This afternoon we went to a picnic at the home of a local Ethiopian couple. A woman with two children adopted from Ethiopia helped organize it, and everyone at any stage of an Ethiopian adoption was invited.
We made an effort while we were there to go around and talk to as many people as possible. We were the only ones there without a kid yet, but no one seemed to care. The host was very gracious and welcoming (and if I were twenty-five years younger I'd be in love with his son), and everyone was very nice. We talked to eight or nine different families. Most of the kids were young, though there was one couple with four children who had adopted their first child over fourteen years ago. We got to meet a few people who we'd only talked to online, which was nice. And the food was delicious.
Near the end a clown showed up to entertain/proselytize to the kids. Five minutes into his act he was talking about murderers and sin. That was a little strange.
We're really glad we went. Maybe next year we'll be back with a kid.