Wednesday, January 02, 2008

January 23, 2008

Is our Embassy date!

We received notification today that this is the day that I will be getting Bizayehu and Genet's visas to be able to come to America. This means that I will travel around the 2oth of January to around the 25th. We will be a family by the end of January!

It may seem strange that we will be spending all that money to be in Africa for just a few short days, but really.....I think that is what I can handle alone. I told Susan Parr travel agency that I did not want a lot of time with the girls by myself. They agree, and that it sounds like families like to get out soon after getting thier children. She mentioned that some even call to change their flights from longer trips to shorter ones. I am a little nervous, but there will probably be other families there, so I think I will be ok. I want enough time to do a little shopping, spend some time at Layla House, and some in Addis mulling around and hopefully some time to visit the girls' family if we can. I think, even though it will be very hard for me, it would be good for the girls. I would also like to take each of the girl's school group on a field trip. Maybe to the Hilton for swimming...

I love these pictures!

I can't believe that I will be the one taking pictures and delivering letters for other families soon!
As a waiting parent, getting those photos is what keeps you going. I can't wait to return the favor!

The other night I was in bed reading the packet of info for travel and I started to FREAK OUT!!
So, the next day, I went shopping. I am going on the idea that they are sizes 6 and 8. I bought most of what I need for them for travelling. I have to get everything! They do not come home with anything from Layla House. I have a few sets of clothes now. they are cute, but I needed to get easy travelling clothes...not gorgeous uncomfortable ones..THAT--I will save for when we get home. Thank you to all who are collecting their hand-me-downs to pass on. It will be so nice to not have to buy everything. It is a little mind numbing to plan all this...but I am a list maker, so I will make some lists!

We should be getting the travel costs and dates either this eve, or in the morning. I will post again with those figures. I am sure you will be interested as I am!

Freaking out in Tacoma...but oh so excited...DEB


Anonymous said...

Hi, Deb!

Man, this is SO exciting. I am so happy for you guys! You know I am not Mr. Faith these days, but on sheer principle alone I will send up a prayer for your safe travels and return.



Anna said...

Freaking out in Ghent...but oh so excited!

love, Anna

The Llews of Silverdale said...

We are all so thrilled to become a new Uncle, Auntie, and cousins!!
God has really paved the way for your family to adopt these two specific little ones. You are going to do an awesome job!!
You are truly coloring our world! We love you guys and will be praying for safe travel and smooth transition. :)
“Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson