The last month or so has been busy with fundraisers. We had a cookout at Big Lots on 9-4, dinner at Chick-fil-A on 9-16, and most recently a gold party with Mere and Pere on 10-9. Thanks to these events I have enough money for the first trip to Ethiopia! I can't thank enough those loyal supporters who have attended everything to date!!
Yesterday I received the long awaited e-mail from CCI beginning with "we have received your court dates and they are right around the corner!" I was at work and flew through the e-mail saying OMG, OMG, OMG!!! I think those in the office with me thought I had a momentary lapse of sanity (which I may have). Phone calls and e-mails began flying as I was given the option of two dates for travel. The first is actually for the birth family so it took no thought on my part to choose this one. I can't think of anything more exciting than to possibly be sitting in the same hallway as the mother of these boys. Though I will likely not even know her if she sits beside me I can't think of how cool it would be to tell the boys that both of their moms made this decision on the same date.
The past 24 hrs seem to have flown and once again God has orchestrated a perfect plan. Another adoptive family will be at Miskaye orphanage this week and has offered to take measurements of the boys so I have a closer idea of clothes sizes to purchase. Airline tickets are at an all time low and through the help of a referred travel agent those are booked. Most importantly, there is room in the inn : ) this being the Grace Guest House. For this reason, the boys will stay with me for the time I am in Ethiopia!
Kathy and I leave Nashville Nov. 6, arrive in Addis Nov. 7, and will pick the boys up Nov. 8. They will remain with us until our flight leaves the night of Nov. 10. Though this will undoubtedly be an emotionally and physically draining week I am so excited that the time is drawing near to hold these little ones in my arms. If all goes well they will be home for Christmas. God is so good. See, just a few short weeks ago I heard that it would likely be December court and then February homecoming. Keep praying my friends. God has got his hands all over this adoption!