Sunday, June 28, 2009

Final Countdown Approach; Second Edition


It is Sunday. It is my favorite time of day on the beach: that quiet time between afternoon and evening when the beach empties and the sun lowers and the sand still has the warmth of the day running between your toes. I look out to the waves and watch my Little Man and Miss M on the boogie boards, still. And I realize that I have loved this spot in the world best since I was a child, their age. And I know that they will bring their children here, or I hope they do...and they can love it as a home for their heart to rest too.

And then it crowds back in: we are at week nine. We are in the final countdown. The cultures are done. The final final (? yeah, it confuses us too) report is due at the embassy and doc on Wed.

And so once again, we are in a final countdown to launch.

We will soak up our last two days at the beach, gathering up the calm and the soothing of the waves and the sand.....packing it to overflowing as best we can in anticipation of the rocket launch of travel across the world to our new daughter and family.
A dear blog friend pointed out to me that this is our last time together as a family of nine.
Soon, we will be ten, together.

Officially we have to wait to Thursday (or God forbid, Friday, again) to get the all clear to go.
But, we all dare to believe that we are going.

And so, in my mind I have the checklist forming:
Donations: packed, still, in foyer.
Marta's suitcase: packed, still, in foyer.
And then the list of to do's before we go.....it can expand at warp speed in my brain.

But not yet.
For the next two days, I get to dig my toes in the sand and soak in the salty sun.
I am deeply grateful for the time here, in this special place.
I feel the countdown approach but I am going to push it back to enjoy this last sandy time on this beach before our world changes in my arms.
Or, I will pretend to.....because inside, I feel it.
The countdown, it's beginning.

17 comments:

Ryane said...

Enjoy the rest of your time at the beach.

Know that we are still waiting, hoping and praying alongside you.

R

Jen said...

I think that is excitement building : ) Your time to hold that girl is close . It will be soon. I think I must be unusually emotional... I am crying just thinking about it. I will continue to pray for you and for her. What a celebration we will have when I get that email or call saying you are boarding...

Sara said...

The beach is such a great place to be to feel calm and centered. I will hold your family in my thoughts this week.

Jennifer said...

Waiting with you - with fingers crossed, prayers being said, and days being counted.

The Albertsons said...

you know i looooove the beach. perfect place to be right now, right?
sending you all my love and peace...

Nikki said...

Praying for the all clear on Thursday. You shared some of the earliest pictures of our kids with us, and now it looks like we'll meet on the other side of the world. Yeah!

Praying your last two days are filled with a sweet, quiet joy. Our kids have reminded us all day today that this is our last Sunday as a family of four.

Praying for your family!

chasingsaints said...

What a great way to spend this time. Praying for you.
Zoe

Adoption Cubed said...

Praying for you, your family. Praying for Marta. Praying for this week.

Rebecca

solas4me said...

Hoping, praying, waiting with your family.

The Darlings

courtney rose said...

As always, you and yours are on my mind and in my prayers....

msl said...

Thinking of you!! Sending my love and waiting with you too!! Fingers crossed, prayers said!!

Natalie Fournet said...

Oh the beach was the perfect place to be while waiting on the Lord...we are praying we get to meet you in Ethiopia next week!

Tara said...

praying for great news!!!!!!!!!

Guard Wife said...

Waiting here too! We will continue to pray and hold positive thoughts with and for you all!

Wolfemom said...

Praying still and have been since the last court date. May God bring your rpecious Marta into your arms!!

Farmboy and Buttercup said...

Oh, the beach, it IS such a special place. God is showing off for us there, that's for sure.

Praying for these last days to go smooooothly.

Take care!

Colleen said...

It's about time!! God bless you and your family. I'm sure Marta can't wait, or even believe it!! It will be her Independence Day!