Phase one is complete. Our bags are checked and we're sitting at our gate waiting to board the first leg of this journey. We went to sleep last night at 11:15. Thankfully LBobber didn't wake up at his usual time and come into our room to sleep with us at 1 am. Nor did he wake up at 2:45 when we left. Praise the Lord. That was a huge answered prayer. I knew that it would be soo much harder to leave if our sweet boy was awake and crying for me. God knows what I can handle. My amazing mom came over to stay the rest of the night, while my awesome dad drove us to the airport at 3am. Living 2 doors down from my parents definitely has it's benefits.
We were the first to check in with United... in fact, we arrived before the staff had even started their day. Can you say eager? haha. We knew that one of our four checked bags was going to be overweight, but we were hoping that they would let it slide. Actually all 4 of our bags were overweight, but only by a pound each... except for the 4th bag. They wouldn't even let the 1 pound overage go through, so we had to shift things around, and unfortunately, the 4th bag was 25 lbs. overweight. yikes. We had to shell out $200, but it was worth it... we don't want to leave any of these precious donations behind.
I have no idea how I'm awake right now... must be adrenaline. I've not been sleeping well for the last several weeks... and of course, right now I'm living on only less than 3 hours. It's funny how your body just shifts and adjusts to different stresses in your life, whether they are good or bad. This is definitely a "good" stress.
We'll arrive in DC at 7:30am, right about the time that most of you will just be waking for the day;) Then we'll board at noon and fly directly to Addis Ababa...the capital city of our sweet B**** and M****'s birth country. To describe the emotions running through my heart and brain right now is hard. We are soo eager and excited to see our kids birth country... to experience it. We've fallen in love with it's people, before we've even landed. And of course, we can't wait to hold our children, to kiss their sweet cheeks, to cuddle them, to read to them, to sing to them, to listen to their sweet voices.
We'll be in the air for 13 hours! Please be praying that we are able to get some sleep. And that we arrive without incident. EEEEEeeekkkkk! We will meet our children TOMORROW! Stay tuned as we'll be posting as often as we can with spotty wifi.
We would be remiss if we didn't take this opportunity to say thank you to soo many of you who have helped us get to this point in our journey. Thank you for catching this vision. Thank you for listening to us share our hearts. Thanks for praying over us, with us and for us. Thank you for laughing with us, crying with us, and celebrating. Thank you for supporting us both financially and emotionally. This is not about us. This is what God is calling us to do. We're just along for the ride. This is freakin' exciting! Thanks for coming along for the ride!