Well, we are out of here tomorrow! I don't know how it happend but Robby and I are NOT on the 8:30am flight with the rest of the Nashville group- we were put on the 1:10pm flight which is soooo much better in soooo many ways! We arrive in Washington at 4pm and our connecting flight to Ethiopia departs at 8:30. That is a MUCH MORE tolerable layover for us! YAY!
I wished I had taken a picture of my dining room table with all of the donations all of you provided. It was overwhelming!!Matchbox cars galore, bubbles, jumpropes, crackers, granola bars, soccer balls, art supplies,dolls, bouncy balls, soocer jerseys, etc... We opened the suitcases last night and photographed the goodies so you could all see!!! Thanks again to all of you!!! There is nothing else going in these bags....The scales won't allow it!!! You should see this tiny carry on Robby and I have. We don't need much so we aren't taking much!!
???Wonder how much we raised for this trip???? How about a little over $4500 PLUS all of this loot in our 4 bags!! You are all awesome! Thanks again for all of your support!!! We are so blessed! I can't wait to show the kids what you have packed for them! I can't wait to shop for them in ET to provide essentials that they don't have! We are overwhelmed with your love and support!!! Thank you! Thank you!!
So saying goodbye to my parents today was hard. I can't imagine saying goodbye to my husband tomorrow. I probably won't wear mascara... If I do I won't have any by the time I get to the gate at the checkin desk at the airpodrt. Pray for him too...he will mostly be working, but he will be all alone. He has never been all alone without us for more than 2 days... Caitlin is at my mom's, then she will be home with Phil for a bit, then Caitlin is heading up to her grandma's house in Kentucky! I love you Philip and Caitlin! Be good, KNOW that we love you, and we will be home all together REAL soon! Hugs and Kisses!
Feel free to use anything that you find useful on this blog. We are all in this together, all trying to advocate for the orphan and raise awareness of the need to ADOPT. I am not trying to attach my name to anything, just trying to bring attention to the fatherless.
We are a family that has truly been blessed! Phil and I were married 9 years ago and we NOW have 3 amazing children! Robby is 15 and Caitlin is age 13, and Mamo age 5. God sent Robby and Caitlin into our lives shortly after we were married and each moment has been a joyous one! In December 2010, we adopted our youngest from Ethiopia, Africa. We are a family who has been created by adoption and have been blessed beyond measure! I have the most amazing husband in the world...Philip you are my ROCK and my BEST friend! :)
July 20 Met Daniel Mamo in Ethiopia on Mission Trip with Ordianry Hero
July 21 Phil says YES and schedules Homestudy AppointmentJuly 24-Robby and I Return Home from Ethiopia
Jul 29 FIRST Homestudy Visit
July 29 Sue with CCI agrees that we may pursue Mamo!
Sept 8 Dossier completed and submitted
Sept 9 I-600a completed and sumbitted
Sept 20 - Daniel receives care package from us and learns he we are coming to him to be his FOREVER family!!
Sept 28 Ethiopian Courts RE-OPEN!!
Sept 28 Payne/Mamo case submitted to the ET courts Oct 12 Received FIRST Court Date of Nov 10th! Travel booked! Woo hoo!
Oct 19th Fingerprinting Appointment for I600-A Nov 4 Begin Journey to Ethiopia Nov 10 Court Date in Ethiopia - WE PASSED!!!!
Nov 12 Come home! Praying to go back SOON to bring him home FOREVER!! Nov 22 Mamo's Birth Certificate issued!
Nov 29th Mamo's Medical Clearance and Passport Issued Dec 8 Receive email that we have been cleared for travel for Embassy appt Dec 16 Dec 13 Begin Journey back to Ethiopia Dec 16 US Embassy Appointment Dec 19 Return HOME as a family of 5 Forever!!!