In just 5 days, 5 hours, 59 minutes and 36 seconds, we will be on a plane heading westward to Ukraine.
In just 7 and a half days, we’ll officially be meeting with the Ukrainian government and will know for certain who we’re bringing home.
This countdown is at the forefront of my mind as we scramble to get the last few items checked off our checklist. Have we repacked for the 200th time? Did it take into account the added items (or subtracted items) that learned we needed or didn’t need? Are we prepared for a bitterly cold winter compared to Guam? Have we quadruple checked that all documents are in the binder, and any identifying information is with us? Bills paid ahead of time? Enough cat food and litter for Toulouse and Dumbledore? House deep cleaned and organized? Post office notified? Debriefed at work? Library books returned? The list goes on….
This will be the longest trip that we have taken yet. The idea of 6-10 weeks in a foreign country (for Audrey, at least; less for me) is really quite daunting, especially when the climate is so much colder than what we’ve grown accustomed to. The language and customs are foreign, and we’re a world away from everything we are familiar with. When we’re also traveling “blindly” in regards to our referral, it adds another level of not knowing what or who exactly to be prepared for.
Yet despite the stresses, we cannot help but feel an ever-bubbling sense of excitement. In just over a week, we’ll be receiving the referral for our child. At long last, we’ll be fulfilling what we know to be God’s will for this journey. But it doesn’t end there. We know that this is where the hard work truly begins.
To those family and friends that have helped to support us on this journey and have taken this leap of faith with us, thank you. We know this adventure has had more than a number of twists and turns, but we’re finally in the home stretch! Stay tuned for more frequent updates as we get ready to travel!