One of the most commonly asked questions is why Ethiopia?  When we started making the decision to adopt we went back and forth between domestic and international.  In America, the government makes sure that children in the foster care system have a roof over their head, food on their table and even an education.  That is not necessarily the case in other countries and especially not the case in Ethiopia.  In Ethiopia, it is a life or death situation.  The average life expectancy is under 50 years old. If a child is abandoned (most likely Emme will be) and not adopted they are faced with a survival situation.  The threat of AIDS, Malaria and Starvation is very real.  Click on this link for a very thorough overview of the country.

Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world.  80% of the workforce relies on agriculture.  With that being said, it is easy to see why droughts have had the effect on the country that it has.  The average women in Ethiopia has had 4.33 children (that number recently went down from 5.1 within the last couple of months.)  Still a daunting number of births.  That many children being born into such a poverty stricken environment does prove to be a recipe for disaster.

With that being said, I am completely in love with this culture.  We are told by friends who have been to Ethiopia that they are truly some of the happiest people that you could ever imagine.  The Ethiopians believe that happiness comes from the inside out.  Despite their surroundings they find an inner peace that I believe most americans dream of.  I know that I do.  After learning about this “Ethiopian Philosophy”, Mike and I practice it every day.  It is difficult to change our “Western Philosophy” way of thinking, where our happiness is influenced from the outside by what type of car we drive,home we live in or job that we have.  I encourage you to try it as well and pass it onto your friends.

This is one of those amazing examples on how bringing Emme home has already made us a better people.

Click here to hear music from Ethiopia:


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