Ethiopia, Day 2 – Toukoul to see Josanna

We slept well last night and feel much better today. Still a bit groggy though. After a much needed shower, we ate breakfast: eggs, toast, and coffee. Our driver Ephrium then drove us to Toukoul to see Josanna for the first time. It only took about 10 minutes by car. The driving is crazy–only a few stop signs and mostly just going fast and going in and out of other drivers. As we approached the blue gates of Toukoul, the driver honked and the gate keeper opened the gates. There were kids playing soccer and riding a scooter in the cement court yard. We were taken to a waiting room while the caregivers got Josanna. A woman brought her in and handed her to us. Josanna looked at us and smiled. She is so adorable and looked just like the photos that I have looked at every day for the last three months. She snuggled right in when I held her. She smiled a lot and looked around. Never cried. She thought that Jim was really funny and liked to grab his face and laughed when he played peak-a-boo with her. She seemed to love just being held. Josanna is really small and seemed quite weak, but overall seemed bright eyed and a happy baby. It was surreal being able to finally meet our daughter and hold her. Can’t wait to go tomorrow and see her again. We only got to visit with her for about 1/2 hour before the caregiver came back and took her and told her to say “bye-bye to momma and daddy”. She is so precious. I am so looking forward to bringing Josanna home and making her a part of our family.
We had a big thunder and lightening storm this evening. Jim said it was our 4th of July fireworks. 🙂

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