Saturday, November 5, 2011

We're On Our Way!

Today, bright and early, Rob, Ava and I got up around 4 a.m. and prepared to go to the airport.  This little lady woke up about ten minutes before Ava.  Out of the blue.  A little alarm clock?  She started crying and was having no part of going back to sleep.  That is completely out of the ordinary for her.  She's a through-the-night sleeper.  Being wise to the ways of children, we knew our only options were to take her along or let her cry and wake up all the other kids at 4 a.m.  Hmmmm . . . didn't seem like much of a decision.  :-)  So . . . we grabbed the nearest hat - her brother's - and along she came. 

She did not stop talking the entire time we were in the car.  "Is that the airfort?  No?  Oh, maaaaan!"  "Wook at doze wights.  They pretty.  Is that the airfort?"  "You going to Afica Daddy?  Oh, maaaan. . ."  "Doze wights is pretty."  The.entire.time.  So sweet and nothing sweeter than baby kisses to say goodbye on.

Here's the first leg team . . . They should be touching down in Addis Ababa at around midnight our time.  Ethiopia is about 8 hours ahead of us.  Unfortunately, that means they will have to hit the ground running as it will be 8 a.m. Addis time.  Hoping they slept on the plane . . .

Eliza and I will be flying out at 5:45 tomorrow morning - bright and early with bells on!  The best little gift is that tonight starts daylight savings time so we'll get an exta hour of sleep tonight.  :-)  Doubt mama will sleep much anyway, but the idea of an extra hour still sounds nice.

We'll try to keep the blog updated from Ethiopia.  Internet is spotty, so can't promise, but we will definitely give it our best shot. If we pass court on Thursday, we can post photos of the kids.  PRAYING we pass the first time.  If all goes well and all the letters are there, we should pass.  That could mean that our Embassy date will come within 4-6 weeks (or sooner, God willing!) and we can bring these little guys home forever!  In an ideal world that would be sometime just after Thanksgiving and a couple of weeks before Christmas.  (That pretty much narrows it down to the first week of December!)

THANK YOU to ALL of our friends and family who have been and continue to pray for us.  We have felt and continue to feel the peace and sense that you are praying.  Keep it up.  Please.  We love you all and can never put words to the emotions we feel - gratitude doesn't seem to come close.  There is something so precious about knowing you're being lifted up in prayer - truly a peace that passes all understanding.


  1. love the pics, and love the fact that the baby was up and ready for the adventure!!!! too cute :-) praying. that's it. just praying for you all through this week of adventures. i am having so many flashbacks. . . of the fatigue, the excitement, the out-of-this-world feeling. love you all so much, and can't wait to hear all of the details when you get home.
    fly safely!!!

  2. Jennie- I am praying for you and will continue this week, knowing God has BIG things in store and thankful HE is moving mountains for your family! God bless you! P.S. hoping you get to hold our baby girl- here's to praying for our referral this week while you are there :) Love, Angi Cooper

  3. How adorable is your two year old!! We will be praying for all of you as you travel and make this awesome transititon. Good Luck! :)

  4. jennie -- have thought of you many many times this week. so anxious to hear all that went on. you had court today. please blog when you're able. i know you are missing your kids at home...they'll be in your arms in just days :) xoxoxo, jan