Buzzings in my mind two days before departure.

I woke up at 6:30 this morning thinking, “The day after tomorrow. We leave for Ethiopia to get our girls the day after tomorrow.”

I tried to doze back off to sleep, hoping to add another hour to my sleep ‘bank’ before we head off on the 24 hour trip to a time zone 9 hours ahead of our own. The next two weeks will be filled with jetlag– both in Ethiopia and after we arrive back home. But my mind was immediately racing to my to-do list.

Most of the packing for the trip is done, but we have a birthday party to squeeze in between now and Sunday morning. There is cake to make and a house to clean. There’s breakfast in bed to deliver to my sweet 13 year old son. He requested our favorite Christmas morning breakfast– french toast strata, which my 17 year old put together last night. Along with that we’ll do sausage and fruit and orange juice and the usual custom of the whole family trooping in singing with a loaded breakfast tray at the head of the parade.

My 5 year old has a cold, which I’m hoping the rest of us travelers won’t get. We’re loading up on Airborne and vitamin C, and I’ve packed cough drops and Nyquil and Kleenex and anything else a person might need to be as comfortable as possible with a cold. I’m sure it’ll be fine, however it works out. But it would be more fun if we were not fighting colds in Ethiopia,especially during rainy season. Hmm….maybe I should toss in a few tea bags.

Well, I’m off to scurry around doing last minute things. I can hardly believe we are soooo close!!

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  1. Exciting, exciting! I can’t imagine anything that could be more exciting, actually. Crossing continents to hug your children for the first time and bring them home children…yeah, that’s pretty much top of the list, I’d say.

  2. atwinkleinmyeye says:

    ~hello! nice to ‘meet you’ thru you’re blog and what a lovely family you have. I’ll be watching curiously….we hope to adopt but we’re at the beginning, so….I’m quite curious.

    God’s blessings on your family!!!!

  3. Wishing you all the best!! Have a safe trip!

    And what a fun birthday tradition, by the way 🙂

  4. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! I am so excited for you!

  5. I had no idea it was so close already! How did I miss that? Ack! Congratulations! I hope you have a wonderful trip when you go! Yea!

  6. How very exciting. I’m praying for you all, and can’t wait to read more of how this happy event comes about.

  7. Woohoo!!! so excited for you! I will keep you in my thoughts over the next few weeks as your family grows by two and you all get to know each other.
    Be safe, and go get your girls!!

  8. Just wanted to add my excited, “Hooray!” to the list! Praying for a safe and awesome trip for you all and for those who are staying behind, God’s gracious hand of mercy and protection.
    Loving you even though we are strangers.

  9. Thanks for taking us along on this trip. I am sending good thoughts of health and joy for your entire family. Sitting here I am trying to get my head around the huge changes your family is about to make, and well, my mind just can’t get around it. You seem to be responding to a deep calling and often those kinds of things just can’t be understood with one’s brain. You are a sturdy woman with a big heart who has nurtured a life and family you love. That is enough right now and God will give you what you need along the way.

  10. Yay. THat’s all, just yay I”m so glad for you and I pray that all goes smoothly.

    Blessings on all of you.

  11. Squee! So excited for you all!

  12. I’m so excited for you! We are also in the process of adopting from Ethiopia and are praying for your safe return!!