"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meanwhile in TEXAS

SNOW! Missing these guys like crazy!  We are so thankful for an AWESOME Gigi that kept these boys for a really long time!

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Day We Met You (Day 3)

We arrived in Ethiopia around 10 am and the driver took us to the guesthouse to drop off our things and then we headed straight to lunch with the rest of the group.  It was so fun to meet all the families that have walked this journey with me.  We ate at a greek restaurant and then after that we headed to the Transition Home to meet our baby girl.  It is hard to even describe the emotion of seeing her.  It seemed so surreal.  We were holding our daughter.  We had several hours to spend with her and she did great.  She smiled and we fed her and gave her a bottle.  After we left, we went to a cultural Ethiopian dinner and we were exhausted.  Jet lag had caught up to us in a big way.  I took so many pictures that I cannot even begin to put them all here.

Ethiopia Travel Diaries Day 2

I have been dreading blogging about my days in Ethiopia.  Not because it has been bad, but it is just so much.  So much to process and so much that I really cannot put into words.  So, I am going to attempt to just get what I can written down.  

Today was a day of flying.  We woke up to more snow and our flight was delayed by several hours, but it was still ago and an answer to prayer.  I could not believe we were flying across the world to finally meet our daughter.  We were finally about to meet the little girl we have been on our knees praying for.  We would finally hold her and she would officially be ours.  I would cry on and off on the flight just in disbelief of the whole thing.  It was a long flight and very hard to sleep, so we arrived in Addis exhausted.  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ethiopia Travel diaries day 1

Whew!  This day has been a crazy one!  We got up early, packed up about 10 suitcases, and headed to the in-laws to drop off the boys for ten days.  This was the hardest part for me.  Leaving them for a month is not easy for me! But, we got to the airport and we are ready to head to Dulles in Washington, D.C.  We noticed that many if the flights were being cancelled because of weather and that was a little worrisome, but our flight was ago.
Until right before take off.  On the Tarmac.  We were told that we would sit for an hour and then either go, or head back to the terminal.  We were frantically trying to get ahold of our travel agent and finally got an alternate flight.
But, to our surprise, it was a go!
This is what we flew into!  Huge snowy blizzard!  Awesome!
Even better, our plane exited on the little stairs straight into the cold.  We shook it off and took it as part of the adventure!

But then, getting to the hotel became a nightmare.  No one was getting out of dc for the night, so everyone was catching a shuttle or a cab.  The snow was so pretty coming down, but it was causing a mess!  After 4 hours sitting at the airport, we finally had someone pick us up and take us to the hotel.  And to make a long story short, the hotel Restaraunt closed for the night so we finally got Chinese around 10 pm.  
We did take a small hike in the snow for some treats. Why should I expect the journey to be without twists and turns.  It's been this way from the get go!  I should just embrace it and enjoy the ride! Right?  Praying our flight takes of in the morning.  We are coming Annie!!!!