Here they are, together! The big day finally arrived when dad met his son-to-be. As I type this they are having a sleep over at the Guest House. I guess someone asked "him" if he wanted to go with his new dad for the day/night and he said "Yes". So, they hopped in the van and headed out...together :o)
Until it's "official", I can't post "his" picture on our blog, but I will post them creatively. So, they've been darkened (or lightened) as to follow the rules...but still give you a peek. I still can't believe Kyle's in Africa WITH "him"!
(ignore the dates on the camera...I was in a hurry to take the pics and didn't bother trying to set a date)
What have they been doing? Learning to play Tetras & Go Fish, eating salt water taffy, eating at Caldi's (which is the Ethiopian version of Starbucks - only with a full menu), watching short DVD's on the portable DVD player, playing soccer and tossing wrappers out the 2nd story window (guess when the world is your garbage can, it's hard to break that habit). We also packed a Color Wonder notebook and he's seemingly enjoying his new artwork. Kyle said they are doing surprisingly well communicating. Apparently he knows a lot more English than he was expecting and the best part is that we all got to hear it this morning! I can't imagine a better way to wake up. Thank you God for fixing that "stupid laptop" long enough for us to talk as a family of 7!
"He" read the girls' letters all by himself, and answered their questions on Skype. It was wonderful to hear his voice. Kyle only had to help with a couple of the words - man, is this kid smart, or what?! The best thing he said today was "I love you" with a BIG smile...after I told him I loved him. The kids all blew him kisses and Corey is surprisingly even more excited about having a new brother than I thought. It's all he's talked about today and said "I know the girls wish they could share a room with him, but I get to - ha". He then went on to talk about all the stuff he's planning to show and teach "him" when he comes home...all of which include some kind of electronic device.
The boring details would be that the flight was fine, but apparently a family congregated in the aisle where Kyle's seat was...thus hitting his chair and talking most of the flight, so he never slept. He said he's been up for 28 hours...and ready for bed. Hope "he" is tired, too! The airport was uneventful, thank goodness, his driver was there waiting for him and they went to the guest house for a few minutes, then to the care center to meet "him". Kyle said it was nice, but very crowded, and they were only there 15 minutes before leaving together.
Court is in the morning. There is 1 paperwork issue (over there, not here) and we hope it can be resolved before then. Please pray that it is...
Not sure how many more updates I'll get, or if this is it. Totally depends on the "stupid laptop". I told Kyle to play, play and play, and if it works, it works. If not, we'll get all caught up next week when he comes home.
PS) "He" comes home in 3-4 months. While we were on Skype today I asked "him" if he knew we would be coming back later to bring him home and he looked at his dad and said "three...four months". Kyle told him it was January, and then "he" held up fingers and named the months - all 12 of them - in English. So, apparently he understands we will be back...and when. And apparently he's smarter than we are, because we couldn't name the months in Amharic!
I think today would be the day this wait officially starts bugging me! So close, yet it seems so far away, you know?