Our year and a half adoption journey is coming to a close…..and the adventure is about to begin!!!
We leave in just two days (Fri, Dec 31) to fly to Ethiopia to pick up our kids and bring them home forever!! No, we still don’t have “official confirmation” that Jan 5 is our Embassy date, but our paperwork has been submitted and we understand that “no news is good news.” Apparently, the Embassy doesn’t always get official word back about the appointment until right before the date which, by then, is when most of the families are already on their way to Ethiopia! So we are going in huge faith but are told by our agency that there should be no problem. (However, we are still asked to acknowledge in our emailed flight itinerary to our agency that we know that we are taking a risk in going without confirmation….. 🙂 ) I am at peace though. This is what I read in Scripture the morning we found out that we might not hear confirmation:
“Depart, depart, go out from there!
…you who carry the vessels of the LORD.
But you will not leave in haste or go in flight;
for the LORD will go before you,
the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” (Isa 52:11-12)
The Lord is going before us and guarding us from behind, and He will protect us as we carry His “precious vessels” home!!
So please keep us in your prayers! We fly out of Peoria, to Minneapolis, to Amsterdam, and then to Ethiopia—will arrive on Saturday and hopefully that day pick up our kids forever! We will have our Embassy appointment on Wed, Jan 5, and pick up their visas the following Friday. We will not leave Ethiopia till the next Tues, Jan 11 because staying a few extra days cut out a huge chunk of money for our airfare! So we have several open days in our trip to play, visit museums or landmarks, visit orphanages, etc. We are taking Erin, our 10-year-old daughter, with us. This will be a life-changing experience for her and she is so excited! She will also be a great help with the kids.
One other great thing about this trip is that we will get to celebrate Ethiopian Christmas with all the kids at the Transition Home on Friday Jan 7! The other families (Smith, Hammons, Miller, Grant) and us were asked to bring Christmas decorations and stocking stuffers. Though we were initially disappointed not to have our kids home for Christmas, we are so excited to spend Ethiopian Christmas with Aidan and Eva in their own homeland!
Our KLM/Delta flights are scheduled to get in to Peoria on Wed, Jan 12 at 3:50pm. Our friend Gena Monical-Ruhl has graciously offered to drive the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church bus to come pick us up and bring friends and family to the airport to meet us! So if you are interested in joining us on that glorious day, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) before we leave or Chantell Mills (email@example.com) after that. The bus will be at our home at 2:15pm that day to gather people for the trip. There will be some spots open on the bus, or others can meet at our home and caravan or go straight to the airport.
Thanks to everyone who has followed us, prayed for us, given to us, encouraged us, and loved on us through this long journey! You are such a blessing! Our biggest prayer is that God is glorified through His work in our lives and that many others are able to experience His amazing grace and redemption in their own lives as well!
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are mine.” (Isa 43:1)