While we were checking in with Jenny, Nate, and Ellary via FaceTime, we learned a few facts about Ethiopia!
*Ethiopia has one of the largest populations of orphaned kids in the world (13% of the children throughout Ethiopia-4.5 million kids as stated on unicef.org)
*Ethiopia's national language is Amharic...check out this YouTube video we watched to practice saying family names in Ellary's native language!
*Soccer is Ethiopia's biggest sport...here is a picture of a new soccer complex that is being built in Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa.
*Here is a picture of Jenny and Nate eating a traditional Ethiopian meal. Notice there is no silverware! Usually Ethiopians eat raw meat, but this platter had cooked meat.
We were lucky enough to FaceTime the Kleins when they were hanging out in their hotel, but they weren't able to take us outside to show us the landscape and community due to WiFi issues. Instead we enjoyed watching Ellary walk around (we asked them if she could walk yet!), babble to us (she wanted to tell us her own story!), and show off her Benton blue and gold (she had her first Benton shirt on!).
*We had so much fun watching their story unfold with pictures, FaceTime, research, and conversation. The depth of our conversation revolving around poverty, adoption, and acceptance was amazing...be proud of your #KFkinders and the beautiful hearts they have.
Now Jenny, Nate, Ellary and Lily are all home together! Lily and Ellary have hit it off and are already the best of friends! To finish off our journey with the Kleins, we wanted to officially welcome Ellary into the Bobcat Family. We put together a little video of their journey and some interviews with the #KFkinders on what is awesome about being a Bobcat! Enjoy!