We are the Snyder family and ... we are different

This is the story of our journey to our daughter in Ethiopia. God is preparing our family for her and preparing her heart to come home to her family. We chose the difficult road of trusting and obeying God. It is worth every step!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Our second day together started out better than the first.  Instead of waking up to a stunned zombie we woke up to smiles.  She went potty and then cuddled in bed with us for a few minutes before we got ready to head down to breakfast.  It was a little cooler that morning so we made sure to have her jacket with us.  Tuesday we knew we were meeting the doctor and psychologist at the transition home as well as taking care of our care packages and photo releases.  We were a little unsure of how she would react to going back to the transition home as we had heard from previous families that some of the children reacted very negatively to going back.  When we pulled up a huge smile broke out across her face and she was anxious to see her friends.  It was nice that she got to play on familiar ground again.  The equipment was much more worn since our stay in April, even the beloved merry-go-round was broken.  Aliya was much more adventurous this time on the equipment compared with last time.  She had figured out how to work the swing of death by herself.  She also knew how to go down the slide by herself, this slide rivals an incline of any cliff.  She also learned how to hang upside down from the monkey bars.

We talked to the psychologist and gave him the books that Brad Mowen had given us for him.  We talked about the transition with her and her brothers, we know that it will not be an easy road.  The doctor told us of her medical conditions since entering the transition home and checked her ears and breathing again.  There were two nursing interns there from the University of Virginia who looked in Aliya's ears also becaues they don't see very many clear ears and hers are great.  We handed the transition home a duffle full of donations and I made the mistake of getting out a few cars from a couple of the boys that have their family here.  I was trying to be discreet but obviously not enough because suddenly I was swarmed by kids from all over the yard digging their hands into the bags of cars pulling out as many as they could hold.  Eventually some of the nannies came out and dispersed the crowd.  They made all the kids put back all the cars, which I felt bad for becaue they could have each had one.  After all the kids went back to the classroom I got a couple cars out again for the two boys because the nanny even made them give them back.  A few minutes later we were directed into the classroom where the children were lined up and had to apologize to us and to Aliya for acting that way.  Aliya told them in Amharic, "you should not act like that again."  It made us all laugh.  We then gave the care packages to our friends the Seevers' children.  Absolutely adorable!  Then took photos for the Bosmans and Rowells.  All the kids are so beautiful and precious.  Dustin even got some video of it and with the internet being somewhat fast now we were able to send them all to the fmailies after we got home that night.  It is such a blessing to get to do that for other families.  We were blessed many times by familis doing it for us and I remember wanting to get them as quickly as possible :) 

When it was time to leave the transition home the girls were all lined up ready to head back for lunch.  Aliya kissed each one of the goodbye as they left and kissed a couple of them several times.  I was so happy that she got to say goodbye to them since she didn't really do it when we took her out.

We ate lunch at Makush, this fantastic restaurant that has an art gallery.  There was another group of adoptive families from AGCI there as well, must be the tourist spot :)  Then it was off to the orphanages to take the rest of our donations.  We went to Abeneezer which was not one we had visited before.  It was really special because another family from a different agency was actually picking up their baby girl that day.  The kids all had on traditional Ethiopian shirts on and they were having a special birthday/farewell party for the little girl.  A woman from their agency gave a little presentation and the entire thing was videotaped for them.  It was so cool to be part of that.  We found out that the family was from California and they had gotten their referral in September.  We gave a bag full of baby items as well as cars and granola bars to all the older kids.  After that we picked up a family at the transition home and headed for KVI to give out more cars and granola bars as well as the pillowcase dresses and t-shirts we brought from missional mamas.  Our time there was very short and nicely enough they obliged us by having the kids put some of the dresses and t-shirts on.  It was very sweet of them to do that for us.  Going to the orphanages is always hard.  It breaks my heart to see all of the kids there.  I just want to take them all home.  I wish that everyone who questioned adoption could visit an orphanage because they would NEVER question it again.  It is giving a child that is deemed for death new hope and life.

We had some terrific lasagna back at the guest house for dinner and then got ready for bed.  Aliya did not get a nap in that day so we put her to bed a little early.  She went to bed without anyone laying next to her.  Although I will say that there is no longer any polish on her left thumbnail from her sucking it off.  Hopefully as time goes by she will be comforted enough in her environment that she won't have to do that :)

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I will continue to update.  Tomorrow may not be as exciting because we have decided to relax since we have been pretty busy since we arrived.


Anonymous said...

My heart is so full of gratitude, your last photo is two of our three daughters we are waiting to adopt. Thank you so much

Kris Schmid