December 30, 2019; Box 11

Tomorrow we will leave to see Caitlin! I am beyond excited but a little nervous also. We leave O’hare at 9:30 a.m. and will arrive in Ethiopia at 7:00 a.m. on New Years day. This is definitely a new way for us to spend New Years, traveling half way around the world.

It has been some time since I posted. It seems like Thanksgiving was just yesterday, I blinked and then Christmas was upon us. I hope everyone enjoyed special time with friends and family. We had a nice Christmas, but Caitlin’s absence was felt. And the pictures are not quite complete without her.

Knowing we will soon be visiting definitely helped to ease her absence during the holidays.

We will be transporting Box 11 with us when we fly tomorrow. Our suitcases and carry-ons are filled with all the goodies we will be bringing to Caitlin.

Box 11.jpg

We are bringing scented candles. Caitlin said she was trying to explain  scented candles to some of her Ethiopian friends so we will be bringing the real deal. We are also bringing crayons and books and toys for some of the kids and of course candy and gum!

One of the people Caitlin seems to enjoy is her landlord’s daughter; a young girl of about 13 or 14 and Caitlin placed a special request for a solar powered light for her so we will be bringing that also. I am so excited to be able to see where Caitlin lives and meet other volunteers and the people she is working with in her community.

One of the best gifts we will be bringing are two home made quilts.


Mom made these beautiful quilts for Caitlin’s host family and landlord and on each of the quilts are this special label:


So excited to see our girl. I will post when I can.

Happy New Year


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