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Planning a Trip

We've been a little preoccupied over here... in the very best of ways! After 5 months of doing nothing but waiting and praying, it's a welcome change of pace to feel like we're scrambling a little!

Our tickets are booked, and we will be gone for 9 days: in Ethiopia for 7 days, plus 2 extra days of traveling. The major items- our travel schedule, the court date, and our lodging are completely taken care of, so now we're working on the "littler" items, like:

What kind of donations will we take to the care center? Probably a couple of Bumbo chairs, diaper rash cream, wipes, soap, shampoo, clothes, etc. 

Where will we eat? I'm making a list of recommended restaurants from other adoptive families, plus we're planning on bringing granola bars and other snacks... if you know me, I'm pretty picky (though I've gotten WAY better over the years- but I still won't eat the "chicken butts"- long story). It may be a challenge to find places that are both safe to eat and that fit my discriminating tastes. :)

What do we need to pack for ourselves? That list is too long and boring and it changes daily as another idea pops into my head. Of course, we're going to pack light, but I want to make sure we don't forget important things like hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and flip flops for the shower...

What will we pack for the boys? We have no idea what we're doing and don't have the slightest clue of what they'll need while they are with us, so we're going to be as prepared as we can be and pray for lots and lots of help!

I basically have pages and pages of lists around the house, emails that I've sent to myself, and other reminders on my phone to make sure we don't forget anything!

Two special things we are planning for our trip involve visiting the little boy we sponsor through Compassion International and a day-trip to the Blue Nile Falls/Gorge, which is about 3 hours outside of Addis. I got the name of a man in Ethiopia that will probably be our guide for both our Compassion tour and the trip to the falls, so we've been emailing him and trying to work out those details. He is a former Compassion kid who went through their leadership training and now does tours for them and has a small side business doing tours for adoptive families in and around Addis. 

As you can imagine, the highlight will be seeing our boys and wearing ourselves out loving them. I'm envisioning very sore arms because I'm sure once we're holding them, we aren't going to want to put them down very often! 

And this is getting long and random, but since I hardly ever post anymore, I'm going to keep going...

These pictures are from the night we went out to celebrate our court date. We had a really nice dinner and then ended up at Panera drinking coffee and finalizing the boys' names. We've had names in mind since our referral, we've gone back and forth on a few, but now that we're really going, we're really going to see them, and Lord willing, they'll really become our sons, we wanted to make some final decisions. We're very happy with the result and have started using them at home to talk about the boys (no more big guy/little guy- though those names will always be special, too).

We'll share their names and pictures once we pass court. Please pray both for our preparations and for the court case. Pray that all of the letters/documents will be there and that we'll pass right away. Pray that the Ethiopian government will process our court decree right away so that we can begin the process of being submitted to embassy. 

So that we can have them home. Home. Their cribs, double stroller, toy cars, and swings at the park are waiting for them. And so are their mom and dad. 


Rochelle said...

EEKKKKK!!!!!!! :) :) So exciting!!! I think my grin got bigger and bigger as I read! Not boring at all; it's SO fun to feel like we can somehow be a part of all that's going on with all those details now as you FINALLYYYYYYY prepare to see your boys! No information is too long or boring, seriously it's SO ridiculously exciting! Thank you for sharing the details, and we cannot wait to hear more from the actual trip too!!!! Continued prayers for you guys and for your boys, the trip, all that's involved, for calm in your hearts as you plan and pack, that you won't forget anything, and that God will give you overwhelming peace and comfort through it all. I can barely contain my glee & giddiness for you guys!!!!!!!! Woohoooo!!!!!!!

Rochelle said...

P.S. You definitely need to update your adoption timeline on the right side when you have a chance. You need a court date showing there!! :)

Hillary said...

Take pictures of EVERYTHING!!!! I feel like when we met Colbie and finally had her in our arms, everything was a blur. It was as if years of sadness and heartache had been filled in just a seconds time with more joy than one person deserves, and I don't remember anything else. I wish I had a few more visuals to help bring me back to that place, even though her running around shouting "mama" at me is pretty darn good :).

Can't wait for the boys to come home to where they belong! Congrats again on the journey mama!

Sarah Cotton said...

Don't stress over the food thing too much. I was nervous too, but there's a suprising amount of good pasta at the restaurants. Cliff bars worked well for us, crackers/nutella...and there was a grocery store too for stuff like bananas. I had yummy lasagna/pizza...stuff like that. I love reading your post and so excited for you :) Hope this month flies by...

Corrie and Phil said...

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH! I had chills as I read through your excited stream of consciousness.

Not too much longer now.

Can't wait to hear their names and see their faces!

Rachel Jones said...

YAY!!!! we can't wait for them to be home! and can't wait to hear their sweet names. love you guys

Heidi said...

Love this!!!!