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The past week has been a whirlwind of emotions, plans, prayers, being in constant touch with our travel agent, decisions, and more prayers. We feel like God is leading me to go to Ethiopia. So on Nov. 12th, Ali and I will load our plane headed for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We are spending two nights in Dubai for a mother/daughter adventure. Then on November 15th we are going to be escorted to Acacia Village so that we can pick up Hana and Haile. I can’t believe it. I have waited SO long for this. No, we do NOT have Embassy clearance as of yet. There is a meeting between the Embassy and a birth family member also on the 15th. God willing this is the last step in the seemingly endless process. We are praying we would then be granted Embassy clearance quickly after that meeting. We just started feeling like it would be best if I went ahead and went to Ethiopia to begin the bonding process. It will hopefully make the trip home and also the transition a bit easier. We are praying that Ali and I are only in Ethiopia 2 weeks or so…but it is very much up in the air. The bonus is that since we are legally their parents, I can pick them up for the transition home and have them stay with us at the guest home. I am over the moon. I am going to miss TC and Clark so much, but I know this is best in the long run.

I came across this blog where the lady wrote an amazing post about what it is like both before and after adoption. I thought that it is beneficial for those of us going through it and for those that would like to know how to be a good friend for those going through it. click here

Other than the ups and downs with dealing with the Embassy, we have been doing well. There is finally a bit of a chill in the air today. Love it. We have been more than ready for fall weather. Clark went as Spider Man for Halloween. We aren’t really into Halloween..ummm…much at all. But we figured it couldn’t hurt for him to go to some houses to get candy. He stays clear of the scary houses. That is fine by us…glad about that really. Halloween has become so dark and morbid over the years. Not our favorite holiday by a long shot. So now we are on to Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Being with family, eating my mother’s cornbread dressing, and eating and eating and eating. This year Ali and I will more than likely be in Ethiopia. Ali wasn’t tooooo thrilled about that realization as she loves Thanksgiving as well. However, it’s a small price to pay to be spending time with Hana and Haile. I told my mom that maybe after we return home we could get together for a late Thanksgiving celebration. The date doesn’t really matter anyway.

T.C. and I managed to evade the stomach bug last weekend. (so far at least) Ali and Clark both came down with it. The were pretty crummy for a couple of days. Sure hate it when my babies are sick.

We have attended a couple of fun field trips over the last 6 weeks or so. We went to the Houston Museum of Natural Science to watch an IMAX movie and then go through their butterfly garden. They both loved seeing all the butterflies and cocoons. We have also been to the train museum in Galveston which included a small train ride. Clark was in heaven. They allowed us to eat our picnic lunches in some dining cars that they have on the property. That was a nice touch.

I was just glancing back through my last blog post and realized how long it has been since I posted. I haven’t even posted about our eventful trip to San Antonio! We try to take a family mini-vaca to San Antonio ever year to take advantage of the free military tickets to Sea World. Well, we went the end of Sept. We had a GREAT time at Sea World. It was the lowest crowd that we have ever seen there. Which to me…is awesome! We rode everything without waiting in any lines. Needless to say we had a wonderful time………then we got back to our hotel. Our day went downhill quickly. We were going to have a relaxing evening at the hotel taking advantage of their wonderful playground and swimming pool. Ali and Clark had decided to play on the playground (yes, Ali too!) first. All was great…then I turn around to find Ali lying flat on her face in the sand. (so very thankful it was a sand playground). She had tried jumping over the bottom of a slide and somehow caught her foot and tripped over the slide. I heard her yell that she had broken her arm. I had turned to see a site that would send chills down any mothers back. Her elbow was completely out of socket and looked broken. (even the ER doc thought for sure it was also broken) After so much need pain meds in the ER, they took x-rays to see what all was going on. Much to every one’s surprise it was just a complete dislocation. They sedated her and popped it back into place. They then put her in a splint and we were told to see our pediatrician when we got home. Our pediatrician said the x-ray was the worst dislocation she had every seen. Ali just HAD to be an overachiever..haha! She was one sore puppy for weeks. She couldn’t swim for a while due to all the trauma from the torn ligaments and tendons.

Clark is doing well in gymnastics. He will begin his competition season the first weekend of December. I can’t wait to watch that.

Here is a fabulous song by Casting Crowns. It was written about the adoption of one of the members of Casting Crown. I love it. Thanks to my sweet cousin, Cheryl, for telling me about this song. I love Casting Crowns but had not heard this yet.
click here

My ladies small group Bible study is reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I’m loving it so far. It is challenging and convicting. Both of which I needed right now. Our chapter this week is about giving God glory in all that we do. That it is NOT about me, but about Him. One sentence particularly struck me. “The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing God wants to be glorified, because this whole things is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift.” I just loved that.

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Please pray for Ali and I as we travel half a world away to bond with two very precious kiddos. Pray we will stay healthy and safe and I will maintain some semblence of sanity through it all. Pray that we will be granted Embassy clearance very quickly without any further delays.


1 Kay { 11.16.11 at 10:27 am }

We have been praying for you guys during your trip and I can’t tell you how much I miss texting you whenever I feel like it 😉

I also pray you guys come home quickly and safely with your kiddos!! I am going to read that blog posting to find out how best to be a friend during this time!

2 Tessy { 11.19.11 at 2:34 pm }

So good to get caught up with your family. I spent time updating and organizing my google reader list – and their was your blog. A trip to Ethiopia, how exciting. I can’t wait to hear about it. I saw in the pictures a familar T-shirt 🙂

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