Thursday, November 30, 2006

Here I Go

After packing, unpacking to get rid of 12 pounds, repacking, getting more requests for stuff, unpacking, biting the overweight-bag-fee bullet and putting the 12 extra pounds back in as I finally repack for the final time (until I get to Portland and have to unpack one bag to get the requested items to be purchased before I catch my plane in their saved nook) I am ready to go.

Paperwork done, bags packed, roads open to the airport (after last night's freezing rain closed them) kids showering me with love and kisses and promises of missing me and taking good care of Mom, I am off to Portland tomorrow to catch an early Saturday morning flight for DC, and then on to Addis.

I am staying at the AAI guesthouse close to Layla, so I don't know if internet will happen or not. I am so ready to meet our girls. No butterflies yet, but they will surely come. God's peace to us all.


Anonymous said...

Have a safe trip and an even more wonderful journey. Godspeed to you and your family!
Pat and Jane Marcoux

Anne said...

Wishing you the trip of a lifetime -- you'll all be in my thoughts! I'm so excited for you.


Anonymous said...

Have an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy your beautiful daughters!

Anonymous said...

I love you guys and couldn't be happier for you! I can hardly wait to meet the girls. Have a safe trip, you are in our prayers.


Anonymous said...

Rich and Lisa,
May God bless you beyond all measure during these next few weeks. Thinking of you as you'll be leaving one of your little ones behind. But it will be so temporary. We're blessed to know that there are some Vineyard people on the west coast praying for my Vineyard family on the east coast! Truly, Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to meet your newest edition to your already fabulous family. My love and prayers go with you. Nadine

Anonymous said...

Tons and tons of love and prayers are being piled on you in the spirit! Luckily his arm is long enough to reach to wherever you are, right this minute, and give you an enormous hug of encouragement, wrapping you in his love... peace brother!

Bek said...

I just read in Denise's adoption blog that she does for an Oregon paper about some big girls meeting their family and going home. The whole time I was thinking "I know which girls she is talking about".

Can't wait to hear how it went and hope you all made it home safe and sound.

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