At 9:30 this morning, Danny picked us up and took us to Hannah's Hope for the last time on this trip. We played with the boys, cherishing each moment of our time together. We sat with them while they ate their lunch, and then rocked them both to sleep.
We held them for a long time while they slept, and then put them in their beds. After awhile, we woke them up and just cuddled them until it was time to go. Everyone else was going to stay until later in the afternoon, but Chris, Shana and I had to head south to Ziway to meet up with Gary and Peggy Ifft, missionaries who run 3 schools and a home for vulnerable children. We took a few group photos, and then said a tearful goodbye. We squeezed "O" and "U" tightly, whispered "Ewedhalhu" (I love you) about a dozen times, and smothered their little cheeks in kisses. "We will come back," I told them. "Soon we'll be back and we'll take you home with us for good!"
Danny drove us back to the hotel, where we checked out and met Raj, the driver that would take us to Ziway. We loaded everything into his car, and after getting gas, we headed south out of the city. It was a dirty, smelly ride with lots of traffic. Because there was no air conditioning, we rode with the windows down. However, every car and truck we saw that day needed an oil change badly, and we breathed in fumes the whole way. We did get to experience the beautiful Ethiopian countryside, though! We drove through many small villages, and even got to see monkeys climbing some trees by a river! Many people were walking beside the road - some had just come from the market, others were herding animals, and still others were carrying huge jugs of water. In Africa, the people sometimes have to walk for miles to find a water source, and even then the water is not safe to drink. We also saw LOTS of huge termite mounds!