Friday, February 26, 2010

Our trip begins...

We are on our way! After a frantic but very successful 6 days of scrambling, planning, and packing, we are ready and on the road. A photo album has been set up that we will be updating via mobile uploads and better pictures when we have good connections to the internet. See the album HERE. There is also a link to our album on our main web site in the upper left corner. Despite the poor weather reports, we managed to get to the JFK airport without incident or delay. We were so fanatic about giving ourselves extra to get to the airport, we arrived 7 hours before departure. The gate agent actually rolled his eyes as he informed us we could not check in for another 3 hours. We'll send another update when we are in Dubai.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Day Has Arrived!

It has been more than two and a half years since we made the decision to adopt two more children into our family. On Friday February 19, 2010 we received a call alerting us to an early opening at the Embassy in Ethiopia allowing us to travel a month ahead of schedule to meet Krem (4 yr. Boy) and Hirut (6 m. Girl) for the first time, and finally bring them home! It is with thankful hearts that we can say that we will soon begin caring for these two beautiful children. This gives us just 6 days to make final travel arrangements! In the past 24 hours we have booked flights, prepared final adoption paperwork, shopped, and began packing. Packing ranges from paperwork to orphanage donations to medical supplies to culturally appropriate clothing to all the things that our young children will need- not your typical travel list! We fly through Dubai in the United Arab of Emirates, and will be spending two nights there adjusting to the time change, and then continue on to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. River will be accompanying us on the trip, while Forest and Stephanny will be staying with close friends and Stacey's sister. We look forward to March 13th when we return and are all together again as an official family of SEVEN!! We will be updating our blog through our journey so stay tuned!!