Friday, January 15, 2010

29 Days before we leave for Africa--

We are so Lucky to be working closely with our Adoption Agency,
Wide Horizons For Children. They have been amazing from day we signed with them. I'm so glad we choose them, as there are many great agencies out there. Not only have they have always gone above and beyond for us, they are now playing a HUGE part in helping us plan our trip back to our daughter's birth country. They have offered us a room at their guest house, they have notified Fasika's family that we are coming!! They have arranged transportation and a translator. Mulat who is employed by WHFC will be picking us up at the airport late Saturday night. We feel so spoiled-- they are so amazing.

I can't even express what a relief this is for us-- I was overwhelmed with all the planning and making the proper arrangements. Our main goal is to visit Fasika's family and deliver our donations to the village of Aleta Wondo-- now, thanks to WHFC we will be able to do this with ease and enjoy our visit and take everything amazing Ethiopia has to offer.

So far our week looks like:
Saturday: arrive Addis 7:30 pm
Sunday: spend the day at the orphanage
Monday: Tour Addis
Tuesday: Leave for Aleta Wondo at 4 a.m., arrive 7 a.m. & spend the day with Fasika's family.
Wednesday: Spend the day in Aleta Wondo, say goodbye to Fasika's family, leave late Wednesday night.
Thursday: Spend the day at the orphanage
Friday: coffee ceremony and say our goodbyes. Flight out at 10:30 p.m.

Did I mention that we are going to be in Ethiopia the same week that Group #89 is there picking up their children!? I can't believe it's been 21 months since I traveled in group #62 to pick up Fasika. 21 months... just doesn't seem possible.

29 days and counting......


  1. Hi Valerie:

    I just found your blog and I'm so excited to follow your trip to Africa. I will be in Eth the week before you to pick up my son, Bereket. He is from the same village as your daughter! I will not be able to travel to Aleto Wendo but would love to see pictures from your trip when you return. I'll be stalking your blog for photos and every detail of your trip there. :)

  2. That is so wonderful. We were in group #42 in 2007. Wide Horizons has also been wonderful as we plan our future trip (adopting twins through another agency...led to the orphanage that WHFC doesn't work with). Praying for a safe a beautiful journey for you guys!

  3. I am so excited for your trip and I cannot wait to hear all of your news when you get back home. Take tons of photos:) Fasika must be so excited!!!