October 11, 2012

It's 6:10 AM....

It's 6:10 here and my daughter woke up around 5:15... I must have gotten up 10 times during the night: go to bathroom, go cough where Abi wouldn't wake up, take cough medicine, drink more water, etc. etc. TO say my brain is on overload is an understatement. I'm sitting here with my stomach churning, eating my upteenth peanut butter and tortilla roll-up (they now officially make me gag- but thankful to have food) , watching Abi rock out to the music coming out of my iPod, and thinking about how in the world I'm going to get through the next 30 hours...

Hold on- must go feed  my daughter...

Okay, I'm back. Food eaten WITH a burp.  Oh how quickly the things that get me excited have changed :)

Today is important.

I have an appointment today with the visa department at the embassy.  If Abiella's visa is printed then we're heading to the airport immediately after to go get on a plane and begin the 24 hour / 3 flights home... These tickets were NOT easy to get, and my husband worked for countless hours finding a way to get us home before the "next available seats" (Next Week!) Praying we get the visa and can USE THESE TICKETS.

It's been a good trip, a hard trip, a great trip, a memorable trip, an incredibly special trip, a blessed trip, a scary trip, and an EXHAUSTING trip.  This mama is SO ready to be at home and begin our life as a little family of 3 I can hardly stand it.  I'm scared to let my mind wander too far (will I be home by Friday?) b/c you never know what will happen.  But for now, I'm praying my daughter will poop (Hey, Milk of Magnesia- live up to your hype won't ya?), taking my 2nd Excedrin,  packing bags, charging all my electronics, downing some eggs that were just delivered to our room, gathering my paperwork for my visa meeting, figuring out how to pack everything I need for myself and a baby in a backpack for 30 hours, and praying the visa is printed and the day goes smoothly and we're given super natural peace and STRENGTH.  I'm also trying to remember to be THANKFUL. We have SO much to be thankful for, and the great people I've met here have reminded me that life is FUN and that you can enjoy the ride and lean on God, even in the challenges.  As my new friend Paul put it, "God brought you here.  He brought you to this baby.  You must let Him bring you through it all. Do not worry.  We're not made to worry."

So right now my rock star mama is giving Abi a bath and handing me gatorade bottles and peanut butter roll-ups with a look that says, "Eat this, or else."

So thankful she is here.  So, so thankful.  I don't know how I could have done this without her.  It is a true blessing and gift from God that He made it possible for her to come with me.

And...Abi is HAPPY.  Very HAPPY.  She wakes up smiling... she laughs at loud noises... Sometimes I look over at her and she's just sitting there grinning ear to ear.  I'm so thankful for this 2 week "learning curve."  We've gotten through a lot together and I feel like the bonding has been so sacred.  Now I just need to show her Daddy all her new tricks :) For one, she laughs at Beyonce's song "Upgrade You" EVERY SINGLE TIME.  I'm sure it's the beat or the drums or Jay-Z's voice or something that resonates in her little ears, but the timing is hilarious b/c she laughs right when Beyonce says something sassy.  Looks like this little girl's a lot more like her mama than I realized :)

The power / internet here has been limited so here's a few photos I meant to upload earlier... More to come for sure...

Abi's first head scratch...
Our angels...Paul and Lawrencia. God used them to quite possibly save Abiella's life... They're love is unbelievable.  In fact, yesterday they sent someone to do our laundry for us and Paul came by last night to visit and pray.  He said, "We are your only family here.  We must do this.  You are our sisters and your baby is our baby. And one day when I meet your husband, he will by my brother. When you are a Christian you have family all over the world."

Practicing sitting up and using our neck muscles... (aka- playing.)

View from our hotel. (I bought a cute dress at one of the shops across the street and an incredibly special woman made my mom a scarf just for her...)

Okay, off to continue packing and perhaps change my daughter's poopy diaper... could we be so lucky?!???

If you think about it, please pray for a visa and a safe trip home!

mae







24 comments:

Sam said...

I will be thinking about you and sooo hoping that you get the visa & get to board the plane. How adorable is your daughter?! What an inspring story.

Katye Y said...

Praying that you are on that plane today and have a safe trip/transition home. Give that baby girl a kiss for me. Love you!

Katye Y said...

Praying that you are on that plane today and have a safe trip/transition home. Give that baby girl a kiss for me. Love you!

Danielle said...

Praying praying praying! You are sooo strong and amazing and inspiring, and I love you to pieces. I hope I get a txt Saturday that says you made it home safely to Nashville. I love you!
xoxoxoxox

Even Miracles said...

Blessings to you and praying for the visa. May Gods hand continue with you on this last leg if your beautiful journey to a forever family !

Melissa said...

praying for visa and safe, timely trip home... totally wept when I read today's entry.

Brittany Walsh said...

Can't wait to hear the good news! God is in control :)

Carolyn said...

I sincerely hope that you get your visa today! I'll be praying for you!

Erin said...

Praying praying praying!!!! :)

Matt Price said...

I'm praying so hard!!!! Praying for the visa to come through, praying that sweet, little Abi will LOVE the plane ride and stay calm, praying over your heart and mind and emotions, and praying for your mom as well!! I'm so excited to meet your beautiful daughter and to welcome her home!! I love y'all!!

Robin said...

That first picture cracks me up! Girl is in HEAVEN! Praying so hard everything goes smoothly today!! :)

vintage grey said...

Keeping you in my prayers!! Blessings, Heather

Vanessa {Vanilla and Rose} said...

I'm so happy to see you had a little time to update. I was thinking about you yesterday and hoping that everything was going well. I hope the next few hours go as planned and everything runs as smoothly as a 30 hour trip across the world can! Good luck!

Annabelle said...

I am so glad you were able to update us! I makes my heart smile to see pictures of Abi and you together. I only know you through blogger but I feel like I really truely know you. I'm praying for you, Abi, and your mom to get home quickly and safely! Oh and praying for the sweet hubby of yours to keep his sanity while yall are traveling! ;)

It's Sooo Fluffy! said...

You are so strong! Abi is such a lucky girl to have you as her mother.

Avery Walker said...

Sean posted on facebook that you are on your way home!!! Congratulations! What a blessing!!!

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

Good luck with the visas! Get home safely, ya hear?!

Babygirl said...

watching your journey through this blog is so heart warming. I just saw on your sisters blog that you are in fact, on a plane, coming home, with your baby girl...and for that I praise God, with tears coming to my eyes. Such a beautiful story, and I can't wait to hear about the rest of your journey once you get home! Praise God!

Beth Dorsey said...

"When you are a Christian you have family all over the world." How true, and how beautiful! Why can't more people be so openly loving and kind? Praying for your safe return home and easy adjusting for little Abi. :)

Jessica said...

prayers for safety as you come home!!

Money in my Pocket said...

I just stumbled upon your blog from Penniless Socialite and I am glad I did.I've spent sometime reading some of your more recent post and they brought tears to my eyes! I don't know you but feel so happy for you and your hubby and for that sweet little girl you guys are adopting. Prayers to you guys that everything goes smoothy and you get back safely! I am def. a new follower!
Thanks!
Jenn
couponcalimom.blogspot.com

Ellen A. said...

I am praying that you and Abi are home safely and working on adjusting to your new life as a family of three. If not, strong prayers that you will get to come soon!

Elle to Elle said...

You are such a blessing. God definitely brought you and your husband and Abi together.

Briana@SweetCGrace said...

I am so so so behind on reading my blogs, but these pictures just make my heart so happy! :)