I am thrilled to say that I have two of the most precious VISAs in my pouch safely tucked against my heart. How faithful God is and oh how He loves the orphans!!
I was up early, early, early because I wanted to be sure to find Elijah and Elizabeth in their cribs….I took pics (which I will post from home) of the route from our room to their beds…Elizabeth saw me coming and started yelling, “Mama! Mama! Mama!” I ran to her in her crib and snuggled her against me and said, “Today’s the day Elizabeth – today’s the day!” She said, “Bye-bye Teacher, bye-bye Ronald (the little boy who peed on me and sleeps in the crib next to her), bye-bye Olivia….” Yes, I do believe she understands that she is leaving and coming home FOREVER!!
When Isaiah was in China I would tell him that we are “way-jah FOREVER” (family/coming home forever) and he would smile and relax….and so with Elizabeth and Elijah I tell them over and over how they are coming home FOREVER! (and I say “forever” really loud)…and they laugh and smile!
Please pray for the flights, airport waits – we wait in Amsterdam for 5-1/2 hours…all of the experiences will be brand new with a mama, big sis and big brother that they barely know…faces, people, sights, etc., all brand new. Just the security at the US Embassy made Elizabeth cry with such fear and Elijah has a death grip on us when we have taken him anywhere…anyway, thank you for your prayers in advance.
It will take about 36 hours to get home, including flights and layovers…4 flights. I was even thinking that if any of you lived in Minneapolis I would love to meet, but I hadn’t gotten to post about it.
Dw is somewhere between Amsterdam and Detroit (I think, but maybe he said Chicago…)…and we hear there is bunch of snow at home and Autumn says air travel has been interrupted, at least it had been last report.
Emma is feeling better. There was even a bit of concern that she had malaria. I said, “Oh Lord, please not malaria – we need people adopting these beautiful babies – not afraid of the malaria….but we thank Almighty God that she is muuuuuuuch better. No doubt – the power of prayer.
I need to head down to the baby orphanage and bathe my sweet little cherubs and prepare to head to the airport. Our flight leaves at 11pm…headed home – forever!!
And for the record – not to worry – I have many stories to tell and pictures to post of Africa – God has done so much and we rejoice that all of you have faithfully prayed us through each part of the journey – we have no doubt it was the power of the prayers of the faithful prayer warriors who made this journey so ‘smooth’ and ‘easy’ compared to many adoption horror stories!! You guys totally rock!!! I am thinking of a “friendship” trip with some of you ladies to love on the babies, go to the slums and who knows what else God will do!! =)
I will post tonight from the airport, I pray!!
With love from Uganda!
Linny, Emma, Graham, Elizabeth and Elijah xoxoxoxoxo