We were the last couple to be called from our group. The Crums and the Veals both received good news, and the clerk came out and called for us. The judge was very young and pretty. She asked us to sit and she began asking us some questions. She had a very gentle tone and smiled. I had already decided that I was going to let Vince answer for us. I was too afraid that once I began to speak, I would begin crying and not be able to stop. She asked us how many biological children we have and if they are happy about us adopting. She also asked if we had studied the Ethiopian culture and had the necessary training. She also asked if we had met our sons. After answering everything, she looked at us and smiled and said "Congratulations, they are yours"! It was such a relief! I immediately began to cry. Such a joyous time! We knew at that point that Yonas and Yosef were officially our children.
The front of the building
Not a very good picture, but we were giving the thumbs up!
Ready to celebrate
We spent all day Wednesday driving all over Addis and was able to see some amazing things. Woudneh was a wonderful host. We had an amazing time with him. Here are some pictures of our day.
This was our group with our driver, Yonas. I loved driving around Addis. The following is something I wrote in my journal while riding with him.
"Our driver has been wonderful! He is a very good driver and a bit stubborn. We found that he does not back down. It is thrilling to ride around cars and cutting out in front of traffic. Everyone here uses their horn to let you know they are coming. That means you better watch out! They don't really follow traffic laws, but we did see someone getting a ticket today."
We went back to our hotel to spend some down time before leaving. We enjoyed coffee and having some time to sit down and talk with Woudneh. We were sad to see our time come to an end, but I was so ready to get home to Abby and Gracie!
This is Daniel, one of our servers at our hotel. Vince spent a good amount of time getting to know him. We have been keeping in touch. Hopefully we will be able to see him when we go back. We invited him to come stay with us if he ever makes it to the US.
Finally on our way home.