I brought the computer with me to dinner to continue a bit. There is really so much to tell that I don't even know where to begin. I may get brave and try to post a picture, but that can be such a long process that I risk losing a connection as it loads.
We visited Selah's orphanage yesterday and Bella's today. As I said, Bella was turned in by her mother at around one month of age. After being in Ethiopia, I am so, so frustrated by things I read on the Ethiopian sites about babies being recruited for adoption, etc. While I'm sure that may happen in isolated incidents all over the globe, I have personally viewed abandoned babies and they are abundant. At different orphanages, I hear the same story over and over from different workers. Today they casually pointed to a one week old baby girl and commented that she was the little girl that someone had just found in a shed. I have stared at the TINY, tiny malnourished babies that they police have brought into the home we are staying at and am angry that people will spread the untruth that there are not babies that need adoption in Ethiopia. I would love to say so much more, but I will move on.
Selah and Bella are doing wonderfully and I think I understand their lives so much clearer. I am amazed at Bella's personality; she has been to the transition home about four times total because the orphanage would send her for better medication when she got sick over the last two years; she was moved for the last time within days of us claiming her (because they already loved her and wanted her there). She is the friendliest two year old and jabbers in her language at the workers when they pass. She politely kisses me on each cheek and turns for me to return the favor when we part.
Selah has cried the last two times I have left her; while it makes me sad, it shows that she is attaching to us and really is a good sign. While Bella kisses on me, Selah puffs her face in a pout because we are leaving her. It's amazing how different they are, yet they sing and dance the same little number and it is so cute! I can't wait to post it on YouTube.
It's kind of hard to leave tomorrow, but I really miss my crew at home also! I am hoping to get some sleep tonight after I attempt to wash pollution beyond America's comprehension out of my hair from spending five hours on the road to Nazaret and back. I am also hoping that there is Wifi at the airport because they are requiring us to be there early enough that I'm sure we will have sit around time and I can post.
If there is no more Internet, I will be home Friday afternoon.