Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ethiopia Trip Day Six (Thursday)

Day Six – We go home today! John woke up with whatever I had yesterday and stayed in bed while I took one last trip to Hannah’s Hope to give out the stickers and candy we had brought with us. Tibebu got one last chance to say goodbye to his special mothers and I got to spend some more time with the older children. Hannah’s Hope is an amazing place. I really have nothing but great things to say about anything I saw while at Hannah's Hope. The special mothers give one on one attention to each child and jump to their every need. I can not imagine how difficult their jobs are for them. They are dealing with constant transition and children coming from all different backgrounds and languages. They do it with the ultimate grace. The new orphanage was clean and brightly decorated. Almaz, the orphanage director, was everything everyone said she would be. She is a beautiful no nonsense Ethiopian woman that has a heart of gold for these children. She knew them all by name along with descriptions of their particular situations. We all felt truly blessed to have had our children so well cared for prior to coming home.

Front of Hannah's Hope
Tibebu's Crib while at Hannah's Hope

One of Tibebu's Special Mothers

Infant Boys room at Hannah's Hope

View from upstairs balcony at Hannah's Hope

Downstairs Play room at Hannah's Hope

Middle Courtyard

Another special mother of Tibebu's

Older girls room


Johannes and Wes with Tibebu. They are on staff with Hannah's Hope as well and were so great during our trip.

Tibebu's first bath with Mommy


  1. Thank you for sharing all the pictures. I am loving seeing what it will be like for us. We have 2 boys at HH that we are preparing to pick up in feb.


  2. He is so adorable. So happy you are all home, and I hope you are doing well. :-D

  3. I love the pictures!

  4. What great pictures and memories...I love the bath picture...:)