Saturday, December 22, 2007

merry christmas and we're off!

in just a few short hours we'll be getting on the plane for Ethiopia!!! i truly cannot believe this day is actually here. and that we're actually packed! all we have to do today is give the dog a bath and clean the ceiling fans. and find ben some socks. considering yesterday ben had to tell amanda we hadn't even started packing i feel pretty good about the state of things. hound is a mess. he's curled up on the bed right now and actually whimpering - he knows the jig is up and is coping by following us from room to room.
so we're having our friend Bob pick us up from the airport and i need to take the car seats over to him today. last night as i put the bundle-me's into the seats (thanks aunt kristie!) it hit me that we're going to have little babies in them so soon. ( i guess the two cribs and everything weren't enough...) it's so amazing. i know it hasn't actually been that long but i feel like we've been waiting an eternity to be parents, that we've endured hours of advice, and as of Christmas morning when we meet our daughters for the first time it will all be up to us and I am so looking forward to it.
i want to extend many many thanks to those of you who have supported and loved us through this - we truly could not have done this without you. our mothers, sisters, and mary alice especially, for being constant sources of encouragement. when i was home for the benefit show john and isaac made me give a speech. and of course i cried like a baby because so many people showed up to support us and looking around the room i realized how many people love our daughters without having met them.
we won't be posting from ethiopia so you'll all have to wait until we get home to hear about how we fared in africa and on the plane ride home. of course if they scream for 20 hours straight i'll have clawed my eyes out so it probably would have looked like this anyway hgjdjghjdfshguewihfv huhfuhgbvl fhsalhvjl.

i hope everyone has a blessed and exciting 2008!


Jennifer & Ty said...

Been thinking about you... we hope you have a safe trip and that meeting your babies is more than you ever dreamed.

Beth said...

We can't wait to see you two and your beautiful daughters!!! Anna hope you are feeling good. Please please call when you return to Brookland. Beth & Ben

Jen said...

It was great meeting you in Addis! I'm looking forward to seeing your posts when you get back. Too bad we live on opposite sides of the country. I'd love to hang out more. Take care and I hope your journey home was uneventful.

Mike & Jo said...

We hope your trip was fantastic and are excited to hear details & see pics! (fellow Brooklyn'ers)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to hear details and see pics when you can! I'm sure you are trying to get back to a normal state of mind at the moment. :)


MaryPaul said...

On a scale of 1-10, how tired are you right now? We can't wait to hear from you and see pictures!