May 18th, 2011
Delta Flight: Seattle to Amsterdam
Dear Lil' Miss,
Daddy and I are on the plane – finally on our way to you! After almost two years of waiting to see your face, it’s hard to believe that now it is only a matter of hours.
Over the last several weeks, we have been preparing not only for this trip, but for your arrival home! We have been finishing the nursery, packing, shopping, packing, getting vaccinations, packing... We feel so ready to have you in our arms forever!
This morning/early afternoon, Grandpa and Grandma VG came to pick us up and take us to the airport. After almost eight weeks of packing, I felt (for the first time EVER!) oddly prepared! I think I cried all morning, a lot of the way to the airport, and even spontaneously now as we are in flight! Leaving your big brother was one of the hardest things I ever had to do (I cry even now thinking about it!)…but I did it! And Monkey put on a brave face for me, hugged and kissed me, and waved “bye-bye” with an excited smile! I guess all our preparation paid off.
As kind of some extra “kisses” from heaven, our local Ethiopian friend from church showed up in his taxi at the airport! He was just working – but wow! So amazing to see him! He helped us with our luggage and gave us big hugs before sending us on our way.
By the time we got to the security lines I had to pee SO BAD so daddy got in line while I (literally) ran to the bathroom and cut my way back into line! ;) It was well worth it. =) All the security was very helpful too! I had one item I forgot to put in the quart-sized zip lock (who knew hand lotions were now considered liquids!) and my home-made (actually ANNIKA-made) granola bars made them look twice…but even the man who searched my luggage was very friendly and even taught us some phrases in Amharic! I can’t remember them now, but that’s what the phrasebook is for =)
Well…we are about halfway at this point and already I can feel my legs and feet swelling and my skin is dehydrated. =( Not fun – but worth every second just to see you my dear!
Until next time….ALL my love,
P.S. You love daddy the most subconsciously. (Daddy hijacked my computer ;)