First, we stopped by the orphanage for lunch and to spend some time with the children there. Elshaday remembered a couple of the older girls who have been there for a few years. We had lunch and coffee there, it was very yummy. The children were beautiful and very happy. They are very well taken care of as if they were their own children. The children go to school but are also taught very good manners. They are taught basic self care skills to help them in the future. We were very impressed by the older kids.
The drive from the orphanage to Elshaday's home was only about fifteen minutes. Here are some pictures from the drive.
We pulled off the side of the road and walked down a little trail between some houses. Elshaday knew exactly where she was going and led the way down the trail.
We walked up to the gate and Elshaday knocked on the door. When her mother opened the door they embraced each other. They were both so happy to see each other.
When we walked into her home it was obvious that she had spent a lot of time and money preparing for our visit. Below is a picture of the outside of her home.
Stayed tuned for Part Two of our trip to visit Elshaday's birth mother. Hoping to write more tomorrow.