Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tentative Travel Dates!

Our Case Worker called today to give us tentative travel dates for an Embassy Appointment in Ethiopia for March 22!! We will leave two weeks from tomorrow! Unbelievable! Our first court date was February 4 and we did not pass. If we had passed we would have hoped to travel on March 8. Turns out, the March 8 Embassy Appointment for our agency was cancelled. So...we are travelling ASAP anyway! Thank you Lord!

We are supposed to have finalized dates (which just means we can go ahead and buy our tickets because it is set in stone) by Monday which is two weeks from the Embassy Appointment. But Julie says the only way we won't travel on the 22nd now is if the Embassy cancels the date which is highly unlikely.

Rusty is talking to travel agents and calling our cell phone provider to find out about international calls and I am shopping like a crazy person! My friend who just returned home from Ethiopia with her 8 month old son told me she changed his clothes SIX times during the 24 hour trip home! That reminded me of a reality of infants that I had forgotten about--the messy, spit-up, poop-out, endless laundry reality of an infant!!! So I'm wondering how many outfits do we need for 7 days away from home with limited (if any) laundry access? Also, we have had two sets of updated measurements for Evan lately and evidently he is shrinking! :) So it's hard to rely too much on the information we are getting from the transition home as far as what size to buy. So last week I bought 6-9 month and this week I bought 3-6 month! The plan is to keep tags on and return whatever we didn't need or didn't work. So tricky to pack! I have a pile in my closet that I add to daily of things we may need (mainly food-ha ha). I am determined not to waste away on this trip! :)

It's hard to believe that we will have a new baby in this house by the end of the month! What an awesome birthday present for Mommy! Thank you Lord for bringing him home for my birthday. You know the desires of my heart!

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.


  1. yayyy, such an amazing time..congrats, kristi

  2. Yay! How exciting - you're so close.

    I know God knows the desire of my heart. I would LOVE to see my little guys face by my birthday - the 19th (which I assume is the day you'll be leaving!) but I don't think that is going to happen, but I know there MUST be a reason :)

    I can't wait to hear all about your little guy!

  3. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! If it weren't 3 am right now I would be calling to squeal with you!!! It will be hard to wait until the afternoon to chat, but I guess I will!!! OH MY WHAT A DAY YOU HAD!!! :D
    How great is the LOVE He has LAVISHED on you!!!
    #2 :)

  4. That is so exciting!! I can't wait for it to be our turn!!! :) Can't wait to see pictures of your little guy! :)

  5. WoooHooo!!! So excited that you are so close to bringing home your sweet son!

  6. Yay for tentative travel dates!! He'll be in your arms before you know it!

    Couple thoughts on travel and packing - one of the best pieces of advice I was given for the trip home was to take 2-4 cloth diaper covers (the pull on ones will do, but the velcro ones are better - Bummis Brites and Thirsties are two brands that will fit almost any body type). You put them on over the disposable and if he has a blow-out it it will leak into the cover and not all over his clothes! We took 3 and I packed them in the diaper bag and forgot to put one on our little Bete when we first got on the plane - she had been constipated, but I don't know what it is about the plane ride that seems to give most kids the runs.....anyway we had to changer her clothes ONCE! Then she was in a cloth diaper cover and had no further blowouts onto clothes. We ended out giving a couple outfits to a family adopting through Holt who's little girl went through 6 outfits.

    For clothes, I would take stretchy knits (pants that could be more capri length if he is longer than you think, etc). You can always trade clothes or diapers with HH, so it's not the hugest concern! In our group all of the babies seemed to be a little smaller than their reports stated. (Although our little one was a tad too long for a few of her footed outfits).

    Blessings as you prepare to travel to your precious babe.


  7. thrilled for you! And happy early birthday!


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