May 17, 2008

We're Off!

This morning we got up around 4:45 AM and started the long journey to our son. Some dear friends of ours got us to the airport with plenty of time to spare. Just before we left though, we managed to snap a couple pictures.
Just before leaving the house

On the luggage (thank you Robyn) we didn't do too bad at all. The little gray bag in the front is our one shared carry one. The three pieces in the back are:
Purple = Quint
Black = Quint, shoes, and snacks
Red = Anton & Myself.
Despite what it might look like, we packed very light. AB and I agreed on three pairs of pants, four shirts and a light jacket. We'll just have to make due. Good thing the 50 diapers we had to pack will be seriously depleted by the time we come back.

Ok, so let me explain; I was sad to leave the fur babies and a little scared about traveling so far from home. In the back of your mind, you worry - what if??!?! But I know it will be fine and our animals are in great hands. I just miss them already. Especially with Kaleigh being so sick this last week. It was hard to say goodbye - so I got a little weepy in the car and for posterity, AB snapped a picture.

Meanwhile, we had a pretty uneventful flight to D.C. and are now quite comfortable in our hotel room. We decided to stay off property from the airport and are really glad we did. Our room is fabulous and totally affordable. The only picture I didn't include is of the kitchen area. It's really much more of a room than we expected and we're just going to relax until our morning flight out.

So, this is it my friends. Until we're in Addis Ababa and can find an internet cafe to post again. I almost hate to sign off - because I'm so excited to post pictures of Quint when we get him. I can't wait for you all to "meet" him. It's sooooo overdue, eh?

We leave early tomorrow morning to meet the family we're traveling with and board our flight to Ethiopia. By the time we land, it will be the middle of the night in the states. By the time you all wake up on Monday, we will have our sweet boy.

Wish us luck! We're anxious, nervous, excited, and READY all rolled into one!

Love and blogger hugs -


Dawn and Dale said...

How exciting!!!!! :)

Safe travels and we can't wait to see pictures soon!!! :)

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Okay. I am crying now with ya...
I am sooo excited for you girly...
Looks like you are on your way to your first baby....
Monday can't get here to soon..
LOVE YA girly..

Briana's Mom said...

Good luck!!!

I totally cried the night before I took off for China! I was scared and excited all at the same time. And I had a bad cold on top of it...

I can't wait to see Quint in your arms!

Paul & Robyn: said...

We just got home from the Miss M's birthday party and I had to check in on you guys! You and AB were the topic of conversation: are they in DC yet? When will they leave for Africa? etc..The bounce house was not the same without you....though it was fun and we will definitely have some pics to show you!!

We are so excited for you guys and Monday can't come soon enough!!

Love ya!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is really happening for you!! Enjoy the excitement & best of luck. Can't wait to hear the update when you and your new addition are home! ~Holly
p.s. I spoke to Kelley about China adoption 3yrs. ago when I lived in Dallas & found your blog through hers.

Emy said...

I am so glad you were able to make one more post so I could say GOOD LUCK!! This is going to be a blast for you guys!!! Can't stinkin' wait to see his precious face.

BTW... nice digs!

Carrie said...

I'm sending all my thoughts and prayers for a safe and uneventful flight. I hope you can get some sleep tonight! I didn't sleep a wink on the eve of our flight to Addis.

I can't wait to see your little guy!!

Erin said...

Girl, I miss you!!!!! You will have to check mine and Robyn's blog for some really cool pictures. The slide was a blast - you would have loved it! Can't wait to see more up-to-date pictures of Quint. Not long now, my friend!

Love you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Holy Moly! Y'all have a safe and happy journey. Can't wait to see pics.


Mary said...

How very exciting! Have a safe and happy trip!!

Lili said...

happy travels. Wishing you a safe and healthy trip. Go get your boy!!!

Donna & Joe said...

Can't wait to see your first family of three photo! How exciting!!

Donna :)

Andrew & Stephanie said...

I can't believe the time is finally here! I can NOT WAIT to see the three of you in a picture together! You enjoy the trip to get your baby boy!!

Stacey said...

WOw... I am sitting here this Monday morning getting James ready for school and it hit me that your life is about to become so much fuller today!! I am so excited for you and my prayers and thoughts have been and are with you and your family as you step into a whole new world. Be blessed and enjoy every moment! Stacey

Room for Grace said...

Waiting, not so patiently!
Hope it's going well, can't wait to see pics.

Room for Grace said...

Waiting, not so patiently!
Hope it's going well, can't wait to see pics.

Catherine said...

Ooo...I just read your last line and got goose bumps as it's now Monday afternoon so Quint is in your arms!! Congratulations!!!

Praying for you as you learn from one another what it's like to be a wonderful family of 3!