"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows that we know, and holds us responsible to ACT"...Proverbs 24:12

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Last day!

We flew out to the north yesterday and spent the afternoon at the orphanage where the girls where 1st brought to.  There were alot of children there and we had fun playing and loving on them.  I have some great pics of the day that I will have to post when we get home.

The region were the girls grew up is:  beautiful, rural, farming, Mts., lush and green, clean, simple- very special. 

The greatest blessing of all was being brought to the twins home where they have lived for the past 11 years and meeting their beautiful mother.  I still am in shock from seeing where they grew up- it was truly a sticks and dirt hut less than 1/2 the size of my kitchen w/ 1 bed for the 3 of them, no electricity or running water. I cant even put into words what that was like.  While I was sitting and talking with her w/ roosters strutting past me I was consiously aware of  the fact that this was absolutly the hardest experience that I have ever walked in to.
There were moments where I lost it but I am so thankful for the strentght and peace that God has given to both Azmera and us to communicate everything that we wanted to.  We gained so much from this meeting it was absolutely priceless.   Once I process this day I would love to share more.  It was a beautiful time that I will forever cherish.

I have mixed emotions about our day tomorrow.  In one sense I am SO ready to come home and be with my kids...10 days is way too long for a mama who misses them after a few hours!
But coming home means saying goodbye to the twins after we just met and that is so hard!  They clearly understand eveything that is going on- they know we have to leave and that we will come back to bring them home with us in a couple months.  They are at an orphanage where all the children are adopted and waiting for their families to come- so they get to watch what that is like for the next couple months.  They have their photo albums to look at while they wait to get acustumed to what life may be like soon.  We included pictures of almost every room in the house- even our van and yard- hoping that the pics may help ease the culture shock.

So Thursday we spend the morning with the girls, we fly out of Ethiopia in the afternoon, we have a dreadfull layover in Dubai- we arrive there at 10 pm and our flight to JFK doesnt leave until 3 AM!  Then we fly back into time or something like that for 16 hrs. and arrive home Friday morning...phew- I'm scared!  Pray we dont crash when we get home and we are able to be alert for our excited kiddos!


Leah Good said...

Mrs. Turner,

We (and our church) have been praying for you guys this whole time. It is so excited to think of Helen and Jerusalem as official Turner's now!

I can't wait to see your pictures. We can't see the pics on your Facebook account. :(

Anyway, safe travels and God bless.


Dawn said...

I spoke with Jen from Allstate and somehow got on the topic of adoption and she lead me to your blog. Just want you to know I am praying for you to bring these two precious girls home from Ethiopia soon.

It is my heart's desire to adopt a child someday, Lord-willing.

Abundant blessings of JOY!

Dawn Morrison