I'll just cut to the chase. We have an embassy date next Thursday, just like we wanted. We have booked flights home, leaving Addis the night of October 25th and arriving in Kansas City the evening of October 26th. Tomorrow we return to our agency's guest house, where we have our very own bathroom. (And the angels sang, and the peasants rejoiced!) We are happy and blessed. When all is said and done, we will have spent thirty days in Addis. I suddenly feel like that's not long enough, like I don't know enough about Ethiopia to properly convey to my daughter what her home country is like.
At the same time, we are so ready to get home, to stop living out of suitcases, to slip back into the ease of knowing how to get what we need when we need it. I am ready to cook our own meals and do our own laundry and sit in my very own chair while my daughter plays.
I am ready to see her sink into her new life, to move through the hard parts where everything is new to her and we still don't understand each other all that well. I am ready to give her a bath in our own bathtub, where the water always works, and she won't have to stand there scrubbing her tummy while we wait for it to come back. I am ready to just be her mother at home instead of in someone else's space.
It's going to be hard, I know this, but it is going to be good. It is going to be so, so good.
After today our internet will be very limited. We will try to check in at least once next week. If you don't hear from us, know that we are collecting stories to tell you once we get back. We look forward to being more present to all of you then.
So let's hear it for October 26th! HOORAY!