Well off we go – with the beauty of auto posting – the fact that you are seeing this means we are already on our way. Lots of people have been asking what we’re doing when, so here is a little run down of our days (at least as we have “planned” them).
Sun 12/14 – head to Washington, D.C., arriving about 4 p.m. drop stuff at the hotel and take the bus/metro into the National Mall area and see some monuments with Dustin & Jen who have never been to D.C.; try to stay up kind of late so we can sleep on the plane
Mon 12/15 – leave for Addis at 9:30 a.m. It’s a 15 hour flight with a short stop in Rome to refuel
Tuesday 12/16 – arrive in Addis around 8:30 a.m. Get our visas, exchange money and claim our HUGE pile of luggage. Find our driver and get to the guesthouse where hopefully we can check in and freshen up. Then we plan to go back out and do some light sightseeing/shopping
Wednesday 12/17 – spend time at Hope for the Hopeless. Jen has some Bible lessons prepared and we have games to play with the kids and crafts to do. Assess needs and figure out how to spend the nearly $800 that you guys gave us for them.
Thursday 12/18 – More time at H4H – another Bible lesson. Hopefully go see their new building. Do some shopping for them.
Friday 12/19 – Final day at H4H – Bible lesson and pizza party (or some sort of fun treat for them).
Saturday 12/20 – Sightseeing and major SHOPPING!!!!
Sunday 12/21 – Church?? Visit Grandma Hailu (kid’s grandma)
Monday 12/22 – Get Wendemagegn & Beza!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday 12/23 – Hanging out at the hotel which has an indoor heated pool and game room. Plus we have lots of games and toys and things to do.
Wednesday 12/24 – Embassy appointment. Pray all goes smoothly.
Thursday 12/25 – Merry Christmas. Hang out at the hotel.
Friday 12/26 – Get all of our kids paperwork; fly out of Addis at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday 12/27 – Arrive home – via D.C. and Denver
Noah and Natalie will have the next week off of school still which is great. As a family we’ll be laying low for awhile, trying not to overwhelm the new kids with too many people or too many things too soon.
We have internet access at both places we are staying although I have no idea what it will be like. We really hope to post updates while we are there so keep checking the blog.