Monday, November 27, 2006

Landing (with update)

So, they are (by all airline accounts) on the ground in Bole Airport--a full 8 minutes ahead of schedule! Now the REAL adventure can begin!!! Our agency director is supposed to be leaving for Ethiopia tomorrow, weather permitting, so it will be an added bonus if they can meet her and thank her in person for the dedication she has shown to the children of Ethiopia and the families, like ours, who have been so blessed by her work.
***Update---I just hung up the phone with the boys! They were standing in the kitchen at the guest house when I called. I was able to speak to both of them. They both said they were doing well, the flight on Lufthansa was awesome and they are pretty much awake (with quite a few others at the guest house, so I understand). All of their luggage made it there safely and they had, according to the Boy, a "unique" ride from the airport to the guesthouse. He said it was just a regular road they traveled on, which by his account contains no traffic signs/signals at all. They were welcomed warmly and were happy to meet the other families staying at the guest house. They are scheduled to arrive at Layla/Wanna tomorrow morning at 9:30 their time and meet H and Baby T! I can't believe the time is finally here! They plan to go out for dinner with all FOUR of them tomorrow night and I'm supposed to call to speak to everyone tomorrow around noon CST! On an aside, the internet connection is apparently a little "rough", according to my husband, at the guest house, so I'm not sure how much contact we'll have that way. On the bright side, our phone connection was crystal clear with no delay. We are using two types of prepaid cards (Extreme Africa and Africa Plus+). You'd think they were right next door! So, now to pass the next 24 hours of waiting...

4 comments:

faith said...

This is so exciting. I can't wait to hear the next installment! What a great day tomorrow will be. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Julie Cooper said...

Ditto what Faith said! You are sooooo going to LOVE talking to Helen for the first time! I'm so excited for you! Back four months ago when Brett went to Ethiopia to pick up our kids, Baye's English was very, very limited and our phone connection was horrible during Ethiopia's rainy season, but just hearing Baye utter, "HELLO, Mommy! I love you!" is a precious memory I'll always treasure.

Anonymous said...

I can clearly envision them hanging out at the guest house. I'm jealous. You have the tough job...the waiting. Things are moving for them over there so the Pats should be doing well. Best of Luck tommorrow. Larry

patjrsmom said...

Thanks, everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Larry, I agree with you, I do have the tough job-although Pat keeps trying to make some point about travel to a third world country and back with three kids by himself. I keep telling him that there is nothing that three kids on an airplane for 20 hours can't do that the kids who live here haven't tried yet!