We made it! We landed on African soil this morning at 7AM after a 12 hour flight. It was perfectly smooth and uneventful – unless you count the oversized jar of Nutella that security intercepted from our carry-on. Who knew a paste isn’t legal in carry-ons?! It was my primary plan for getting some weight on our boy, but Plan B is French fries which we hear are his favorite.
We hung around the guesthouse all day to rest and charge up for our big day tomorrow. THE day we have been waiting for. The day we will fly to his orphanage to set eyes on each other for the first time.
I calculated while we were on the flight and it is one week short of 9 months from the day we were given his referral on November 7 to the day he will be in our arms on August 1. It’s exactly how long I carried Charlotte and Brooks, this was just our paper pregnancy. I love little coincidences like this. They’re like love notes from God reminding us that He is in every detail. His timing is indeed perfect.
We got an exciting call from our social worker today and instead of being flown to Addis on Wednesday, #McAffryA will now be able to fly back with us on Sunday! Those four days would have felt like an eternity without him, so we are relieved and so grateful for yet another detail working in our favor.
He leaves the orphanage without even a shirt on his back, so I spent this afternoon packing his bag with two outfits, pajamas, two pairs of shoes and all kinds of universally loved toys. This picture shows what will be waiting for him when we return to Addis on Sunday. He has said he wants to be a pilot when he grows up, so his first plane ride tomorrow will be telling!
We are completely humbled by the number of people who are praying for us and our sweet boy. If you’d like some specific things to pray for, here they are:
- that #McAffryA’s heart will be open to us
- that the amount of love we have for him will shatter the langauge barrier
- that we will know the right questions to ask and words to say when meeting his uncle
- and most of all that #McAffryA will bond and attach to us as his parents and that he will see himself as hand-picked, chosen and loved
Can’t wait to share his sweet face and name TOMORROW!