The days on the long road of one families Ethiopian Adoption

This blog started out as a way to record the twists, turns, highs and lows in my families journey to adopt siblings from Ethiopia. Now our children are home and we have just finished celebrating our first year as a family.

I'm Kimberly (or Fendesha), an adventurous person who aspires to be a vagabond- but for now- I spend all of my free time travelling and my down time thinking of travelling. I'm a mom of 3 (the oldest being my gorgeous canine companion), a IT project manager, and on occasion I find myself the primary writer of this blog.


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

September or November in Addis...

I have to make a choice as to when to fly to Ethiopia-fellow bloggers- help me. When would you go?
September:
Pros:

  • There to celebrate the new year
  • There for school starting
  • rains will have just stopped- should be beautiful
  • little "host" brother likely to be in town
Cons:
  • family will be busy with school starting
  • rains will have recently stopped-travelling outside of Addis a bit more challenging but beautiful I'm sure
  • will miss Debritu's first day of preschool-although she'll have started the summer program. 
November:
Pros:
  • friends from the local adoptive community will also be in town
  • Family will be less busy with their personal schedules
  • roads will be more "travel" friendly outside of addis
Cons:
  • will have to take a break from my "newly" started job  (with any luck)
  • no holidays
  • close to our holidays
  • host brother will not be there

Either way, I'm nervous about my trip this year because I have "nothing" of helping Ethiopia to show for my time here at home.  I hope everyone will understand that this was the first year I brought my kids home and that it was a lot harder to bring them into our lives than I had anticipated. I'm sure they will but I'm still anxious. I'm also broke-and with a gift culture - i'm a bit nervous because the gifts I'll be bringing will also be limited..after all-somebody else has gifted me my plane ticket to make it possible for me to even be there this year. (that's an amazing story all of it's own and I'm so grateful to be able to keep my word and still go to ethiopia yearly even though it looked like it wasn't going to happen this year. Miracles do happen!!).

What are your thoughts?  September or November???




6 comments:

kristine said...

For us September is our most difficult month. The beginning of kindergarten, and then first grade required a lot of family time.

so if there is any school looming, I would vote go in November.

That said, I have a wonderful child who happens to become very stressed with transitions like a new classroom - so my case might be unique.

Whenever you go it will be wonderful!

Evelyn said...

November. Sounds like your kids will be in a regular routine by then. Happy travels!

eastiopians said...

How exciting either way! We hope to travel to Ethiopia every 2 years...maybe we'll bump into one another "across the way" one day. :)

Theresa

Nikki said...

September- it would be incredible to celebrate the new year!

Fendesha said...

Decision is made. I'll be going in September and looking heavily for work on my return home. Good news- I get to be there for New Year, Start of the school year there and will be visiting with some different NGO's this year! Can't wait!!!!

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