Saturday, January 10, 2015

Night Before Departure - by Brad

It's Saturday night and all the suitcases were packed and double checked well before the Seahawks game started. Once the victory was celebrated, the bags were triple checked and the boys made sure they had everything they needed to keep them entertained for 20 hours of flight. 
After a week of scrambling and preparation, now the house is quiet. This seemed like a good time to type my first blog post in over two and a half years. We wait (and possibly sleep a little) before we have to get up early in the morning, drive to Redmond, and have my sister drop us off at the airport. It's finally starting to sink in that we are headed to Ethiopia tomorrow. To meet our daughter. We have seen her face, prayed about her by name, and anticipated this trip for 7 months. 
Now I can only think about what her reaction will be when she finally meets us. We have heard how excited she is to meet us, but have to wonder how she will feel about it when she actually sees us. Will it sink in that in a month from now she will have to leave everything she knows, everyone she knows, and the culture she knows to live with people she doesn't know? I'd be frightened. We have been praying for God to prepare her heart as well as ours. 
The boys are excited and nervous for their first flight. We talk about how fast the airplane goes before it can take off, the fact that we will touch down in three new continents, and how our sleeping schedule will be all messed up. Hopefully everything goes as planned. We know we have a lot of family and friends praying for us. We have been so blessed and encouraged through this process it is overwhelming. Soon we will have pictures to post and more interesting stories to tell. 

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