I'm not sure if you knew that or not but Zach and I certainly had our doubts. We had our doubts that we would bring home the boys for another few months.
But today we found out otherwise. We will indeed be traveling to pick them up. When?
June 23rd!!!!!!!!! Less than a month!
When I called to tell Zach that we got our travel date we both thought the same thing, "Really?" With Tariku we ran into so many hurdles, everything that could go wrong or slow, did. But this time it's as if we're hitting all the green lights, very crazy.
Which is what these boys deserve. They deserve green lights to a family. They deserve no more hurdles to finding love in our arms.
Their parents are a bit in shock.
We actually get a whole month (almost) to plan, which is pretty amazing in international adoption. Last time we got just over 2 weeks' notice.
So it's happening and we're beside ourselves. When I got the email I was busy feeding the kids (our CSA delivered fresh strawberries, lettuce and radish last night so we were dining on that, the perfect thing for this excitable belly). Tariku fell to the floor, started kicking the air and yelling, "Mommy and daddy are going to get our brothers! They'll be home soon!"
And that's when I cried.
Because I realized bringing them home means so much more than just bringing on babies to love for us. It means Tariku gets siblings who look like him, siblings who have the same terrific and horrifying memories. Brothers who may not be biological but who are certainly similar in histories. I am so excited for him, for us.
I can tell you their names, I was told.
Tomas and Binyam.
Still no pictures until June 22nd. I'm already creating a slideshow for you. :)
But we booked our tickets. Flying NW/KLM June 23rd and coming back July 2nd. My nephew is due July 2nd so my sister-in-law has to either deliver early or keep him cozy for awhile.
As for us, we're pinching ourselves and giving praises to the Author of this story. We are praising God for these blessings, these terrific blessings. We are in awe of His grace and humbled by His mercy.
We hope the boys wake up this morning with a feeling they can't shake, a feeling that they are loved most intensely by a family half a world away.
This family, my family, who will be complete in less than a month.
3 habeshas and 4 mostly-germans, sounds like the strangest, most amazing pairing I've ever heard of!
Thanks for letting me share, thanks for being "my people". Watch for my next post about "people".
Tomas and Binyam, we're coming!!!!!!