Monday, March 1, 2010

T-2 days

Holy Crap things are crazy here!

I can't believe we leave in two days!

This past week has flown by. We had my dear friend Jodie's kids staying with us, and even though at times it was a bit chaotic having 7 kids in the house, for the most part it was great. I'm sure that sounds odd, but really it proves my theory that once you have three, it really doesn't matter how many you have!

The kids were really awesome all week. Having their buds here was really a blessing for the kids and for me! They kept each other busy and entertained, giving me lots of time to organize and prepare for the trip!

As far as the packing goes, we're pretty much set. I still have some juggling to do to get all of the donations for AHOPE to fit! So many people have given so much, it's incredible. Friends from Sam's class gave us everything from Tylenol, diapers and clothes to toys and books...My sisters gave me some money to make sure we had enough stuff to fill those bags up! My cousin Joey owns an awesome soccer store and donated a bunch of balls and a pump! And thanks to my friend
Rebekah, (you know, the marathon runner, who just signed up for another marathon, who broke her toe on the bags she had gotten out of her attic for us to use..screwing up her marathon training, yeah her) we have some great, very stylish bags to pack all our gear in! (can you tell I feel a little guilty about her damn toe?)

anyway, packing is pretty much done.

I've been feeling really nauseous for the past few days, I'm not sure if it's the Malaria meds I had to start taking for the trip or that the complexity of everything going on, everything I've been trying to avoid thinking too much about, is finding a way to get to me...

Obviously, I'm anxious and excited and maybe a tad bit nervous about meeting our son. I know that this trip will be life changing. In so many ways. This is something that I've been preparing myself for, throughout this whole wait. But there are a few other things that I did not prepare for that are really weighing on me too.

We just found out that Caroline has some health issues...she'll be ok but it came as a total shock. We can't get in with a specialist until the end of March, so we were left researching Dr. Google for information. They wanted to put her on medication right away and we were still trying to figure out just what was going on. Basically, very stressful.

We also found out last week that my dad will be having heart surgery while we're gone.

The girls and I went to Green Bay this Saturday to wish him a happy birthday, and give him one last big squeeze before the trip. It was hard to let go.

Caroline had a rough goodbye too...with her puppies! They're staying with my sister Kristin until we get back. It broke my heart to see her so sad...

phew. There's a lot going on. Luckily though, I haven't had time to stress out about the flight! I'm guessing that will come as soon as we board the plane...


rebekah said...

This little part of me was still thinking that perhaps we'd be traveling together... I can't wait to hear everything!!! I'll be thinking of you everyday as I limp around in my Birkenstocks, since my bulbous toes are even more bulbousy these days and won't fit in regular shoes:) Just kidding, seriously, do not think about my toe for one tiny second.

I hope we talk one more time tomorrow!!

Jess and Brad said...

I'm praying for you guys and thinking of you guys!!!

Julie said...

That is a lot going on! Hugs Jess. Thinking about you guys....

Rach@In His Hands said...



You're leaving in TWO days?!?


I'm SO out of the loop now that I don't see you every day. I'm SO happy that you'll be meeting your sweet boy SO soon!

I'll say prayers for safe travels...and ones for Caroline and your dad, too.

Go get your boy!! Can't wait to meet him!!!

hotflawedmama said...

Oh I'm just so excited for you! Can't believe you have all of that on your plate.

Enjoy today, give the kids lingering hugs. Can't wait to see pictures of you with your little guy! :)

Calmil2 said...

OMG, you broke her toe??? Just kidding, that's what friends are for :)
You have a wonderful trip to your baby boy. Everything will be fine and will be waiting for you when you return, so soak it all up while you're there.
Can't wait to hear all about it and see your boy in your arms. Blow Ethiopia a kiss for me, tell her I hope to see her soon :)

Kristin said...

We're so happy for your family Jess! And tell everyone the dogs miss them too, but they are having a blast with their friends here. Have a wonderful trip!!!