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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Coming Down the Home Stretch

Ok, most of the bags are packed, the Things' suitcases are packed, the notes are typed to everyone taking care of our Things, the dog and cat are arranged for, and the bag weighing is going on in earnest. Tonite we have the awesome privilege of attending a get together put together by our house group at church for us where they are going to have a time of fellowship and prayer for our family before we leave on Thursday. They invited anyone from the church who wants to come and we are blessed beyond measure by their caring for us. They also had a little surprise shower for us last week on our normal house group night, and we were TOTALLY surprised, had no idea at all. It was so sweet, there were lots of tears, but good ones and we felt so supported. They gave a us a beautiful baby book for adopted kiddos (which we had been eyeing already!!), a new set of baby monitors (and not a moment too soon-our 10 year old ones' charming "buzzzzzzzzzz" is less than enjoyable), a BEAUTIFUL little dress and shrug hand knit by one of the fabulous ladies, and some beautiful flowers and a super yummo cake. Then they rounded things out with making us prayer eggs-they each wrote a prayer for our family on a slip of paper and put it in a plastic egg. Then they each picked a random one and read them to us-that is when the tears really got going!! But luckily, the kids of the group helped me not to become a blubbering mess by one of their prayers: "I pray for the mom and dad to not get attacked by any wild animals while they are in Africa." Oh I LOVE kids, seriously-life would be SOOOO boring without them, wouldn't it? I'm so glad we are adding another one to our family!!

11 comments:

Melissa said...

I can't believe your time has come! Feels like only yesterday we were emailing back anf forth about agencies and such. AHHHHHH! Praying for your safe journey.

Tisha said...

I am so excited for you!! I will also pray that you guys don't get eaten by those wild animals in Addis. Kids are the best. :)

Renee said...

Jody since your covered in prayer against wild animals i'm stickin close to you haha. Can't wait to see you there.

Dawn said...

Have a WONDERFUL time tonight!! I wish I could be there with you!! See you in 2 DAYS my friend!!!

Jana said...

YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see your little lady. It is just the most awesome thing to realize you are going to get your child! The longest labor ever is just about over:)

Paul and DeeDee said...

I know you are leaving VERY SOON but I was wondering if it is possible for you to check in on our little girl while you are there? We received her referral yesterday and she will probably be one of the only girls there. She is 10 months old and has very little hair. If you get a chance before you leave you can email me and I will send you her picture and ethiopian name. deedee1784@yahoo.com Thanks!

tuesdaymom said...

Looking forward to hanging out in the hep ward with ya!

(Is it bad that I haven't started packing yet?? Argh! This is SO unlike me!)

Kristi J said...

so excited IT IS YOUR TIME!! I can't believe it!! Yeah...you're leaving :) Post lots of pics while you're there if you can, kj

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you! The class will be joining me in blogging to you while you are away.

Hello from Emma's class..."We can't wait to me you, Zoe!"

Christy and the third graders at DCA

Brian and Autumn said...

Super excited for you!!

Michelle said...

That is so awesome Jody. Don't you just love the family of God? Our family will be praying also.