Wednesday, July 1, 2009

TOLO! TOLO! TOLO!

We got the all clear!
Marta's cultures are all clear!
We have an embassy date of next Wednesday, July 8th (my brother's 50th bday!)!

Natalie called this morning, early, right after Belay emailed her to say that the final report is in, it's all clear and the embassy will have the papers for Wednesday and we are good to travel.
I started to cry, because I'm a dork.
I couldn't help it and didn't expect to.
(Stop laughing, I know what you're thinking..but really I didn't expect to.)

And now it begins.
We travel today to go home, to do the final whirlwind of prep to leave for Ethiopia!
We go to bring home our new daughter and become a family of ten.
It's a good thing Coffeedad was right there and heard it all too as I keep having to double check to make sure it's real...it feels almost surreal.

Just. Wow.
Finally.
Thanks be to God!!
And to all of you, every one, for your prayers and support and, everything....and now I'm starting to cry again, so I'd better go pack.

Tolo! That's Amharic for "hurry, go fast!"
We are going, to Addis Ababa.
Gabey says this: "Fast fast fast!"
Marta too, I think, will say, "Tolo, tolo tolo!"

46 comments:

Ladybugs appear said...

What amazing fantastic news. I'm so happy for you and your family. I can't wait to see the pic of you all together. Love is in the air.

YEAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

Julie said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! Tolo! Tolo! Tolo!!! At long last!

Mama Dog said...

TOLO!!!!!!!!
Hooray for everyone! Life is grand!

rebekah said...

Woo Hoo! You don't know me, I've been following along since you guys got held up, with interest since we are moving ahead in the same direction, and so also with tremendous support and best wishes for you.

What a wonderful relief - deepest congratulations.

Laura said...

Such great news. You waited so long to hear. Congrats!!!

Heather said...

I must be a dork too because I am crying!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a safe journey!

Kerri said...

Congratulations!!! Happy travels!

The Roberts Family said...

REJOICING with your family!!!!!!! Hug my Getahun! And tell your sweet Marta that we are all so happy she will be in her family's arms. God knows every detail ... don't forget that my friend ... He's gonna be with you each and every step of this journey. In some ways this brings some closer, yet it's a whole new beginning for the next phase. He will BE THERE! Much love!,
Shelly

Adrienne said...

Congratulations! Praying for safe travels!

solas4me said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow....
Absolutely thrilled!!
Cannot wait for you to be with Marta.
Take care friends, we will be thinking of you all.

~Laura~ said...

BEST NEWS EVER!!!!!

Nadja Magdalena said...

Thank God! I am so happy for you. I can't wait to see Marta with the rest of your beautiful family!

Ted and Lori said...

Go! Go! Go! Yay!

msl said...

Michele, I'm So OVERJOYED for you and Marta and your family!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

GO GET YOUR GIRL!!!!!!! YAAYYYYY!!!!!!

Ellen said...

so happy for you guys!!!

Lori said...

Awesome News!!!!! Amen!

Ryane said...

WAHOO!! We are thrilled for you guys! This is such great news!

Yay!

Natalie Fournet said...

Praise God! Look forward to seeing you in Ethiopia!

kristine said...

Tolo, tolo, tolo!!!!!!

Thanks for taking a moment and sharing your joy! You just made my day!

Yay for all 10 of you! Yay for Marta!

Congratulations!

Adoption Cubed said...

Woo Hoo for the whirlwind!!! Go get your daughter!

Rebecca

The Albertsons said...

TAKE THAT CDC!!!!!
:).
love love love love you!!!!!!!

Eastiopians said...

TOLO! I love it! Tears of joy for Marta!!!!!!

Jen said...

Yeah!!!! Tolo. Life will be a good crazy for the next few days : )

Emaye said...

great news! and appropriately my word verification is "atlast". we're so happy for your family!

Tara said...

we are sooooooooooo thrilled praise GOD, now go get that special daughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sara said...

Hip Hip Hooray! Finally!

Kristy -Mom To 6 Blessings said...

Praise The Lord! I literally held my breath as I opened your blog site just now. WHEW! I am so happy for you and your family! Have a safe and wonderful trip! I can't wait to see your newest blessing with her forever family!
Blessings,
Kristy

m&r said...

Yay!! So thrilled to finally read this news. Have a wonderful trip!

Drew Carey Show said...

Oh my gosh!!!! So THRILLED to read this post! I have chills and am celebrating with you! May the packing come together quickly and without headache! Call me if you need ANYTHING! We are so excited for you!!! XOXO Carey

Andrea said...

YEA! Awesome!

Safe travels & God Bless!

Wendy said...

No words. Just happiness for your family.

Erin in Lubbock said...

Hooray! What great news!!

Wolfemom said...

PRAISE GOD FOR HE IS GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whoooo-hooooooo! Yipppeeeeee! So excited for y'all.

Brian said...

Tolo and congratulations! This is wonderful news! Not long now!!!

Drew Carey Show said...

Just popping back in to celebrate some more! Drew and I toasted you and this MIRACLE tonight. Tigist says she wants to call Marta when she gets home to welcome her to America, so be sure to let us know when you're back in country. So so happy for you!!!

Larger Family Life said...

Oh my! You've brought tears to my eyes too. I guess that would make me a dork also!

Congratulations!

Tania
x

chasingsaints said...

Incredible news!!! So happy for all of you and can't wait to see you all together. Godspeed and blessings,
Zoe

Doo said...

Amazing!! Congratulations!!

emily said...

Praise the Lord for He is good!!!!!

Yahoo.

Robin said...

Praise God...Praise God...Praise God! Continued prayers for you and your family as your prepare to travel!!!!

Robin

Sara said...

YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How wonderful. Happy travels to all of you.

zach said...

Sweet! Thank you, Jesus! This is fantastic. I'm so pumped. This is like my fourth comment on my wife's blog friends' blog ever. I'm that pumped.
Zach (belongs to Becca Albertson)

Jennifer said...

Step on it, Mama, you are going to get your girl!!!! Happiness deep in my heart. Have a blessed and safe journey to your Marta.
Jenny

Colleen said...

Congratulations!! Enough said. I'll let you do all of the talking/blogging. Keep us posted :)

Anonymous said...

Hoorah!!!

Jan

Jake said...

I was JUST talking about you guys, and looking back, it was July 1 when I had the conversation! I'm thrilled beyond thrilled for you guys and for MARTA!

In your face CDC. Go. Do not stop. Do not (well maybe) collect $200, and GET ON THAT PLANE.

So happy!!!
(Merica who kinda stalked you guys trying to connect you with some congress people's offices)