{I'm In Ethiopia!}

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Yesterday I left Dallas and ended up catching a direct flight to Amsterdam instead of meeting my team in Atlanta.



No buddies on the plane meant I read 11 chapters, had 2 cups of coffee, wrote 1 letter, and laughed 9 times as I watched the same kid bang on the bathroom door every hour telling the person inside to hurry up otherwise he was going to pee on the floor. #awesome



In Amsterdam I met up with Paige, Alysa, and Kristen. We then flew to Khartoum, Sudan and finally to Addis, Ethiopia. 



Amazingly enough we were picked up at the airport by a fellow Taylor grad, Craig Jaggers. Haven't seen this dude in over 12 years! I also was more than blessed to sleep here and take a hot shower.


This morning I woke up to a cool breeze and this view from my hotel room window. The Food for the Hungry headquarters are just a stone's throw away.


Today we'll be driving 4 hours south to visit an elementary school and some child headed households. The rest of our team is still stuck in Ghana but will be joining us later today. I look forward to updating you on all that we see and learn!

Happy Wednesday, Homies!
Em

18 comments:

Lindsey Nobles said...

So glad y'all made it! Can't wait to meet up with you guys!

Anonymous said...

So happy for you! I want to be you when I grow up. However, in real life, I'm 4 years older than you. So, take little, blessings and make most of your time in Ethiopia!

Anonymous said...

So happy for you! I want to be you when I grow up. However, in real life, I'm 4 years older than you. So take care little, blessings and make the most of your time in Ethiopia!

Kristina said...

Glad to hear you made it to Ethiopia safe and sound. It's funny that now we are somewhat in the same time zone I actually get to enjoy your posts for breakfast right after you posted them and not some time in the afternoon. Although I do love those midday distractions ;-) Have a great day!

Chels said...

Wow! You are doing something so amazing. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Megan said...

Oh, Em. I don't know you, you don't know me, I rarely comment here but I always read your posts and... you are absolutely stunningly beautiful in that first pic. I so highly admire natural beauty and you are gorgeous. Your enthusiam for what you are doing shines through you and enhances your beauty.

Timothy Loerke said...

Emo, it looks like you had a fancy biscuit. Hope you slept like a queen...even though it was only 4 hours. Hope your jet doesn't lag much. Love you more than the fresh smell of laundry!

Meg said...

wavy hair=totes adorbs.

that's what my friends and I call "mission trip hair" lookin' good...cause that's what these trips are about. ha.

Alyssa said...

Have a blessed trip. I've been to Africa (South Africa & Lesotho) and my heart is still over there.

Alyssa
alattelove1.blogspot.com

Molly Roberson said...

WOW. YAY. All of this is too perfect Em. Loving all the visuals. Thankful for you & all you do. Why so amazing? hmmm #yes.

Allison said...

Glad you made it safely! You are in my prayers.

The Busters said...

I've never commented but felt the need to de-lurk today. My son was born in Ethiopia and I can see the name of his home village on your map - Wondo Genet. It is in the south, not far from Awassa. I fell in love with Ethiopia when we were there and am longing to return. I'll be eagerly awaiting your posts as I live vicariously through you. Have an amazing time!!

Caroline said...

hi em, just wanted to let you know that it makes my heart SO HAPPY that you are in addis -- i grew up there (from age 10 until i came back to the states for college) and i love it dearly. i hope you enjoy the donkeys in the road and the double macchiatos made on ancient italian espresso machines and eating your fill of injera b'wet. can't wait to see all the familiar sights in your pictures!!

Jessie said...

A) I second Megan and Meg about your natural waves looking good on you (and how that's oh-so important & at the forefront of your mind right now, I'm sure). And how your enthusiasm for what you're doing radiates in your face & entire demeanor.

B) LOVE the way Tim encourages & reassures you while you're away. I'm sure these will become even more comforting as the days & time zone take their toll.

sarah richmond said...

emee travel little pants:

this post blessed me right down to the very last sip of coffee in my buffalo diner mug! (ps. you. TWO CUPS? holy shit balls congratulations! you have crossed over to the dark side. welcome! coffee is lighter fluid for the mind. that means i'll be waiting for your first book!

love the view from your hotel room. throwback to JUC days, hoping you were able to catch a rooftop napster under the sun*

miss you wildly.

xoxo,
twinner

Anonymous said...

Hey Em - I havn't checked your blog for a week and read your post backwards. I am really touched and have got wet eyes. Your smile and eyes really show so much! Hope you keep this time in your heard forever.

Best wishes-Katharina

Anonymous said...

sorry, of course heart (somtime english can be 'hard' ;)

Works of Heart said...

never comment but always read but agree with the comments about you being STUNNING in these pics. love reading your blog and am inspired/encouraged by you and tim's openness and relationship.

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