Thursday, June 24, 2010

Leaving tomorrow

We leave tomorrow to go get Addis.  That is a bit hard to believe. 

We are busy making our final preparations for the next two weeks away from home, so I don't have a ton of time to write about all of things we are feeling, but let me tell we are excited to get back to Ethiopia.  We are excited to meet Addis and create memories that we will never forget.  With that being true, we are also not looking forward to leaving our boys for an entire week.  It's going to be tough to say goodbye to them (I am sure it will be more difficult for Sara and I than them because they are so excited to get to spend the week with their Grammy and Pop).

How could I not miss these two fellas...

I mentioned creating memories.  Sara and I feel very fortunate to have the priceless memories of our first meetings with Lleyton and Parker, and the same will be true for Addis.  I am looking forward to writing an email not unlike the following one that I sent to our families and close friends during our last trip to Russia. 

I will be doing my best to update the blog during our trip.  That being said, the Internet in Ethiopia if far from reliable, so my fingers are crossed.

Hello again from Russia,

Sara and I arrived in one piece on Sunday night after

crossing the Atlantic Ocean and then traversing the

English countryside via bus. Our flight got into

Moscow at around 8pm and, lucky for us, two other

flights arrived right around the same time (one from

Seoul and one from Warsaw). So the small baggage

claim area at Sheremetyevo 2 became even smaller. We

made it through that and my luggage even came with us.

We spent Sunday night in Moscow and Monday morning we

rendezvoused with the Colles for a day on the town.

It was quite enjoyable actually, Red Square is very

impressive. We did a few of the touristy things like

going into St. Basil's Cathedral and walked through

the Gum, which is an incredibly nice shopping mall

right on Red Square. We scouted out areas for family

pictures on Thursday and of course had a meal of food

at McDonalds on Red Square. The arches are


Last night, Monday night, we flew from Moscow to

Samara on the 9:30 flight which put us into Samara at

around midnight local time. We finally arrived at the

hotel, our home away from home, at approx. 1:30am

local, 4:30pm EST.

After a brief sleep we were up for what we thought was

going to be a day of sitting and traffic and filling

out paperwork. To our surprise, the paperwork was

very minimal and we were able to pick our little buddy

up this afternoon. Thus, I am now the proud father of

a beautiful little boy. He is absolutely perfect. If

Sara and I could have drawn up a blueprint of the

perfect little guy, he would have fit that description


We arrived at the orphanage around 1pm maybe. We

spent about an hour there playing with him and picking

up up some paperwork. The orphanage doctor even took

us into the new children's room that they are about to

open so that we could see the curtains that our

donation on the last trip paid for. She was very

thankful that the Colles and Sara and I made such a

generous donation. So that was very nice to see.

The exit from the orphanage was a bit sad actually.

All of the caretakers came and said their goodbyes to

the little guys. It is because of these hardworking

women helped to make our Lleyton who he is to this

point. So to see them as sad and happy at the same

time while watching the boys leave, was a bit surreal.

Lleyton was enamored at first with the car ride back

to the hotel (I am not sure that he ever left that

orphanage other than the two trips he made to the

hospital). But very soon after we left the orphanage

he fell right asleep into his mother's arms.

He has been so playful all day and he has not even

thought about crying once. We ate dinner with the

Colles and he just had a ball playing with a couple of

the toys that we brought for him. The one difficulty

we have run into in the brief time that we have had

him is that he is not too sure he likes formula. But

I just hung up with our doctor in Cincinnati and she

said that was normal, and just try to give him whole

milk or anything else and she will assess the

situation next week when we go to see her.

The gist of this email is that we couldn't be happier

right now. We have the child that we have always

wanted and our journey back home will begin very soon.

We are leaving here tomorrow to head back to Moscow.

We will have a doctor from the US Embassy come by our

hotel tomorrow to examine Lleyton. Thursday is an off

day, so we are really looking forward to getting him

out on the town and taking a bunch of family pictures

in his homeland. Friday we visit the US Embassy so he

can get his visa and then Saturday we are on our way


We can't wait to get back home and begin our lives

with this little guy and we certainly look forward to

being able to introduce him to everyone. Thanks so

much for all of the help and support that each of your

has given us over the last year.

I am going to head back upstairs now to start learning

the words to more Raffi songs and hopefully nail down

some of those more difficult Wiggles dance moves.

Hope all is well back home, see you soon.

Matt, Sara, and Lleyton

1 comment:

  1. Blessings for safe travels and smooth transitions!