Today is the day. It seems surreal that we actually board a plane to our little girl tonight, but we do--- the day is here!!!
I'm a bundle of nerves. I hardly slept last night with my mind swirling with excitement and worry. Luckily Kevin got the boys off to school so I could sleep a bit this morning, but that did not go too well either. I am nervous right now. Its a combination of worry about leaving the kids for so long and how they will do without us and a combination of worry about the unknown. I know the boys will be fine with my sister staying here and taking care of them and I know Mia will too, but she has been asking all kinds of questions that bring tears to my eyes. Since Sadie died on New Years Day, Mia has been concerned with death and going to heaven forever and that we will never see that person or animal ever again. She keeps asking if we are going to be gone forever and needing reassurance that we will come back and we are not going to heaven. Of course we have had some tender moments snuggling and talking through all this and I think she is fine, but I know she is internalizing this and is worried. It breaks my heart to see her worry so please pray for our little Mia. Pray the Lord gives her peace that we will be fine and that He prepares her heart for the arrival of her sister. Pray for the boys that they will be obedient to my sister and that they too will have their hearts prepared for Finley's arrival. I also ask for prayer for Finley and that her heart will also be prepared for our arrival. Her life is about to be changed like never before and I pray that she is open to our love and affection and that she will feel comfort in our arms. Also pray for Kevin and I that we too will be ready for whatever comes out way- that we will be flexible with any changes in plans. Finally, please pray for my sister Cassie as she is taking on a monumental task of taking care of my 3 kids with all their activities. She is a pro at this and is like second mom to them but please pray that things run smoothly and that she does not get overwhelmed with the chaos of our lives. I know she will do great but please keep Cass in your prayers and if you live close, give her a call to check in :)
So that is it. To give you a bit of a rundown, we leave tonight at 10:50pm from LAX. We get into Seoul Korea tomorrow sometime and then we take a hop over to Shenyang Liaoning (where we will get Finley) and arrive at 11:20am on Friday January 21. Saturday we have a free day and then Sunday we get to go to the orphanage at Fushun (Finley's orphanage) all day Sunday where we get to present all the gifts to the staff and kids that my BFF Laila bought. The next day, Monday morning, we get Finley at the Civil Affairs Office in Shenyang. So that is the itinerary for our first number of days. I will be blogging the whole time so you can follow along here. I will be uploading pictures and VIDEO!!!
I want to thank all of you for your support on this journey to bring Finley home. I am humbled by the love and support so many of you have shown our family over the years and I want to thank all of you.
Stay tuned. Our adventure is about to begin!!!!!!!