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Monday, January 18, 2010

At Last, Travel Plans

At last, travel plans.

My status on Facebook tonight reads:
Purchasing tickets from Chile to the USA within less than a 24-hour window is not ... ahem ... economical. Good thing I'm using Mastercard! What does their commercial say: "Because there are some things money can't buy ..." Yes, I guess this is one of those times! LOL
I have to laugh because otherwise I might cry. It seems so surreal and there is a part of me that is still scared that we are going to fly across continents and oceans to find this is only a dream.

But dream or not, Pedro and I fly out of Iquique tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. our time (8:30 p.m. Eastern time.) We arrive in Miami at approximately 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday and will be met by Pedro's brother Mateo and his wife Raquel, who have graciously opened their home to us for the week we are in the States. We're excited to see them!

If all goes according to the plan I was given tonight, we will then need to drive to Orlando to meet Ian and Alec later that same day (Tuesday, January 19.) I am still not totally clear on this but I believe our adoption coordinator and the children she is bringing - there are others besides ours - will fly into a smaller airport and then drive to Orlando. I just keep reminding myself that these plans are fluid and we need to be flexible. It will all work out!

Our children at home will remain in the care and company of our missionary colleagues the Spink family, bringing the total number of children under their roof to ten! Needless to say, Eva, Isabel and Owen are very excited about this week-long slumber party.

Thank you so much for praying ... please continue to pray ... we will not rest easy until our boys are finally in our arms. Even then we need to try to quickly obtain either US passports or tourist visas to Chile in a matter of just a few days. We know God has not brought us this far not to work out those details as well!

But we definitely rest in your prayers. Words cannot express how they have sustained us not just this past week but for two long years. Thank you for sharing this journey with us!


Russell Raymer said...

Praise the Lord - we are so thankful to hear the blessing of our All-powerful God!

Anonymous said...

Yay! It will all work out.

The World of the Wacky Wombles said...

I'm so happy to hear that travel plans have been set! I hate the cost that this is costing, but I know that is a SMALL price to pay for getting those boys to their Mom and Dad!!! Will be praying for you and for the events that will be transpiring over the next few hours and days!! God is in control!

Melissa said...

Oh, wow, I am so excited. Not long, and they will be with you!!!!

alejandra said...

bueno, parece q se necesito un terremoto para q pudieses tener a tus hijos en casa!!! (ironico)

muchisima suerte y un fuerte abrazo para barbara!

Valeria said...

Felicitaciones, Stephanie!!!! Finalmente llego el momento, dentro de tanta tristeza!!!

Mandale un beso a barbara de parte de la mama de Kennedy. Explicale que estuve in and out from a hospital con problemas estomacales. En cuanto pueda, me comunico con ella.


Terri Fisher said...

God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good! He will provide all that you need, as He has done time and again! Wish we could see you while you were Stateside, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

What wonderful, exciting news at last!


Vashti said...

SO SO SO excited for you all!It has been a loooonnnnggggg wait...but when you have them in your arms, all yours forever it will all be worth it and that pain that you have had and longing for them will all be just a memory!
God is so faithful.
Hope everything goes well and I will be praying all the way over here in South Africa.

HatchersInChile said...

Praying that you all arrive safely in Florida and then return safely and quickly to Chile!!

Penne Hatcher
Santiago, Chile

Stacey said...

Praise the Lord! We will be praying for safe travels and that everything works according to plan. Be patient while waiting. Yeah your boys are going to be home. We will also be praying for the adjustment for the boys of being in a new place. Bath those boys in your love. We will pray for your other children that they will have a good time. Love ya,

M at Hidden Valley Simplicity said...

SO happy!

stephanie said...

i cannot even begin to tell you how happy i am for you! finally!! i am just covered in goose bumps every time i think of you. congrats!

Carin, priceless child of God said...

My heart is so filled with joy for you... it is an unbelievable adventure... so funny how God chooses to work things out! He is so incredible! Praying!
"To give them beauty for ashes,the oil of joy for mourning,the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be GLORIFIED." Isaiah 61:3

TwinsplusTHREE said...

I am so excited for you! I woke up several times last night and prayed for you guys after reading your whole story last night. God will carry you through the next several days and you will have an amazing story to tell. Try and get your rest!

Kathy said...

Will be praying here in TX for safe travles for everyone and things go as smoothly as they can with the government involved.
Can't wait to see pictures of you reunited with your boys.

Ellie said...

praying and still praying. Will keep it up until you have all five f your kids all together, and even then will keep praying for that meshing, healing, and adjusting you all will need.

I'm so happy for you. I feel like I've been holding my breath in prayer since it happened!