What a complete whirlwind! We have waited for this to happen for over 2 years now- ya think we would have been more prepared. Nothing like 13 days notice to fly to
BUT...we did it...even through this awful sickness.
Luggage Packed, Donations Packed, Gifts Packed,
3 kids packed for 10 nights of sleepovers, head attactched.
When we left for
for 10 days the boys were 2 and 5 years old.
I was terrified that Caleb would think that we left him- it was so
The kids are a bit older now so it's not as horrible. Jacob (Mr. Social) is excited and see's this as his own personal vacation w/ friends. Caleb is kind of quiet about it- but I think he's happy for an adventure. Sova-Grace is quite vocal about how this is way too long to be away. She does best on routine and structure...a bit worried about this one.
When I think about them being away from me I will cry...so I just dont think about it. (seriously) I will pray for them before we go and while we are away but then I stop thinking :)
With that said: I LOVE TRAVELLING! I love long car rides, I love airports- even thought about working in one to just pretend Im travelling. I love planes, I love reading magazines that I always wanted to pick up at the check out aisle but never do, I love bumpy dirt roads, I love culture, I like nervous excitement jitters, love hotels and love having 10 days alone with my husband :)
So this is what our trip is gonna look like:
7/24 Tuesday night we fly out of JFK
Wednesday at we arrive in
What's the coolest is that Emrites airline is going to put us up in a very nice and very FREE hotel for the night. (They do this with all excessively long layovers)
I cant get over the fact that we will be sleeping in
on the Dubai Persian Gulf.
Friday- Meet the Twins! Aghhhh!
Sat- Celebrate our 11 yr anniversary by spending the day with the girls again!
Sun- Mike and I will fly to the northern region of
so visit their 1st orphanage, drop off donations, see the area where they grew
up and take hundreds of pics. Ethiopia
Monday- spend the day up north- in the evening we fly back to the capital.
7/31 Tuesday- *COURT* 2 new Turner's!
(* visa's will take at least 2 months after court...thats why we cant bring them home on this trip. They will stay in the smaller orphange until their visa's are issued.)
Weds- our church recently partnered w/ 'HopeChest' in Ethiopia- we sponsor almost 200 kids that live in a large garbage dump called 'Korah.' (see how you can get involved!)