Tomorrow morning we leave on a plane headed for Ethiopia. I can’t believe we are really going. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. I feel a bit of something similar to stage fright complete with butterflies. Thank you so much for all of the prayers and support we have received from so many of you, but please don’t stop praying.
A few requests:
- My parents will be keeping our 4 girls. Not sure who needs the most prayer on that one. 🙂 We are hoping this will be a great time of connecting for all of them.
- I am trying to write a letter to K and J’s birthmom. It is so hard to come up with any words. How do you tell a mom that you are thankful for her role in her children’s life and express thankfulness that we have the opportunity to raise them? How can I be an encouragement to her? Nothing sounds right.
- We are about to meet two little kids who have seen us in pictures but have no idea who we really are. We already know K is very shy and tends to enjoy being in the background, alone. J seems to be leery of strangers, that means us. We will be spending a week, with them and visiting Ethiopia. We are praying for a sweet time together.
- We will be going before a judge in Ethiopia who will be asking us a few questions about why we chose to adopt from Ethiopia and how we will deal with adoption-related problems we may face. Hopefully, we will have all of our paperwork submitted and will actually get to go to “court” while we are there. Once everything is in order, the judge will decree that K and J are officially ours. (This may not happen until after we leave Ethiopia, but I would love to hear those words for myself.)
- We were able to use frequent flyer miles for this trip. Amazingly enough, first-class tickets required fewer miles than coach. So. . . we get to fly first-class. It is a good thing, too, since the flight is 24 hours. Right now, we are tired. We are asking for rest on the flight, coming and going.
- We have a suitcase packed with nothing but donated supplies for the orphanage. Asking that everything gets through customs with no trouble.
When we return, I’ll be posting a day by day report about our trip. I can’t wait to share how our Father answered all of our prayers.