Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Travel Letter? CHECK!!

Well, today was like so many other days...busy. But in the end, I got our travel letter, which means that I am finally free to leave the country with Nathan. So, tomorrow morning after a little shopping and a quick stop by New Hope Homes to say goodbye, all we have left to do is pick up his passport, get a form from the US Embassy (both of which are supposed to be ready for us to pick up...we'll see) and then a lunch with Brad, Kiki, and Oliviana before we jump on a plane and head for Ethiopia.

After all the issues that we have had since we got here (it is taking 11 meetings or trips to various offices to accomplish our 3 tasks!), it is crazy to think that we are still leaving here on schedule!

Anyway, I don't have any pictures today (I've barely been at the house), I tried to download a video, but it isn't going to let me. So, off to bed...you'll have to wait until we get home to see more pictures or for some of you...the little guy in person!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Meetings...meetings...meetings...

First off...thanks for those of you who have commented on my blog or emailed. Things have been such a roller coaster and each word from you all is such an encouragement. Keep them coming!

Oh, how I wish I could just purge all the words that are in me right now about what today was like. It was a constant day with meeting after meeting after meeting...and still no travel letter. We were told that if we bring in a copy of something (with a small correction) tomorrow to the office, that the letter would be given to us. Our plan is also for me to go to the US Embassy in the morning to get what I need to done there, pick up the travel letter, and get Nate his passport...at that point we will be done and ready for our flight on Wednesday. We can't wait! Even though we will still have a while in Ethiopia, it will feel so much more permanent to have him out of Rwanda.

Anyway, here are a few pics from today. Nate's flexibility kills me! We think it is from being carried on the backs of the women who have cared for him. And it may seem strange, but little things like having him in clothing that I bought and cutting his fingernails have done so much to make him seem more like my son then the orphan that he was.



Sunday, October 26, 2008

Another day!

Today had its ups and downs, but it was mostly good. I was able to go to a church service and hear the Lord praised in Nate's native tongue. It was amazing.

Tomorrow is a big day for us. So, be praying. I'll explain another time what all has been going on out here, but with this being public blog, there are times I need to guard what I say. Just know that we covet your prayers.

I'll try to post again tomorrow!

Yesterday.

Well, I couldn't post last night because the internet wouldn't work, so here is an update from yesterday...

What a great day! Okay, I'll confess now that our first day together was harder than I could have ever imagined. The sweet little man just seemed confused and scared. He cried and cried. But yesterday was the exact opposite. I just felt as though every minute he was getting more and more comfortable and more and more his self. He has really taken to me now and is just has the sweetest little personality. Oh, and does he ever love to cuddle!

Anyway, here are a couple of pics from yesterday. I'll try to post again tonight with some pics from today. Oh, and you can't really tell in the pic, but he is all out screaming in the tub as I pour water over his head!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Finally...

Well, today has been emotionally exhausting. We are already deep in the middle of things...it's hard to know what to say, mostly because there is so much. So, I guess I'll just leave you with a couple of pics for today and use words when I find them...



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Leaving...

Well, I'm off! The day is finally here. I can't believe it. I mean, truly, I'm in absolute shock I think. I'm excited and I'm nervous. I just can't believe it. My bags are all packed. My goodbyes just a couple hours ahead of me. And a sweet little hello on Friday that I have dreamed of for so long.

I'll post again as soon as I can!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Teetering...

One moment I am so excited I can hardly stand it. I fly around the house getting things all together...for the trip and for Anthony and the girls. I think about holding my boy, about bringing him home...I'm filled with hope and just a gitty excitement...

The next moment I am in tears. I stare at the things that I have left to accomplish and I don't know what to do next. I feel overwhelmed by little tasks that probably don't matter anyway. I listen to the girls giggling with their sweet Dad and hear Lucy say a new word every day...today's was "movie"...and I'm heartbroken that I have to leave them. I'm overwhelmed by all that is happening...

I'm so thankful for a God that is eternally constant and yet able to join in my excitement and tears. I'm so thankful for a God who is never overwhelmed and who already knows how each moment of this will go. I'm so thankful for a God who holds me as I teeter while at the same time He holds my little boy. I'm so thankful for a God who is so big and so good that I can't even wrap my mind around how incredibly big and good He is.

What a ride we are on...I'm just so thankful that I trust the Driver.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dates!!

Well, the tickets will officially be purchased today and next Friday, when my sweet family wakes up here in Kansas, I will be in the Land of a Thousand Hills!!

Our itinerary has us leaving next Wednesday morning and getting back November 5th, so we'll be praying that we can stick to that schedule while we are there. Two weeks would actually be pretty fast to get all this done, but it should be possible...we'll see I guess.

Anyway, we are beyond excited to be talking in terms of "next Wednesday"! It's coming. It's finally coming!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Waiting...

The good news is that this time I am just waiting for the travel agency to get back to me about my itinerary!! That's right all is a go and next week I will hold my boy for the first time. Unbelievable!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pictures of Nate getting our gift...



Passport Photos and Update.

Okay, so here is the latest update...

Tickets aren't bought yet, although I am still hoping to leave in a week and a half. There always seems to be some issue that comes up, as happened this week, once again delaying the process. Our hope now is that the notaries will be done on Monday and everything will be handed in on Tuesday. Thank You, God, for Kiki. She has done so much for us. So hopefully there won't be any more glitches. There is one small issue that we are concerned about with his passport, but for now I'll just ask that you be praying that it will be a non-issue...I'll update that once we know if it is going to be something that affects us.

Anyway, so, Kiki was able to see Nate on Friday. She took him to get his passport photos and also gave him a few things that we had left for him...a stuffed monkey and photos of all of us. They are going to put the photos of us in his crib and I can't help but cry, knowing that he has finally seen our faces. Kiki also told us that he has started crawling...I hate that I'm missing things...

So, here are his passport photos WHICH I LOVE! I'm also going to post a few more pics in another entry soon. Enjoy!

Monday, October 6, 2008

This week.

Messaged with Kiki this morning...

Tomorrow: Brad is going to go pick up all of the paperwork from our attorney.

Wednesday: Kiki is planning to get the notaries.

Thursday and/or Friday: the dropping off of the copies at Immigration and the Ministry.

Then its tickets to be bought...packing to be finished...and a flight to Africa to hold my boy and then bring him home! Just a couple of weeks to go!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Little update.

Well, we got through this week. I thought it would go on forever...this waiting for Kiki to get back in town to finish the adoption up...but it really hasn't.

I used this week to start gathering the things together that I need to take with me for Nate. It feels good to be doing a little packing even if the trip is still a few weeks away. I've enjoyed folding all his little clothes that we have, picking the couple of toys that will be good to have along, just thinking about being there with him in general...it's amazing.

So, hopefully the next time I write it will be to say that we have at least the notaries done and are one step closer to buying those tickets.

I just can't wait!!