One year ago this month we landed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After a long journey from California, we landed with 18 bins, 3 kids (glad we didn’t lose any), and the feeling like we just got pushed into the deep end of the pool without our floaties. I can remember the first few words out of Clayton, who was 3 at the time, was, “Look at all the trash everywhere, why don’t they just pick it up”. The look on the kids faces were priceless, but all the craziness aside, we had peace that this was now home.
In the first few weeks upon arriving, we found a home, a car, cell phone service, and somehow navigated government offices to get driving licenses and other necessary documents in order to live here. Thinking back on the early days, sleeping on foam pads in our unfurnished house, it’s crazy to realize how much has happened. This past year has been the biggest adventure in our life and it’s also been the most challenging.
As we look back at this past year and think about the year ahead, that feeling of being in the deep water isn’t as scary. We have realized that the deep water is where God intends us to live, and with Him and only Him is what keeps us afloat. It would be dishonest to say that there weren’t times when we tried to bring out the floaties to keep us going, but at the end of the day this past year has been as much about refining our own relationship with God as it has been about impacting the people in Ethiopia. After a year into our time here, we certainly feel much more at home and enjoying the adventure of Ethiopia.