Thursday, September 24, 2009
Posted by Amber at 9/24/2009 06:44:00 PM
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Today was a pretty relaxed day for the most part. We didn't have
anywhere we had to be until noon. Then we went to the Transition Home
to do our care packages/photos, donations, and gifts. I loved being
able to take pictures of the kids for other families! Coffmans- your
little girl is SO incredibly beautiful and sweet. She followed me
around the rest of the time I was there and just hugged me and kept
her arm around me. I loved it. :) Your son was gone to the dr.
getting a check up, so she opened up the care package and just lit up!
She loved everything you sent! We got some wonderful pictures and
video for you! Then your son came back and we got some pics of him as
well, but they had already put the care package away but said they
would give him his things. Both of your kids have such gorgeous eyes
and eyelashes! Setliffes- Your daughter is of course gorgeous! She
was giving me the stare down at first, but warmed up after awhile. I
finally got some smiles when I tickled her belly. She really liked
that! Later she saw me across the room and I just had to smile and
got one back. What a sweetheart she is! I read her your note and she
really loved the rattle you sent. I passed on lots of kisses for you!
We got video for you too! Butlers- Your little boy was also gone to
get his check up, so I only got a few moments to take his picture. He
was not happy to have a stranger in his face clicking away! But when
the nanny held him he was consoled quickly. He looked like he was
maybe feeling under the weather, and maybe had the chicken pox.
Almost all of the kids are sick with runny noses/coughs. He is such a
cutie! Those eyes of his, my goodness! He was very happy on our
first day there when we met our son. I sat on the floor and played
peek-a-boo with him and got some big, big smiles! We got video for
you today too, but he will be crying in some of it. I think we scared
him a little, sorry!
Today was a little rough at times with Silas. He is just not feeling
well. We could obviously tell that and have him on the antibiotic
that we brought. Today the TH dr. told us that he has a double ear
infection, bronchitis, and a severe diaper rash. Poor baby! Please
pray with us that the medication does it's work quickly or the plane
ride will be very hard on his little ears. He yanks on them all day.
I could also tell he was grieving today. Just looking around crying
with nothing to console him. His world has been turned upside down!
Most of the time though he is such a happy boy! Smiling, laughing,
being silly. All of the nannies there LOVED him! They all wanted
pictures with him and want us to send them all to them. They were so
sweet and just kissed him nonstop. :) It was a wonderful experience
there and the nannies were so happy to see him have a family.
After the TH visit we did some shopping. (We were told we'd have
lunch but never did. Future travelling families, always have snacks
in your bags just in case! You never know how your schedule might
change. So glad I had our CLIF bars.). It was fun to shop and find
neat things. It is hard to see all of the beggers and street kids.
One of the little boys followed us everywhere. We just loved him! He
is one of the boys that our guide, Robel, helps care for. He yelled
our names as we drove away on the bus. He had one of the best smiles
I've ever seen! I wish we could have stayed longer just to hang out
Tomorrow we will be visiting the orphanges and I think do some more
shopping. We are also praying to hear word from the Embassy tomorrow
about some of the families who are hung up with paperwork. Please
pray! They did find someone to help advocate for them and have seen
Sorry we haven't posted pictures but our internet access has been very
spotty. I promise to post lots once we're home! Speaking of home, we
can't wait to be there!!! But we are LOVING Ethiopia...the sights,
sounds, people, food, etc. We are also so thankful that Phil and I
are still healthy. Praying that continues!
We have had power every day that we've been here! It did go out for a
few minutes tonight but came back on. We might have a no power day
tomororw so we'll just have to wait and see if we can update. Thank
you all for your prayers. Can't wait to be home in just a few days!!!
Posted by philwing at 9/16/2009 03:57:00 PM
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
He is officially ours, forever!!!
Today was a great, but very long and dramatic day.
Early this morning, we went to the transition home to pick up our
children. Then we immediately drove to the Embassy to have all of our
official paperwork finalized and to get Silas' visa. Well, after
waiting about an hour, they told us that they simply weren't ready for
our group yet so we all had to come back later. Not that big of a
deal, but a little bit of a letdown. So, we had lunch at a local
place, the Zebra Grill, which was an interesting combination of
Italian & Mexican (as in, a burrito with marinara sauce on top),
pretty good though. Then, straight back to the Embassy. After
waiting in line for another hour or so, Amber and I were the first
from our group to be interviewed. It went great! It only took about 5
min and we were done and Silas' visa was approved. That meant that
everything was done for us to be able to bring him home...that's an
amazing amount of refreshing right there! Of our 8 families in the
group, 5 passed just fine. 3 are having some pretty big paperwork
issues - PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM! There were lots of tears and prayers
being said as those 3 families were told that they may not be able to
take their kids home with them. AGAIN, PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM!
Our day with Silas has been wonderful! He is the happiest child ever!
He is hugging and laughing and playing and...uh, just awesome! He
wasn't eating so well today as he didn't like our formula. So, after
only having 1 bottle at 9am, we had to go back to the transition home
to get the specific formula they gave him...we got that at about
6:30pm and he ate it around 8pm. So, yeah, not much food for him
today, but tomorrow looks to be better! Even with little food, he was
not grumpy at all. He didn't much care for the antibiotic we gave
him, but he was still able to take it.
We're missing Gibson & Maya terribly. We just wish they could meet
their new little brother...soon enough I guess. Please give them lots
of kisses and squeezes for us! (thankfully, Amber was able to talk to
them on the phone for a few minutes today!)
Now we are unbelievably exhausted and gonna try to turn in early (it's
about 9pm here). We love you guys and thank you so much for your
prayers. You guys are a huge part of getting us here and we will
never forget that!
Hopefully we'll get another update out tomorrow. G'night...or, for
those of you in the midwest, good afternoon. :)
phil (and Amber)
Posted by philwing at 9/15/2009 03:48:00 PM
Sunday, September 13, 2009
We are here!!! After a very long journey with a few delayed flights,
we made it. We haven't slept much so we are very tired and ready for
bed. We are on the third floor, so with the elevation you get to the
top winded! We also were expecting to have a kitchenette and suite in
our room, but we do not have a room like that. Just a bed and bath.
We will make it work, just different than expected. We will have to
come downstairs to the kitchen when we have to make bottles or heat
anything else. There are several other families here from our agency
with the Rwanda program with their kids. One couple here is the first
blog I ever followed from AWAA when they adopted their son from
Ethiopia two years ago. Now they were picking up girls from Rwanda.
Just a fun surprise!
We are off to bed! We have to get up early. We want to be rested and
ready to love on our sweet boy tomorrow!!!
Posted by philwing at 9/13/2009 04:44:00 PM
Friday, September 11, 2009
We will be on a plane in 24 hrs...on our way to Silas! We are so excited, but still have plenty of things to keep us busy until we leave. Gibson and Maya will be spending the week by splitting their time with both of our parents. I know they will miss us, but I have a feeling they will be spoiled in a big way while we're gone. :)
Arrive at the airport. Check into guest house and try to get some sleep!
Morning – Complete paperwork
Afternoon – Eat lunch. Go meet Silas Yegermal! Spend the rest of the day at the Transition Home with him.
Evening: Dinner at traditional Ethiopian dinner
Morning- Shopping at the markets
Afternoon- Lunch and then back to Transition Home. Take Silas Yegermal with us for good! It's also my birthday! :)
Evening- Dinner on our own at hotel
Day 4 / Wednesday
Morning- on your own at hotel until we leave for the Embassy
Afternoon – Embassy appointment. Shopping.
Evening – dinner on your own at hotel
Day 5 / Thursday
Morning – Spend the morning visiting Kids Care Orphanage
Afternoon - Lunch and then visit Gelgela Orphanage
Evening – dinner on your own at hotel
Day 6 / Friday
Morning and Afternoon – whatever we want/need to do.
We will be updating as much as possible while we are gone and however time/internet connection allows. You can check here, our facebooks, or Phil's twitter for updates!!!
(find me on fb: Amber Stenger Wing. phil's twitter: twitter.com/philwing)
Posted by Amber at 9/11/2009 02:52:00 PM
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
It is Tuesday night and we are leaving on an airplane on Saturday afternoon. I can't believe it's so close! I am running around like a crazy lady doing house projects, laundry, phone calls, trips to the bank, lots of Target runs...the list goes on and on. I haven't started officially packing yet, and I probably won't until Thursday. I do have everything set aside and I know what I need to take.
Posted by Amber at 9/08/2009 10:17:00 PM