Thursday, February 24, 2011
never the same
a year ago....we left to our side of the world to meet these beautiful faces, these lives, this country of Ethiopia touched our lives and I was never the same.
I just went back and read the few posts I was able to write while in Ethiopia.
They bring it all back and more.
links to last years Ethiopia posts:
we met our daughter today (we met Tessa the day after we arrived)
this is big love (going to Hosanna, Tessa's birth place, coffee ceremony & birth family meeting)
no mascara needed (emotions...emotions....)
at last....photos of Tessa (finally able to take photos outside of the care center at the guest house)
i will, i will... (leaving Tessa's birth country and bringing her home)
When we went to Ethiopia I knew I would feel many things and tried to prepare my heart and soul. I did not want to protect it, I wanted to open my heart and soul up, take it all in. To be able to feel it for myself and also to fully share with my daughter one day. I never knew how it would change me, make my heart grow. When in Ethiopia, if you allow yourself to see and feel the injustice of this world's inequity, the poverty; when you really look into the eyes of the mothers, fathers and children; you are forever touched by this country..... but you can also feel the hope.
Tessa's name is derived from her Ethiopian name "Tesfanesh" literally meaning "you are hope"
Everyday I hold this hope in my arms, every day. To have been entrusted with this hope and the life of one of Ethiopia's children, is both a privilege and one of God's miracle. It has left me forever grateful, forever changed. Quite simply, never the same.