Today was amazing, heartbreaking, beautiful, and difficult all rolled into one. Again, I will not share details online, but suffice it to say it was one of the most memorable days of my life.
When I arrived at the restaurant for breakfast, Kerri informed me that she had been sick all night. Kiersten was sick as well. :( We checked out of our hotel rooms and left our luggage at the front desk while we went back to Foten. The work was progressing...windows were being installed, the bedrooms had been painted, and masonry work now filled in some of the gaps in the walls.
Then, I was so honored and privileged to meet the twins' birth family! I had met their birth mother twice before, but this time I was also able to meet more of their extended family. Absolutely amazing!!!!
It was so interesting to learn more about my boys. Jalen's left-handedness comes from his father. Both boys used to love to play basketball in Gambella (when they had just turned 2!). They also used to play in the empty building at Foten....the very building I worked in all week! They used to live right beside it, on the other side of the fence. The most amazing thing to me was this: my boys' birth family and Sintayehu's birth mom live right beside each other. Only God could take 3 neighbor boys from the same remote village in the most isolated region of Ethiopia and bring them halfway around the world to Ohio, where they would be cousins!
We had a wonderful visit, and Kerri took many photos of us together. How precious it was to hold Jalen and Jordan's little brother and kiss his cheeks! He looks so much like Jalen, and gave me a glimpse of what my boys looked like at that age.