|AJ's always telling Merdi how much he looks and sounds like Ludacris so this photo op was too much to pass up!|
|Filling out our exit forms... note the stack of passports|
It was our last day in Addis and although the prospect of going home was so enticing, the thought of leaving our Ethiopian family and a country we are truly in love with was, at times, too much for each of us to bear. The day was filled with packing, visiting with some friends now living in Ethiopia (Lunch at Lime Tree) and shopping outside of Yebsabi ( Note for future travelers - navigating a double stroller and three small kids along the crumbled Addis sidewalks is an adventure within itself). Eventually it was time for us to head over to the airport, Merdi insisted on taking us, and Sophia and Etienne were beside themselves as we said our goodbyes. We were all in tears and embracing... Etienne wouldn't let go of Merdi and then the moment came and we walked up the hill, passed through security, checked in and boarded our flight. We were going home and our boys were coming with us. Bittersweet yet so liberating.