A life of love

A life of love
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

AND.... Here we go!!!!

After all the uncertainty, it looks like we are set!  We have clearance to go to Ethiopia for our November 22nd court date!!!!!!

Whew, it is only just now settling in.  I am really nesting big time, lots to get done.  To prepare for all the needs of the kids at home while we are gone, to arrange for an adult to stay with our kiddos here on the farm while we are out of the country, to think about what to bring, to organize myself.  I don't deal well with what I can't control or with sitting still for long, so a very long plane ride is going to be a challenge for me.  I am already beginning to think about ways to keep myself sane as we travel.  Literally, my head is spinning.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this all unfolds.  But, we are going.  We really are going to see our babies!  I cannot even put it into words right now.  We will have this worked out in the next couple days for sure!

It is hard at times, because for various of our kids the thought of Mom and Dad being gone is unsettling at the least.

I know Kiley and Aman can figure out their food doses and all for their diabetes, but Kiley has NEVER had anyone but Mom or Dad do a pump site change for her - and that is about six years.  She will need one while we are gone.  I have a couple options, but it has to be someone who is comfortable doing that - it is a shot you are giving my kid - and someone that Kiley is comfortable having do it - she is a teenage girl and her pump site needs to go on her backside as the child has such little body fat - needless to say, we need to find someone she feels comfortable and confident with.  Sigh.  I have a couple options and will be calling them in the next couple days to see if we can work it out.  Otherwise I am going to call our Medtronic MiniMed sales rep (Kevin) and see if he knows someone who can help us - like the nurse who came and did Kiley's training and first pump site years ago. 
That is one of the worries that we have to prepare for. 

Make sure the kids have all their prescriptions filled. 

Make sure the pantry is stocked. 

Make sure there are suggested menus on hand. 

Make sure everyone knows where all their various stuff is. 

Make sure we have things arranged for Solomon and Tsion to get to their play performances that happen while we are gone - we will miss their last few shows but I will at least get to see it!!!!

My list will just keep getting longer and I will likely be a nervous wreck before we get going!  That is par for the course.  As Aman put it, "It must be like having your heart in two parts, on opposite sides of the world".  Yep, that is about it.  I will worry about my kids at home, and miss them terribly, and get acqauinted with my newest family additions at the same time.  And when I am home I will worry about the two that we had to leave behind for a while, and love on the eight at home.  The best night is the first night that we finally have EVERYONE under the same roof.  The sheer realization that they are all together where I can care for them - that is heaven.

So, we prepare for this adventure. 

And for the continuance of life.  Packing up summer clothes, cleaning out drawers, making sure all the cold weather clothes are out and handy, reminding kids to dress appropriately!!!  Lugging out things that need to be used for animals for winter.  Decluttering - I can't be the only one who is constantly doing that, am I?  Schooling the kids is a never ending activity - day and night there is learning going on! 

But, tonight, I am tired.  I am looking forward to "the great eight" getting to bed, so I can crawl in and snuggle down and feel all my muscles relax.  I clean stall several days a week, and that has really helped my waistline and health and strength, but I am tired!

Tomorrow is another day.  Hugs to you all!

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


DramaMama said...

PRAISE GOD!!! What a way to celebrate this Thanksgiving in style!! So happy for you!

bsue said...

I would love to meet you guys. I pray our Birth mom interview goes well and we travel at the same time.