Honeybee is On Her Way to Ethiopia

Honeybee is in the air on her way to Ethiopia. We dropped her off at Signe’s house last night where she spent the night before getting up to leave at 4:00AM. They had an easy drive to Seattle, with the exception of nearly hitting a deer. I spoke with Honeybee three times before she boarded her plane, and she seemed relaxed and happy.

This journey is so important for her, and now that the busy work of getting Honeybee ready to go has ended, I find myself feeling the weight of it. She is traveling to her birthplace for the first time in her memory, and meeting relatives who have not seen her since she was a baby. I hope they tell her stories about her mother that she can treasure in her heart. I get tears in my eyes just thinking of it.

We don’t actually know that this meeting is going to take place the way we hope it will. We only know that Adoption Advocates International will make every effort for it to happen. The agency has arranged a driver and social worker who will take them to Jimma where Signe’s son also has family. They plan to visit both families…but I know that plans don’t always work out the way we hope they will. My prayer is that at the very least she will see her grandmother and her older sister.

You’ll have to forgive the quality of the picture above, but I forgot my camera and had to use my phone. Signe and Honeybee are standing next to a photo of beautiful Jubilee, who will return with them in 12 days. Having been through the process four times, I still find myself in awe of what Signe is about to do – to meet a child who is a stranger, take her in her arms and heart, and make Jubilee her daughter. So beautiful.

I hope to hear from them and will update my blog as their trip progresses.

[Update 1/11/10 noon: Signe emailed to say they arrived safely and are at the guest house. I hope to hear from them tomorrow!]

~Lisa

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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.

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  1. The Story of Lilly
    January 11, 2010

    What a happy day for Honeybee AND for those of us following the story! We will be sending prayers that her trip is all she hoped for and more.

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  2. Mamita J
    January 11, 2010

    I've been praying for both Honeybee and you. Now I'll add to that the logistics of actually meeting her family. I know how it can go from "organized and set up" to "flying by the seat of our pants" in a matter of minutes.

    God bless,
    Julie

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  3. Anonymous
    January 11, 2010

    Praying for your mommy heart nad that Honeybee has a great rewarding time. She is so lucky God gave her parents that put there love in him and let her go.
    Christine

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  4. Paula
    January 11, 2010

    Hope it goes as smoothly as possible! So happy for Honeybee!

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  5. Melissa
    January 11, 2010

    SO happy for Honeybee!

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  6. neely
    January 11, 2010

    praying for you and for Honeybee!!

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  7. Valerie Z
    January 11, 2010

    What an amazing journey!! Praying for safe travles and for YOU while your sweet girl is away!! What an amazing opportunity for her!!

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  8. darci
    January 11, 2010

    praying!

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  9. Robin
    January 11, 2010

    OH Lisa, I will be praying for her and for you. This must be so hard, on so many levels. Our SW has highly recommended that we send our son back around the age of 10 — before the idealization of Ethiopian has become permanent, yet distorted memories. I'll be following your blog in the months to come to see how this visit changes her, and you! Thanks for your continued honesty!

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  10. Are These Kids All Yours?
    January 11, 2010

    Beautiful…praying it does work for her sake and for her memory….and for her birth family 🙂

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  11. Andrea H.
    January 11, 2010

    Thanks so much for keeping us posted on this trip. I too pray that they all can meet up while in ET.

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  12. Andrea
    January 12, 2010

    SO excited to hear that she's there already. What a trip this will be. Praying for her and for you all as well.
    Blessings
    Andrea

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  13. jen
    January 12, 2010

    Oh, I can't wait for the next update; you must be a crazy woman waiting!
    🙂 So excited though!
    jen

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