Friday, August 21, 2009

PREPARING

Preparations are being made. It’s hard to believe we are finally talking about these kinds of things – plane tickets, where we’ll stay, seeing Koko for the first time, meeting Koko’s birthmom, what she’s eating/drinking, and the list goes on!

We’ve got house projects to finish and jobs to prepare to be away from. Wow. Just wow.

After a minor glitch with CIS fingerprints not yet received in Addis, we’ve learned all is well with that now (whew). We’ve got air booked – we leave Denver Sept 10 to stay in Dubai for a couple days before arriving in Addis on Sept 13 . We are staying at a guest house called the Ayat House with some pretty cool people we know. We hope we get to meet Koko Mimi for the first time on the 13th. And the in-country staff is working on arranging a meeting with her birthmom while we are there.

Slightly surreal to be at this point. But it's also...

Absolutely. Totally. Perfect.

smj

11 comments:

Ryane said...

See you there!! We don't arrive until the 14th though. We are staying at the Bejoe.

Can't wait!

Rebecca said...

Do you "anticipate" bringing Koko back with you on this trip, or do you go back and get her later? Pretty over-the-top exciting!

Jeremy and Sheila said...

I was looking for someone who would be willing to take pictures of my little guy while you are there. If you are able to would you email me at sheila_jeremy@yahoo.com. Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan & Chad,
We are so thrilled for you two. We know what it feels like to see your child face to face and hold her for the 1st time after dreaming of the moment for so long. We will pray for your safe travel and God's blessing of instant bonding. We were to travel at the same time as you but God's timing has us coming after rainy season. Our son has been waiting for a long time and we also wait to hold him as well as our infant (sibling) daughter. I can't imagine the work you have making plans and arrangements for your travel. I would really appreciate if I could send you a (little) package to take to our children. If you could email us kmaclam@juno.com we would be very thankful but we understand if you are too busy. God bless you, Leslie & Kevin McDermott

Stacey said...

We are with Gladney and just received a referral for siblings ages 4 and 2. I would love to be able to send them a small care package. If you think that would be possible please e-mail me. anastasia.mckee@sbcglobal.net
Paul and Stacey McKee

Tanya and Tony said...

This post makes my heart sing!!! Happy packing!

Susan and Chad said...

Leslie and Kevin - we've gotten your comments, and sent two emails but aren't getting reply back so are thinking you are not getting them - we are happy to take photos, or anything for you guys! I'm not getting errors back saying that the emails aren't going through but email us and maybe we will connect that way... mustangpc66@yahoo.com
Blessings to you - look forward to hearing from you!
Susan and Chad

Lisa and Peter said...

SO happy for you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Chad And Susan Wow how exciting for you. You are the most patient people I know. Blessing to you and Koko she is one lucky child to have you as her parents.

NamMom said...

We're arriving on the 13th and staying at the Bejoe. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tracy and Eric

Little Ethiopia(n) said...

We stayed at Ayat house just last week...if you have any questions email me gospaulding@yahoo.com
-kat
ps--CONGRATULATIONS!

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