April 24, 2008

We are leaving!

I've been running like mad for at least 2 weeks. Today it will finally pay off. We are packed and (I hope) ready to go! Seth and I fly out tonight, but have to take the kids to their grandparents for the week (2 hours away). I've been teasing Everett relentlessly about a tooth he needs to pull before I leave. Yesterday, he checked that off the list!

In October, my mom's church collected vitamins, coloring books, and crayons to donate to AHOPE. The "packing monster" has been lurking in a corner of my basement, slowly and steadily growing since then. He moved to my bedroom a few weeks ago and got completely out of control until we contained him in four very large suitcases. Here's the progression:

Our next post will be from Addis! We covet your prayers for our health, meeting our kids, the three who are staying with family, and for our trip back!


the Steiger's said...

I can not wait to see you in ET. Have a great time!!! ENJOY!

Carpenters said...

The day has finally arrived! I was so excited to be packed and on our way! I can't wait to see you in Addis with your two little ones. Have a great trip.

With Love,

alisafmartin@yahoo.com said...

Can't wait to see you with your kiddos!!!!
Alisa :)

shawn and tisha said...

So exciting! I'll be praying for you guys.
Safe and Peaceful travel to you,

K.P. said...

First off...ditto to all the other posts about seeing you WITH your kids!

Second...hats off to you and the packing. WOW!

Third...did you buy that brown bag with the purple lining when you read it was good on the Ethiopia Adoption blog (by Mary)? Cause I did. :) I love that bag for day trips out with the fam. I'm not sure how it will do with travel. It will be nice to hear it from you. I'm planning to wear a baby sling and wondered how it would do with the backpack/purse. Take notes will ya? :)

Love and prayers!

Jen said...

AAAAGHHH! I have chill bumps! The day is finally here! I can't believe you are leaving! Safe travels to you sister!


Vicki P. said...

Seth & Apryl, I can hardly believe the day is finally here!! I guess about right this minute you are in the airport going through the check-ins. I am so excited for you and so thankful for you and all your co-travelers and the love you are sharing with hurting kids half a world away! Prayers for a safe journey and lots of sleep on the way there!!

E said...

Yay! I'm so excited for you guys & praying for a wonderful journey...and a good time for the kids at home. I wanted to call you, but didn't realize you were leaving the night before - and once I realized that, it was too late. :( Anyway...I'll be thinking of you guys and praying for you all as you make your journey there & home...and then begin the bigger journey of becoming a family of 7!