A lot has been going on in the Taylor household these past months and time is just flying by. We’re in the throws of our last 2 months in Ethiopia. I get a lump in my throat every time I think about it. We’re closing out our time with Water is Life and are looking forward to moving back to the U.S for a new season. There are a lot of unknowns in our future…where we’ll be, what we’ll be doing, but from the moment we made the decision to pack things up here, we’ve had this extraordinary peace. We’re looking forward to what God has in store down the road…a little nervous, but mostly excited.
We’re making the most of these last months here in Awassa. Every day I love this town and these people more and more…which doesn’t bode well for the inevitable goodbyes.
Ben’s been traveling a lot, which has given me the time and incentive to really invest in my relationships with other women in town. I looking forward to the day when I’m not home alone quite so much, but in the mean time, I spend most of my days wandering the streets of Awassa with Elaine in tow and having coffee at friends’ houses. I’m incredibly blessed to be surrounded by women that welcome me into their lives and love on Elaine while Ben’s away.
Here’s a little glimpse of what’s been going on in our lives over the past 2 months or so.
Elaine celebrated her 1st birthday with a big bash. She loved being the center of attention and waddled around in her traditional Ethiopian dress.
We also had a visit from some Carolina friends. Greg, Abbie, and Ashley came out for a quick whirlwind taste of Ethiopia. We loved having them here!
These ladies below were two of my dearest friends here in Awassa. They both are back in the US now, but I’m not sure I would have survived my years in Awassa without them! Those goodbyes were hard to say. I’m already looking forward to coming back for a visit!
On September 11th we celebrated the Ethiopian New Year. Hello, 2005! This holiday is a big deal here and we celebrated it with good friends and lots of food! We made three stops and filled up on our doro watt allotment for the year. It was delicious!
Elaine is growing and changing and keeping us on our toes. She’s learned how to escape from the house and twice we’ve found her outside digging in the garden and playing with the hose. She’s figured out how to open the gate on our porch, thanks to Mac’s demonstrations, and she now prefers to wander the yard solo. Thankfully we live in a gated compound, but I seriously have to get her under control before we live in a place where a baby wandering outside alone isn’t so kosher. She eats like a horse and is never ever still. Her napping skills are still atrocious, but she’s taken on the habit of sleeping in till 9, so I can’t complain. She loves guava, which is good, because that’s all that’s in season right now, and she can down 2 avocados in 1 sitting. She is the sweetest companion and I love spending my days with her.
Yesterday we celebrated my 27th birthday. Ben was home, and made sure it was a special day. He even whipped up his famous fried chicken and sweet potato biscuits. I almost felt like I was back in Charleston. I’m so glad he was home to celebrate. I felt very loved…and didn’t have to change one single diaper.
The meskal flowers were in bloom just in time for my birthday. I love this time of year. Ben hired a man to sneak into the “airport” (which is really just a fenced off field of grass) and pick these. I’m a lucky lady:)
Our internet is t.e.r.r.i.b.l.e these days. If this ever loads it will be a miracle.
Love from Awassa!