...and we leave to begin our adoption of Sofia.
It feels like time is on fast forward right now. There is so much to do and so little time left. I know we will pull it all together but right at this moment the task feels daunting. I think the hardest part is piecing together the schedule for the three boys for 3+ weeks and making sure every details is thought out and taken care of. I'm trying hard to "spread the load" so that there is as much help for my parents as possible and thanks to my amazing friends, I think my parents will get plenty of breaks. Thank you again to my parents and my community of friends that is absolutely the best. Our "village" is amazing.
Hector and I are gathering the last of our paperwork, putting together photo albums of our life to share with the judge, and packing our bags and filling every nook and cranny. We are traveling at a beautiful time of year but a time of year that requires we bring late winter AND early spring clothing...not too easy to plan. We are thinking lots of layers. We're also figuring out all of our electronics so that we can communicate easily to everyone back at home. And yes...we plan on taking pictures. Lots and lots of pictures!
We are taking a leap of FAITH on this journey. We literally have no idea who is picking us up from the airport, where we are staying and how we will get around but have been told that everything is taken care of and to just look for a man holding a sign with our names on it when we exit the airport. I TRUST that everything is going to work out.
I've really had to compartmentalize my feelings the past few days and luckily I'm too busy to really think about the emotional aspect of our journey to Sofia. She weighs heavy on my mind. I wonder if we'll recognize her. I wonder what she'll think of us. I wonder if we'll have an instant connection. I wonder if she's shy or outgoing. I wonder is she's babbling. I wonder if she's a cuddle bug like Joaquin or if she even knows how to cuddle. I wonder if her hair has grown out or if it's still cut short. I wonder if she's petite or a little "tank". I wonder if she is sitting up, rolling over or crawling around. We're so excited to meet her.
Sofia's going to be 14 months old next week. She's still a baby! We've managed to make this process happen as quickly as possible on our end. We HOPE and PRAY that it continues to move as quickly and smoothly when we get to her country. We have been so blessed with both emotional and financial support for this adoption. We are amazed by it all. GOD is watching over us, we know this and we feel this. Amidst the craziness around our house this week, I feel an underlying sense of PEACE.
Thank you for your prayers as we enter the next leg of our journey.