Monday, August 30

Should I stay or should I go?

Since our referral and then our quick court date- time has started to flly!  (just 39 days until we travel!) And until just a few days ago.....We had a BIG decision to make.

Was I going to going to stay in Ethiopia and wait for our embassy appointment or was I going to head home for a few weeks and then travel back? 

Not an easy decision.  I'm pretty sure we went back and forth a few hundred times. Bottom line:  I'm staying!  Now that we have decided, I can't really see it any other way.  There are ALOT of good reasons to stay, but the most important reason? In a word, Justice.  (JOY!)

We plan on taking placement as soon as possible after we pass court!  This will give Jeff and the kids a few days with her before they head back to the good ol' US of A.  Then, it will be me and the little Missy solo. (along with a few guest house buddies I hope!)

I'm actually REALLY excited about having this extra time to bond with Justice outside of our soon to be "normal" day-to-day life....And I'm thinking it's going to be a pretty special time for both of us.  (big happy tears rolling down face) 

I'm hopeful that we can break through the language barrier at least a little bit and work though any " kinks" before we make that LONG FLIGHT HOME!?

The whole thing is like a DREAM!

In the meantime.....I've got to get focused.   Focused on....

More fundrasing...ANOTHER garage sale (this Saturday!) AND a car wash....(hopefully next Sunday..)  Still putting items on my online store and selling things on ebay too!

Endless house projects (safety locks on cabinets, etc....) And loose ends like..

We've got all our travel shots except for that darn yellow fever!!!!...-so that's on our TO DO LIST.    

AND while we DO have our tickets booked...(Thank you Jesus!)  WE still DON'T know where we are going to stay.(it's tricky cause we don't know how long I will be staying!)  We've gotta figure that one out asap. ( I think we are between two choices at this point?)

Luckily...I don't have to start packing just yet but I'm starting to think that is going to be a super BIG project and I may need a few tips. (hint-hint!)


  1. Wow!! That is so great that you'll be able to stay in Ethiopia with her! What a blessing!! SO excited for ya'll!

  2. wow! looking forward to hearing all about it :)

  3. SUCH a great decision! You won't regret it! Stay at BeJoe- they are SO wonderful! And pack lots of snacks- whatever you like really, but I suggest some good protein packers- nuts, protein bars, etc. for those nights you don't want to order out again... And of course some chocolate- you can't get any decent chocolate there! Except the chocolate ice cream at Kaldi's coffee- YUM!

  4. How cool! I'm so excited for you! What a great adventure. Can't wait to hear all about it!!!

  5. That is great! What a blessing to have that extra time to bond and to not have to leave her!!

  6. So excited for you and your family. What a great time for you all!

  7. We were able to fly Ethiopian Air and they were awesome! What a blessing to be able to stay for the entire time! We did also!! Great for bonding!! We stayed at the Ethiopian Guest Home it was like staying with family there. We stayed extended so it was very comfortable for us. We got a room with a full kitchen and dining table for 6 in the private kitchen, so we took lots of ramen noodles, refried beans & tortillas, we made almost all our own food. Nobody ever got sick. We did eat some Ethiopian food which was delicious but the majority of our food we took!! We also took some packets of crystal light to flavor the bottled water which really helped. But you can get a nice cold coke there so don't worry about that!!


  8. Hi- This is Jessica Friedrich (1/2 of the "No blog F family" on the FBI). My husband and I have the same court date as you, and I am also considering staying in Ethiopia over the stretch! I would love to talk to you and see what your plans are! When you get a chance, please email me at jessfriedrich at homtaildotcom.

    I look forward to hearing from you!