So, it has been crazy the past several days! Crazy fun!! I get butterflies in my stomach every time I really think about us getting on that plane to head to our little girl and her country. I am filled with so many emotions, but mostly gratitude. I feel so blessed and am so thankful that we have gotten to this place. Boy it has been wonderful and growing and challenging up to this point, and I have a feeling those words will continue to be used for the rest. I can now look back, even over those several weeks of not getting through court, and realize how much God held me up and literally walked us through to this point. I have never been so "in his hands" before, and I can see now what a gift that is. My relationship with Him is like it has never been in my entire life, He knows this and I am guessing was all part of the plan. What a great place to be with the Lord as we are getting ready to make this journey to Ethiopia.
Our friends and family and blog-world friends: You are all so important and special to us and this part of the process would never have been so rewarding and deal-able (I know that is not really a word, mom don't call me on that :) without all of you. Sometimes just looking forward to reading your e-mails and posts was what made everything "fun". Your prayers and commitment to friendship and faith has blown both Pete and I away, and I am really touched by the world of people who are out there. I invite you all to join us on our trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We will be blogging as much as possible and would love to give you all a look into what we are doing, seeing, feeling, etc. These may be my famous last words. I realize the power, the new baby, the sleep, the (hopefully not) stomach issues, may make it tougher to blog, but we will give it everything we got. Here is the schedule of what we are doing:
Saturday night- leave
Sunday night- arrive
Monday - morning shop
afternoon **seeing Gabrielle for the first time**
Tuesday- Take Gabrielle with us
Wednesday- Embassy appt.
Thursday- visit orphanages, etc
Friday night- Leave
Saturday morning- ARRIVE HOME