Beauty in Chaos

Last Saturday I had a good talk with some guys that have already been to Ethiopia to adopt. Naturally the conversation turned into what to expect (goat heads laying around, dripping cold showers, dirty bathrooms, tons of people compressed into a small amount of space) followed by what to pack (cliff bars, water purifier, a year’s supply of wet wipes). Listening to these guys was pretty frightening and hard to comprehend but it made me more excited to go. As many of you know, I’m not a risk taker so this is not just another “adventure” to cross off of my list by any means. I think it just means I’m ready and anxious. I can’t say I’ve felt this same way 3 months ago.

Later in our talks, we tried to wrap our heads around how in the world does this country, and others like it, function? I don’t know but this is the beauty in the chaos.

(via Mocha club)

– Calvin

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Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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  • Calvin,

    Also take several of the 3oz Germ Ex bottles to go with the wipes. I expect conditions their in Ethiopia to be very similar to Haiti. The dirt and filth will leave in time, but the images from your trip will remain. I am excited for you and your family.

    Your brother in Christ


  • Thanks, Jason

    Same to you. Also, when you’re ready to go, don’t bother buying any germ ex. Let Erica and I know and I’ll make sure I get a box of it to y’all.

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