Saturday, October 16, 2010

Numbering Our Days

I'll just cut to the chase. We have an embassy date next Thursday, just like we wanted. We have booked flights home, leaving Addis the night of October 25th and arriving in Kansas City the evening of October 26th. Tomorrow we return to our agency's guest house, where we have our very own bathroom. (And the angels sang, and the peasants rejoiced!) We are happy and blessed. When all is said and done, we will have spent thirty days in Addis. I suddenly feel like that's not long enough, like I don't know enough about Ethiopia to properly convey to my daughter what her home country is like.

At the same time, we are so ready to get home, to stop living out of suitcases, to slip back into the ease of knowing how to get what we need when we need it. I am ready to cook our own meals and do our own laundry and sit in my very own chair while my daughter plays.

I am ready to see her sink into her new life, to move through the hard parts where everything is new to her and we still don't understand each other all that well. I am ready to give her a bath in our own bathtub, where the water always works, and she won't have to stand there scrubbing her tummy while we wait for it to come back. I am ready to just be her mother at home instead of in someone else's space.

It's going to be hard, I know this, but it is going to be good. It is going to be so, so good.

After today our internet will be very limited. We will try to check in at least once next week. If you don't hear from us, know that we are collecting stories to tell you once we get back. We look forward to being more present to all of you then.

So let's hear it for October 26th! HOORAY!

9 comments:

  1. Yeah!!! I have so enjoyed following your blog. You're a great writer: you should write a book! Seriously.

    Elli

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  2. HOORAY!!! We are looking forward to greeting you at KCI-can't wait to see you with your daughter. :) I agree with Elizabeth, you should write a book. I've had several people tell me that after reading your blog.
    Love to all three of you. :)

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  3. You get to be home for Halloween! Yay! We have plenty of costumes if you want to borrow one.

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  4. Yay! Can't wait to read about your adventures once you get home!

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  5. You are on the home stretch! Yay!

    Safe travels to you, and may everything go smoothly and without complication this next week. My prayers are with you!

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  6. We would love to meet you at the airport if you are open to a larger welcome party! just let us know - depending on the time we would love to help welcome Nola to Kansas City (but also understand if it is a smaller gathering too)!

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  7. We would love to meet you at the airport if you are open to a larger welcome party! just let us know - depending on the time we would love to help welcome Nola home (but also understand if it is a smaller gathering too)!

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  8. Mary Liz and Kelly,

    They've decided on just the four grandparents at the airport. If they change their mind, I'll let you know.

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  9. Sounds good! We have a hug waiting for her when we meet her! Hope all the travels go smoothly ahead.

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