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


everywhere.






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


wonderfully.






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


home.






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!

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