I thought today was going to be a typical day at work and for the most part, I was correct. During lunch, I was able to run a few errands and I also picked up some "buckeyes" (the peanut butter and chocolate piece of heaven) that my sister-in-law made for me to sell at work. While I was picking them up at her parents house, her mother made me a few dish rags to sell. People are so generous. From there, I went to the store, Our Friend's Closet, which sells used women clothing and dropped off some of the donations some coworkers gave me. Again, I am so grateful. As I was wrapping up the day, I decided to instant message (IM) my friend at work that is from Ethiopia. He actually lived in Addis Ababa for seventeen years.
The conversation started by me asking him if he thinks we should get a yellow fever shot before we go. We agreed that even though the CDC says it is highly reccommended, but not required for Addis Ababa, we should still get it because it is better to be safe than sorry. The conversation went several different ways for awhile including planning to get together for lunch and also meeting in Indy to go to the Ethiopian restaurant.
Sometimes we don't know why our paths cross with others, but I can tell you that I know why my path has crossed with my friend from work We have known each other for at least seven years and it is neat how God's plan is unfolding right before our eyes. I always valued my friendship with this individual, but I had no idea that he would be giving us an insight to our child's culture. We are so thankful for our friend and his willingness to share his culture with us.
This is a picture that my friend from work sent to me. His friends recently went to Ethiopia and took pictures from their visit to the country.