We leave in nine days! It is so amazing to think that in a few weeks I will be sitting here at my table with little ones around it with me. So much to prepare before we go and bring our daughters home. I did some shopping yesterday trying to get all the necessary little things we "might" need, like Pepto, Tums, Benedryl, etc... And then there is the stuff we will need like hand sanitizer, vitamins, TP, and all that other good stuff. We've got one more paper to get notarized, and then I need to make copies of anything important. I am hoping that I don't forget anything. I have a pretty good checklist, so here's hoping. Please pray for us as we prepare for our trip.
Here is a picture of the transitional center in Addis Ababa where our girls are waiting for us.
I got a phone call today informing me that Birhane has been hospitalized with pneumonia. We can only pray and trust the Lord Jesus has her cradled in His loving hands. I am also praying for Dinkua as she is separated from her sister right now. Lord, comfort her tiny heart.
We were also sent a couple more pictures of the girls together. What beautiful, beautiful babies.
Well, it has been quite the week. Monday night the ladies in my church threw me a wonderful baby shower. I was seriously overwhelmed and blessed! There were friends from the speech club our kids are a part of, family and relatives, and dear friends I know from different places. God had given me some very good friends and a family that loves and supports us beyond the call of duty. I had so much fun yesterday sitting in the nursery sorting through things and thanking the Lord for His provision. The trial came then next day, Tuesday at about 5:10pm. I got an email from our adoption agency saying that our trip had been postponed and that we would be getting a call in the morning. As you can imagine, that was quite a crushing blow. We have already purchased plane tickets and were getting geared up to go and now we were told everything was postponed. Aaah! We weren't sure how long things were held up, so it was a long, very hard night. I knew God was in control, He had never let us down, but I was so disappointed and sad. We got a call the next morning and found out that because of a serious communication problem with the US Embassy and the adoption agencies, there were less appointments available than they thought. All that to say, our group got moved to August instead of the end of July. Some of us are going in the first group and some have to wait until the end of the month. Our Embassy appointment is now on August 10th. I know God's timing is perfect, it is just sometimes hard to get my emotions to know that. "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end." Eccl.3:11
It is pretty wonderful to think that in 3 short weeks we will be meeting our new daughters for the first time. July 23rd is the day! Getting an updated picture of them yesterday was fun, I can't believe how much they have changed from the first pictures we got of them. Beautiful!! What amazing things the Lord must have in store for these little girls' lives. We had a conference call yesterday afternoon with all the families who will be traveling with us to pick up their children. Stephanie, the Africa programs coordinator from Holt, gave us a ton of information about what to expect on our trip. Everything from how much cab fare will be to how much TP to carry with you. It will be quite the adventure. Well, I have much to do and very little time to do it. Please pray for us.