First a couple weeks ago, we stopped by the Mehaber (an event for Ethiopian adoptive families put on by our agency) on our way up north for our vacation. We met up with one other family part of our travel group that we had not seen since we returned home. Pete, Paula, Michael and Sid, after all we experienced with them in Ethiopia, will always feel like family to us. We just wish we didn't have to cut our visit so short.
We also met many families that I recognized from the forum and spent a few minutes talking to Tanya and Eric and their 2 boys - so good to see their family again too! Again, wish we could have hung out longer but we had a 4 hour drive waiting for us.
Another fun moment for our family was when we recognized an older boy from the orphanage when we picked up Samson. We introduced ourselves to the family and both Samson and the Solomon remembered each other. It was clear by the looks on the boys' faces that they were a little confused.
Samson's favorite part of the event:
Free hair braiding:
Our agency had this beautiful display at a booth. So many items that brought back so many memories of Ethiopia.
Then, finally....our vacation up north!!! There is no place like Ely!!! We went boating, skiing, swimming, hiking, grilled, made smores over a wood burning fireplace, took very few showers, spent time in the Word, put together puzzles, played games, relaxed, napped, fished, sat in the sauna, shopped, drank coffee and watched beautiful sun sets.