Sunday, May 1, 2011

Meeting Her Birth Mother Part Two

You can read Part One HERE.

I am going to do my best to describe the inside of her home.  We walked into her home and to the right was her bed.  To the left was a table and storage area.  The walls were papered with newspapers and the floor was covered with mats and rugs.  In the center of the room was a small table.  Around two sides of the table there were benches.   A large pillow had been placed on the bench for comfort.  She asked Darren & I to sit at the head of the table.  She had also invited the people who had been her support system since Elshday was born.  It was obvious that they had been very involved with the family.  Elshaday remembered each of them and greeted them with a big hug. 

On the table was Defo Dabo(a large round bread), popcorn, and fruit, along with the traditional coffee. 

Darren was asked to cut and serve the Dabo(bread).  Of course all the ladies were giggling at Darren's bread cutting skills.

The whole time we were there the ladies just loved on Elshaday.  You could tell that they loved her very much.  A few times Elshaday's mother spoke to us through the orphanage director.  She thanked God several times for our family and for the people who had helped her when she gets so sick.  She kept saying to us, "I wish I had a gift to give you but all I have is my daughter."  I don't think I could ever adequately express how humbled we were at that moment, that God has chosen us to be grafted together with this beautiful family.

Before we left Elshaday's mother gave her a necklace with a small heart pendant.  She asked if we could keep it for Elshaday until she comes home.  She told Elshaday that when she wanted to remember her mother she could just look at her necklace.


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