Filming Trip 2012: Amesege’nallo’

Amesege’nallo’ in Amharic means thank you. I have never meant these words as much as I did when speaking them yesterday as we said our goodbyes in Ethiopia. With the experiences so fresh in our minds and the amazing events of the past few weeks having reached a point of such normalcy it is hard to find the words to give justice to this place and these people which we now hold so dear to our hearts. At this point we just want to say, from the bottom of our hearts, amesege’nallo’…


To our work team… American and Ethiopian, who built a basketball court, soccer field,library and girls and boys lavatories with the most BASIC tools in the scortching Ethiopian sun for the kids and Hadease School.





 To Waas… Our Ethiopian cowboy bus driver who was constantly smiling, and belting out his “country spirituals”. I will never forget when I asked if you would come to America and you told me… “ I will meet you in heaven honey. Its much easier to get in there, god doesn’t require paperwork”




To the kids at Hadase School. Hadase means renewal and as we thought we would be renewing your school with our construction projects, you renewed our hearts with a sense unguarded joy and compassion unlike anything we have ever experienced before.



To Almaz, the director of All Gods Children in Ethiopia, I have never anyone like you. To sacrifice the comforts of American life that you grew to know to return to your country and selflessly better the lives of orphans and children is truly and inspiration.





And to every other smiling face that we met in this beautiful country. You put a new meaning to love and appreciation that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives.


  1. This is such a great update and gives us such insight into your trip. Thank you so much for sharing. We are so proud of you and so happy that you have had this amazing opportunity. Love you!

    • Lisa Piper says

      What an amazing experience you two have had in Ethiopia. We can’t wait to hear what awaits you in Zambia. With much love.

  2. This post encapsulates everything that we love about Africa – the unknown, the beauty, the people, and most of all the “gratitude” that we feel everything we step off the plane. I hope people read this and are inspired to get out of their comfort zone, go on an adventure, and try to be a part of the world in ways that will be remembered. Congratulations Kirk and Aly for embarking on this amazing journey that will change your lives.

  3. Lori Mouser says

    I am so thrilled that you are having this experience and sharing it in your own special way with the world. We are all better for it! Can’t wait to see and hear more about your adventures when you return!

  4. Jackie McDaniels says

    So glad you are able to share your travels and the good work you are doing. Your dedication to this mission is so evident. I’m with Lori, can’t wait to see and hear about your adventures. So proud of you Ms. Aly. Great job!

  5. So proud of you, Aly! Kirk too!

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