Getting Ready to Travel

Life is exciting at our house right now! We have received our embassy date and are preparing to travel. We purchased our tickets today. We’ll fly from Spokane to Chicago to DC to Addis, with a refueling stop in Rome. Russ is quite disappointed that we will not even leave the airport on his first trip to Europe.

Yesterday I got a gamma globulin shot to protect me from Hep A. I generally can’t have vaccines due to my autoimmune disorder, so this is a good alternative for me. It should give me five months of protection. This is the only vaccine I am getting since none are required for travel to Ethiopia. We will not be taking anti-malarial drugs either since it is not a problem in Addis.

I have a list of prescriptions to pick up from the pharmacy ranging from scabies cream for the boys to antibioitics for all of us in case we get sick. Lice shampoo is also on the top of the list. We would like to avoid bringing any little unwanted guests home with us; I can’t imagine dealing with the laundry for all 12 of us!

I’ve spent the day packing for the boys. Based on their weights, I am packing 3-6 month clothes for W. and 24m/2T for E. I have no idea what size shoes to pack for E., so I’ll probably bring a few pairs. The other big question is what to pack in terms of warmth. In photos I can see that the children are often in long sleeves and warm clothes, but it looks like we will have highs of 78 during the day, which seems pretty warm to me. I’m trying to pack various combinations of short sleeve shirts, long pants, shorts, and light jackets for them. I also need to pack diapers and wipes, blankets, warm clothes for the trip home, bottles, baby carriers, toys, and all of the other gear we might need.

I’ve also tossed in a swimsuit for K. just in case we get the opportunity to take the children swimming at the Hilton or one of the other hotels. I can’t wait to see her. I’ve begun to dream about her and I can tell that my heart is bonding to her more and more. It is going to be very difficult to leave her behind when we come home. I hope her little heart and mind understand why she can’t come with us; I know the orphanage staff will help her understand and will translate for us when we talk to her about it. This is one of our greatest prayer concerns.

Speaking of K., we just got a package in the mail addressed to her – that is a first! It was from some of her new cousins who sent Valentine lollipops for her to share with her friends at her orphanage. I’m sure they will be a big hit! Thank you Aunt Laura!

Rather than staying in a hotel, we will be staying at the Addis Kidan (translated: New Testament) Guest House. It is a Baptist missionary guest house that is walking distance to K.’s orphanage. We have heard wonderful things about the guest house and the staff there. Another family from our agency will be staying with us. We met them at the weekend training which we attended last October, and we’ve kept in touch these past few months. We are very excited to be in Addis with them.

I have to get back to packing. I’m sure I’ll have more to share later!


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. PastorMac's Ann
    February 12, 2007

    I’m so thrilled for you. I’ll be praying for K.

  2. Raskell Party of 8
    February 13, 2007

    I am so excited for you! I can’t believe it is here. I want to go with you! 🙂 Love, S

  3. Michael Plaza
    February 14, 2007

    Wow! It must feel great to know the date that you will be able to see your kids!! I will be praying for K. and a safe trip! God bless!

  4. lois
    February 14, 2007

    How exciting!

    You may want to bring one size fits all slippers in case none of the shoes fit.

    Have fun!


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