Thursday, May 8, 2008

Dreamland



I'm going way out of order here but I just wanted to post something uplifting tonight. These photos were shot on our way to one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to - Dreamland - which is about an hour and a half outside of Addis Ababa. It is a restaurant with a gorgeous view of Ethiopia's first crater lake. I didn't quite get the whole idea behind a crater lake but I think it's something about this mountain was a volcano and is now a serene and lovely lake in a mountain. Just awesome.

We had a great dinner there that night with Belay, one of the families we had traveled with and 2 additional families who had just arrived and met their babies. It was a blast. And funny to be the 'experts' at the whole parenting in Ethiopia dilemna, after 9 days on the job. This was our last night in Addis, and what a way to spend it. Breathtaking.

Pretty much right now we feel like we are living in Dreamland...things are not perfect. Noah Arone fusses, cries and poops...and sometimes he does more than his fair share of each of these things and makes no apologies. BUT he is the single most amazing thing that has ever happened to us. And if I didn't know this was all real, I would say it's a dream. It's that good. Crazy good.

7 comments:

me said...

Hi Angie,
Congratulations on little Noah - he is absolutely beautiful! We just received our referral for a beautiful little girl through Gladney two days ago! If you could send me your e-mail I would love to 'talk' to you and see if you met our little angle while you were there.
Maureen (mostan@aol.com)

crazy thorne's said...

Welcome home! My email address is pam@thornemail.com Looks like you all had an amazing trip and you are adjusting into motherhood just fine! congratulations

Katie McFadden said...

Wow Ange, thank for sharing all the great pictures! I hope our family is able to see Dreamland in person when we eventually make our trip to ET! So wonderful to hear how much you are loving motherhood!

Hugs, Katie

LISA said...

Welcome home!! Your sister did a great job keeping all us blog addicts happy.Looking forward to more pics and stories.
Congratulations!!

Rebecca said...

Trying to catch up on the blog reading!

First of all. AMAZING. You are. Thank you sooo much for the Mother's Day gift! It's the best EVER! I love them and just went over to my friends house to show all of them! I wanted to burst into tears!

Can't wait to get travel tips and advice from the experienced mom and Ethiopia traveler!! I love Noah sooo much and hope we get to meet him in August! (Cross your fingers that we can make it to the blog union!!)

Heart's Journey said...

Hi Angela;

Congratulations on becoming a family and Happy Mother's Day! I learned of the Kolfe Boys through reading various Ethiopian Adoption Blogs. Several people have expressed a desire to make a difference in the lives of these boys. (for one, read jobsdaughters.blogspot.com - someone commented in this woman's last blog that a woman's ministry at church may be able to help - saramixon@yahoo.com). As I daydream, I can't help but think collectively we can surely make a difference. Sometimes it can be hard to know how to start...

Tracy

Tami said...

Wow...what an amazing trip you had. I can't wait to say those words. Crazy good. I'm so happy for you!