Friday, 27 March 2009

We are here

We arrived safely in Addis after a very long flight!  We had a long layover in Khartoum, Sudan where passengers left and more joined, and we were refueled, while on the plane!!  The flight attendants were very good, especially with the children and one little boy inparticular who was very upset when he had to sit down and have his seatbelt fastened! 
 
Our Guest House is much more basic than we expected from its website!!  The bed is very small and creaks everytime we move!!  But despite that we managed a good nights sleep.  This morning we had breakfast and went straight over to theorphanage.  Our new little one is PERFECT and I spent most of the morning holding and hugging :-)  I've also signed the initial lot of papers for both me and Mr Messy and the orphanage director is going to sort out her bit and then I think we have some more to do on Monday.  We can visit again tomorrow, but not on Sunday so we are going to check the guide book and decide what to do. 
 
We had lunch in the famous Kaldi's Coffee House and are just at an internet cafe before returning to the guest house.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ooooh exciting!!! Lots of photos? Don't burn to a crisp!! :)

Am at grandmas at the mo, she'll go read what you put soon :) just eating lunch then will be on my way

Love love love!!
Lms
Xxx

Anonymous said...

Ahh is your child more beautiful than the pictures?:).

Even a lot of the top hotels are basic compared to Western standards! We found a cockroach in our kettle at the Hilton??? But if its clean and comfortable thats the main thing.

Thinking of you
Love S, T and I

3cmum said...

Hi Janet

So glad all is okay. Can't believe you've met her already!!!

BIG congrats etc.

Basic is as basic does so long as you are there with your daughter anything will do.

Can't wait to hear more.

Carrie

Anonymous said...

Wow, Wow, Wow, what more do I need to say.

I am so jealous of Auntie Baby Sis and expect lots of cuddles when she comes home (baby that is). Enjoy your time with her.

Love
Little Sis

Rob,Dawn,Catherine and Iain said...

We are so excited for you. I can only think of one word when I think of how you must have felt when you saw her for the first time. Breathless. Love Dawn

Lisa A said...

Oh Janet!!!!! How thrilling! What an amazing experience! I bet you didn't want to let her go! And I'm sure Sunday will be so hard being so close to her and not being able to see her! Must be torture! I'm so very happy for you my friend!!! Wow...thinking of you so often! Be safe and enjoy every second...thinking of you. Love, Lisa A

Anonymous said...

We want photos and trip reports!
I know you'll be keeping us updated on the trips to the orphanage and getting through the system there but of the other stuff. The hotel, the food, the weather, the city, the music, yes bring back some music ;-)
Enjoy your stay it'll be over too soon.

Baby Bro

Rosie said...

How wonderful.You must be feeling tired and emotional.So much to do.I bet you can't believe its happening!!
Glad there is a connection out there.It must be a different world.I've been watching a program on BBC 1 about Ethiopia,it opens ones eyes.
Hope everything goes as planned.It will be very hard to leave her,but it will all be worth it.

Anonymous said...

Janet i have missed so much a huge congratulations so excited for you xx cant wait to hear more .Lara

Rosie said...

Janet,
Hope you are ok and everything is proceeding as it should!
Waiting to hear news!!!


OUR ETHIOPIAN ADOPTION TIMELINE


25th May 2009 - See New Child again & Court Date

23rd May 2009 - Fly back to Ethiopia

26th March 2009 - Fly to Ethiopia :-)

3rd March 2009 - Dossier Arrived at Orphanage

26th February 2009 - Dossier sent to Ethiopia

22nd December 2008 - Dossier back at DCSF

28th November 2008 - Certificate of Eligibility ISSUED

6th October 2008 - PASSED Approval Panel

7th July 2008 - Homestudy Update Started

28th Feb 2008 - Told LA we wished to change country

OUR CHINA ADOPTION TIMELINE

Formally withdrew from the China Adoption Programme 17th July 2008

LID (Logged in Date) with CCAA 16th August 2007

Documents to China 10th August 2007

Passed Approval Panel 5th March 2007

Homestudy started 6th June 2006

First Contact with our LA 1st Jan 2006