On Our Way

In a few short hours, we’ll be heading out to the airport.

We are somewhat packed. Our daughter’s stuff is packed. BDH is mostly packed. Our suitcase full of miscellany (snacks, diapers, odds and ends) is packed. Me? Not so much packed.

It won’t take long. I know what I am taking and I am not taking much outside t-shirts and yoga pants. I don’t plan on going out much… we mostly want to stay in at the hotel and get to know our daughter.

OUR DAUGHTER.

Our daughter is already a fashion plate, I tell you what. And she’s got some pretty nifty toys, too. She’s got bottles and outfits and all sorts of stuff in that suitcase. I know we are missing something important — it always happens — but I can’t be bothered to worry about that now.

Still have a cat to take to the “spa”, and some clothes to wash, and a lot of coffee to drink. I am not taking my mask for sleeping — between carrying it, getting bottled water for the reservoir, and keeping it on the power converter all night long, it’s just too much of a hassle — so I took last night to get used to sleeping without it. And needless to say, I slept like ass.

Well, might as well get used to the sleep deprivation early, because it is certainly coming.

We’re taking a billion cameras. Our daughter, as Kelly has often said, will come to think her daddy’s head is camera-shaped. Well, we’re not going to miss a MINUTE. Also, we’re taking our little inexpensive laptop to store pictures and video, so we can just keep taking MORE. And access the internet, of COURSE. We’ll post what we can of our journey. You’ve shared this much with us, you might as well see it through.

The cats know something is up, and they’re a little freaked out. DUDE. They have NO idea what’s in store. Their little worlds are going to CHANGE.

OUR little world is going to change. In a couple short days.

Our five-year-long journey to become a family is almost over, and a new one is just beginning.

14 thoughts on “On Our Way

  1. WHOOP WHOOP YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am thrilled beyond belief for you! I can’t believe your time has finally come!!
    Enjoy every second of getting to know your daughter and yes take lots of pics!
    I can’t wait to hear all about every little detail!
    Ricki

  2. I am so incredibly proud of you both for sticking it out this long even when it looked hopeless. I am sitting here crying in happiness for you both. I just wish I could be there with you to welcome my niece and YOUR DAUGHTER! I am with you in spirit and can’t wait to hold the most precious new addition to the family. We will just have to make sure Madd Dawn doesn’t 1) scare her too badly, 2) beat the crap out her with all her “lovins”, and 3) teach her too many bad habits. I can just see these two huddled somewhere together coming up with a nasty “too do list.” Hee should be fun. I totally can’t wait. I wish you every happiness and easy transition.

  3. OH. MY. GAWD. I am so excited for you guys!!!!!! I feel like I am going with you!!! O.k. must go! Am starting to cry 🙂

    Yahoooooooooo! Have fun, be safe!

    Rana

  4. Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Have an INCREDIBLE trip! Not like you need to be told that. What I mean is… I wish you the VERY BEST. And not just the lower case very best. Nothing but the upper case VERY BEST for all three of you.

    Dianne

  5. It’s been SUCH a long day without you and our nearly daily Spam updates.

    I can’t wait until you check in, but that’s mostly because I’m a worrier and can come up with billions of worst case scenarios about WHY I haven’t heard from you.

    Promise me you’ll call when you get home.

    *small tiny pathetic voice*
    Promise?

  6. Am I the only one who keeps checking back compulsively to see if she’s updated – even though I know they couldn’t possibly have time to do so?

    Anyone else?

    Anyone?

  7. Bon Voyage, my dear!!!!!!

    Pictures, pictures, pictures. That’s all I have to say 🙂

    Hugs! This is so exciting that it is finally happening!

    Nicky and Jrock, who is also sitting on the couch with our laptop and wishing you lots of fun in Ethiopia!

  8. Yes, I’ve been checking at least twice a day to see if there are updates. I hope their trip is going well!

  9. OKAY, ALREADY, I HAVE POSTED!! And NOBODY has commented yet!?

    Don’t make me throw down the B-word. (We’re trying to cut our use of cuss words to only the people who REALLY need it. Because, you know, we’re worried that baby’s first word might be “bastards”.)

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