Well, today is departure day. It seemed like yesterday it was still a few days away. Nope! It's here. Thankfully, yesterday was a great day. Bags were mostly packed (2 suitcases and 2 carry-ons). Clarion's suitcase is right around 50 lbs. Mine is around 46 lbs. I think we're ok there. We just had to do a few last minute things yesterday and then enjoy some quality time with our boys, Clarion's folks, and good friends from church. It was a very good day!
In two hours we'll be backing out the driveway. I'm enjoying my morning coffee as we speak. I think everything is in order. I double and triple checked the lists. I'm really at a loss for what I should be typing right now. We've been through this before. It's hard to describe the feeling. Those of you who have done this before can probably relate. In a week Clarion will be on her way back. I'll remain in Vlad. I guess that's the one major difference from last time. I guess it will hit me when she departs and I'm there alone, waiting out the ten days. No fears though. Vlad is pretty much like a second home. And Mom will be joining me toward the end of the ten days.
The best part is that in just a few days we'll see our little one again face to face. Even though I can't be with him face to face during the ten days, I'll see him two or three times. Hopefully it won't rain a whole lot so I can get out of the hotel a bit. Anyway, now I'm just kind of rambling. I felt like I had to post something as we depart this morning. Thank you to all of you for your prayers. Please keep them coming. Thanks be to God for all of the wonderful people whom He has used to bring us this far along in the journey of adoption. I feel like this is the end of not just the adoption journey we began a year ago, but the end of the one we began about five years ago when we started our first Russian adoption of two wonderful boys. Never did I think we'd be going back to get their biological baby brother. The Lord is good!
So that's all for now. Next post will be from Vlad. Paka paka!