My lack of much blogging this week is absolutely related to the fact that my body has no idea what time zone it is in. Since returning from Ethiopia, which is 8 hours ahead of my home time, I have this exhaustion that hits at 8 or 9pm every night, a time that is typically a high-energy time for me as I am a night-owl. I am also waking up at 5am every day, but since I am not a morning person by nature I really just have no idea what a person is to do at 5am. Maybe I should just start blogging at 5am!
Nearly the whole time we were in Ethiopia I had no trouble falling asleep at night but I'd wake up around 1am wide awake and not be able to go back to sleep for hours!
But the sleep woes are a small price to pay for what was such an amazing trip!
Walking into a care point in rural Ethiopia to see so many children lined up singing for us is something I will never forget!
Playing soccer with this happy band of giggling kids is one of my favorite memories of the trip:
And this monkey eating an ice cream cone? Priceless!!
Although he is a very naughty monkey because he stole that ice cream from a little girl eating outside at a restaurant. But, the waiter brought her another one. And the monkey ate that thing just like you or I would, first licking the ice cream on top and then eating the cone -- truly amazing to watch!! In Ethiopia, monkeys run wild and seem to be like squirrels are to us where we live. It was just us outsiders that were mesmerized by the monkeys, the locals were like, "So what? We see them all the time and really they are just pests!"
But, the reason we went to Ethiopia and the reason we'll keep going back and keep giving to reputable organizations helping people in Ethiopia, is illustrated by this:
You don't come face to face with children like that and not leave changed. In the words of my 11 year old son when asked what he thought about his time with the children in the sites where we hope there will be care points, "It makes me want to help them."
Happy Friday Friends!