Friday, July 18, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Sad good byes at the airport but a good trip. Really felt like we saw a lot of Liberia and got to know their families. I think Abegail's Dad is a great father who would do anything for his children. They are all impressive. Before we left her Mom and Dad took her aside telling her she has the opportunity every child in Liberia would love to have, work hard, make the most of it, and listen to your mother! Not sure if anything will change but I did appreciate the feeling we were a team all invested in her outcome.
Moms saying goodbye
As you can see everyone wore their finest. Little Abegail is wearing a dress Annie wore in a dance recital.
Here we are the fearless four with our driver Fallah. At this point I'm just hoping our trip home is not a repeat of 7 years ago.
Friday, July 11, 2014
We spent our last morning here visiting the orphanage where both Martu and Abegail spent more than a year
This time it was them taking pictures and showing the children.
This is where they had school. Both girls thought the conditions were much worse than they remember.
Of the 15 children here at least5 are special needs
Thursday, July 10, 2014
During our trip here Kate and I both noticed a seemingly shy 12 year old girl. She is Martu's niece. She was extremely obidient but seemed to be a shell of a girl just now heading into 2nd grade. We all agreed we wanted her to stay with us on our last night. It was the first time she saw the ocean, ate a French fry, pizza or hamburger (which she did not like). She went swimming for the first time and took her first hot shower. She came alive. She loved taking and looking at pictures and at dinner said "I will miss you so much when you go". Here's her day.
Taking lots of final pictures. Alex jr. And Aaron.
Abegail's niece Abegail. New outfit courtesy Target. Abegail got a special gift card to spend before she came.
Matching with sister Glori
I eat like Eman
Alice took these girls in. Their mother died.
We brought Alexander new glasses.
Alice and her girls. Belinda and Esther
Learning to use the computer Abegail brought them.
We are the mothers
The whole clan
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Before Alexander got his job at Firestone he built a mud house near the airport. It took him 10 months. Now Abegail's oldest sister and her family live their with their two children.
The Davis' know a lot of people in this community and we met several people. Abegail has been great about meeting what seems to be dozens of people she doesn't know or doesn't remember. Every one has heard of her.
We took a walk just up the road and saw where they go to church.
We also met more neighbors and a great Aunt
Yes this is the first overweight person I've seen here. She is lovely it's just an observation.
Then we had time to take some great photos.
Abegail's sister Belinda with daughter Glori who just happened to get a new doll from Abegail.
And Annie's clothes are already hanging out to dry.
After a great day we head home. Everyone is very concerned we leave before dark because the road from Harbel to where we are staying is dark and dangerous.
So when our car broke down it sent shivers up my spine. Our driver, Fallah, has been unbelievable and I don't think their is a more grateful man in the country.