yonathon is Dagm’s half brother. When Yonathon’s mother passed away in September (his father had already passed away) we knew immediately that we...

January 14, 2006 Complications
- We’ve now been here two weeks. We are starting to feel a little more settled, however, our days are still filled with tons and tons of errands (buying appliances, finding power converters, finding a school for the kids, getting school...

January 16, 2006 First Day of School & Scooby Doo
- Today was Jasmine and Dagm's first day of school. For Jasmine -- it was really her first day of formal schooling. She was very excited about it and talked the night before nonstop about her bookbag and her lunch box....

January 17, 2006 Shane & Yonathon's First Day
- Today was Shane and Yonathon's first day of school. (Dagm and Jasmine started yesterday). I thought we would get a call around 8:30 AM asking for us to pick up Shane -- cause he can be a handful. But when...

February 20, 2006 Introducing Scrappy Doo (Yep, Another Dog)
- OK, so we were a little weak. We were driving down a road near our house, and we saw a kid holding a little puppy, about the size of his hands. Zelalem stopped the car. All the kids were in...

February 25, 2006 Family Portrait: A Family of Seven
- Here we are! Our first photo as a family of seven. It's really hard to get seven people (especially with kids) to all have a half-way decent expression for a family portait....

March 01, 2006 Happy Ayyam-i-Ha!
- We had a unique Ayyam-i-Ha this year. Ayyam-i-Ha is a 4-5 day period (depending on leap year) that Baha'is celebrate before the fast with charity, visiting the sick, giving gifts and eating cake. (The eating cake part was my addition,...

March 02, 2006 Gang of Three
- They roam around the house in a pack, looking for things to do and eat....

March 02, 2006 Sleeping Arrangements
- Back in November, we put everything we own in a 40 foot container and sent it off to sea. We half way expected to never see our stuff again, but we were also half way expecting to see it on...

July 25, 2006 Catching Up
- We have heard the cries from all over the world, “Please update your blog! We’re sick of reading about your kid’s sleeping arrangements!” So much has happened since March, so let me give you a quick (ok lengthy) rundown… Our...