All it really takes is one rather large credit card purchase, one 3 hour train trip, and 15 hours on a stuffy plane. In my opinion, the expenditure is really quite reasonable when it means that this is on the other side:
Unfortunately, it's not yet time for both of us to make that global leap to Africa for the second time. There's a reason, however, that I emphasize both of us. The reason is that one of us will be doing this very thing this week:
We have some good friends, Josh & Courtney, that live in our province who are also adopting two baby boys from Ethiopia. The twist in their adoption journey came when they discovered they were pregnant about half-way through the process. Now it's time for their boys to come home but Courtney is too pregnant to travel. They asked Kevin if he would be willing to take her ticket to Africa to assist Josh in toting their sons across the world to their new home. Of course, my husband was more than happy to oblige.
So this was the scene at 6 AM this morning as he scooted out the door to catch the early morning train to Beijing to re-board the same flight we were just on three weeks ago. I tried my best the night before to not only pack his suitcase but to pack his brain with every baby trick I've ever learned. Our friend Leslie "lent" us her three-month old son for practice so Kevin could learn the ins & outs of diapers, soothing, and all the other baby know-how that just seems to come more naturally for us women folk. Courtney & I agree that this international escapade our husbands are undertaking has potential for a reality show...
One Really Looooong International Flight...
Will they all make it in one piece?
On top of the comedic effect this event will most definitely bring, we're thankful for this unexpected opportunity for Kevin to serve our friends and to love on our sons. I have to admit that I'm a bit jealous that it's him going instead of me but bringing home my friend's children with her husband just might not be the wisest course of action. I'm just glad that one of us will be there to give that extra amount of attention to Sami & Micah. Plus, this whole experience for Kevin will hopefully make our own homecoming trip with our boys that much easier. Hopefully...
So until Sunday (or maybe even Tuesday...we're not exactly sure how long this trip will be!), Beans & I will be cruising solo at the casa. We should be able to keep busy to help the time pass quickly. Well, I'll be keeping busy that is. Beans' idea of busy is relocating herself every so often for a new napping location!