We finally have a date to travel! We have heard from the embassy in Addis, and they have completed the interview with the mom (one last journey to the city for her) and we have an appointment at the embassy for our family interview to obtain visas on June 25th. This means we are leaving on June 21st! Yeah!
I’m getting so excited to finally bring them home. Admittedly, I’m also feeling the nerves, as the reality of our family changing forever becomes measured in increments of time that make sense to me….no more “sometime in early summer” or “sometime in June”. It’s now something I can put on my calendar, right between piano lessons and baseball tournaments. As wonderful as that is, there’s no denying the periodic bouts of hyperventilation! Five kids! Sheesh!
Jake and Emilie are starting to also get excited. Em told me that she’s practicing what facial expression she’ll chose when she first meets them. I asked her if she’ll give the new kids a hug when she meets them, and she said “Just try to stop me!” While Jake can’t wait to meet his new siblings, he’s not as excited to see the city of Addis. We have been honest with them both about the hard parts of visiting a third world country, trying to prepare them for the sights they’ll see. He knows it will be tough to see the little ones on the streets begging, as well as boys his own age hustling the streets to clean people’s shoes, working hard to make it on their own. My sensitive son would rather not see it. I know how he feels.
We continue to covet your prayers as we travel across the world to get our new kids.
It’s still amazing to me that God is putting this family together the way He is!! If we can just survive the plane trip home!