Pull up a chair and I'll share with you about the last two days of my life. Everyone is asking for details and here they are...Thursday morning, I finished up a tour at work, sat down to rest, and was about to head out for my next meeting. I was already running late, but needed a few minutes in the comfy chairs to rest. My phone started ringing…then it stopped…then it rang again, from Canada. Darn telemarketers, is what I thought!
SW: Kara, it's Lesley.
SW: Do you want to go to Ethiopia?
Me: BALLING MY EYES OUT…ugly cry style!
YES!!! (STILL BALLING!!)
SW: Take your time…
(few minutes of me crying)
SW: Okay, I need you to go home, buy some tickets, and pack, because we need you in Ethiopia by Tuesday morning at the latest! Can you do that?
Me: Tuesday?!!! Okay. Yes, we can do that.
SW: Are you sure? If not, we can move your court date.
ME: If you said to be in Ethiopia tomorrow, I would make it happen!!
(In between all this, I was just crying!l)
So, I hung up the phone, stood up, looked at my coworker, and she said "Can I hug you?!" :D
Called Josh, called our parents, called a few friends, texted a lot of friends, forgot to call a few people, and cried more! It took me over two hours to leave work. We have our biggest mission trip of the summer coming next week…lots to prepare for.
Couple of coworkers took me to lunch and we discussed all that needed to be done while I was gone. Then I went home, freaked out, texted mom and said "Hurry over! I don't know what to do!" I also emailed an adoptive mom friend who went through this last month (frantically emailed her). She called and said "Are you okay?!" Me: "Yah, I just don't know what to do. I'm just walking around my house." Buy plane tickets and pack…is what she told me! I finally relaxed in Issa's rocking chair and listened to her tell me what the trip was going to be like.
So, we leave tomorrow. My half of the suitcase is packed. I assume Josh is packing today. Today, my goal is to read three chapters for my child psychology class, take a few quizzes, and rest!
Here is what we need prayer for:
1. We land Tuesday and head to see Issa, after a quick stop at the hotel. Pray for this first meeting. I don't think all my days in the church nursery have prepared me for this moment.
2. We will say goodbye to him Wednesday, most likely. This is not a walk in the park, I assume!
3. We will not be bringing Issa home this trip. The US embassy, after court this week, will need to get his passport and visa ready. This could take 1-2 months. Will you pray for a quick turn around? Miraculous? You see, my brother (that lives in China) lands in Tulsa on Tuesday and will be here about a month. Then, he won't be back for two years. It would be really nice, if he and his family could meet Issa in person! Even if only for a few minutes…
Thank you to lots of people! A few of you have let me whine and complain and talk about this all the time. I bring it up randomly at lunch and you listen…you have stormed the throne of God asking for this day…it's here!
There is still more tears to come, more waiting, but, for now, we go to meet our son!!