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Six years ago, we arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a family of four. The next day we were a family of five… at least on paper. In reality, you don’t just snap your fingers and “become” family. It takes time and shared experiences — lots of both. The good, the bad, and the mundane.

Was she a cute baby or what?

Was she a cute baby or what?

Back at the guesthouse where we spent our first few days together.

Back at the guesthouse where we spent our first few days together.

This week, we returned to Addis as a family of five, having shared every minute of every day together over the past six months+. We know each other inside out. The good, the bad and the quirky. We have a shorthand with each other that is quite profound.

For a number of reasons, it hasn’t been an easy week. In fact, Addis is not an easy city. It’s gritty. It’s crowded. Even simple tasks are challenging. And the poverty. It can overshadow the vibrant spirit of the beautiful people here. 

The Mercato - the largest market in Africa

The Mercato – the largest market in Africa

Looking out from the Taitu Hotel (the oldest hotel in Ethiopia)

Looking out from the Taitu Hotel (the oldest hotel in Ethiopia)

But it’s so much easier than it was six years ago. We’re not struggling to find our balance as a family. And having spent so much time in developing countries, often in very basic accommodations, our standards have shifted. The guesthouse that seemed kind of grungy six years ago is now our oasis. We love it here. It hasn’t changed. We have.  

Staying at the Weygoss Guesthouse brought back so many memories

Staying at the Weygoss Guesthouse again brought back so many memories…

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Tomorrow we set off to tour northern Ethiopia. Later in the month, we’ll visit the area where Meskerem was born and reconnect with her birth family. It’s exciting and overwhelming at the same time. And we’ll experience it together as a family of five.

Taking care of these three in Addis was a challenge

Taking care of these three in Addis was a challenge

Now all grown up

Much easier now that they are all grown up

Visiting Rico's restaurant on Bole Road this week brought back a lot of memories for Karl

Visiting Rico’s on Bole Road this week brought back a lot of memories for Karl

Rico's six year's ago

Eating cheerios in Rico’s six year’s ago.

Playing ball in the Weygoss compound

Playing ball and making friends in the Weygoss compound

Back playing soccer again at the Weygoss

Back playing soccer again at the Weygoss

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8 thoughts on “6

  1. Mason Brown

    Best post ever… Miss you guys a lot!

    • Gloria

      Thanks, Mason! We miss you too. Looking forward to seeing you in the new year!

  2. grandma

    We remember so well the days in Addis Ababa and meeting the newest member of the family Meskerem. Seeing the old photos from then brought tears to our eyes and memories flooding back. Wish we could be there with you at the Weygoss guest house and Ice Blue Restaurant on the Bole Road. Love Grandpa & Grandma (as usual from Grandma’s house!!).

    • Gloria

      Hi! Addis has changed so much and yet is so much the same. We’ve eaten at Ricos and Ice Blue multiple times already. In fact, the poor delivery guy from Ice Blue is probably a bit tired of us (having to now cross 8 lanes of traffic on Bole with a huge tray of our food — they widened it a ton!)

      Love to you, G

  3. Wow!

  4. How does Meskie feel about being back?

    • Gloria

      Hi, Sandra! Meskie’s very happy to be in her home country and looking forward to meeting her birth father (‘though I’m not sure she processes everything that it means). It’s good to be here, but also quite hard. Ethiopians are very resilient people!

  5. sdlc

    Hola…Well, as I sit here with tears streaming down my face I am at a loss for words. I can hear what a powerful journey being there has been and look forward to hearing more as you tour, and as Meskie reconnects with her birth family! Blessings…smile…Abbie

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