Tickets are booked!

We've waited almost three years to type those words!

It's such an unbelievable journey that started out in a country we fell in love with and will always hold a special place in our hearts.  After all of the changes in the Ethiopian program our hearts began to change and we began to wonder if Ethiopia was right for our family.  We began to pray for God to give us a sign.  One morning, on my way to school, I began to plead with Him.  I asked for some sort of sign that we should stay with our current path to our second child, or to leave the Ethiopian program and add to our family in a different way.  At that very moment, this song came on the radio.  I knew that God was speaking to me and I felt peace.  When I arrived at school, I logged into my computer and onto the CHSFS waiting children's list (like I did every Monday).  It was then that I saw our daughter's face and I knew at that moment she was supposed to be our daughter.  Something about this little peanut spoke to me.  I knew that He leading us to our daughter who was waiting for us in a country that we didn't know too much about.  God truly is amazing and he has a way of reaching out to us when he knows that we need him.

Fast forward eight months and many wakeful nights and I can say that we are finally going to meet our little girl!  We've stared at her picture for so long that I feel as though I already know her and we can honestly say that we love her so much already!  I can't wait to meet her and for her to get to know us.

We will be flying out of the Minneapolis airport on Friday, November 19th and should arrive in Cochin, India on Sunday, November 20th at 7:45 am.  By that afternoon, we should arrive at C's orphanage!  We will spend a few days at the orphanage and then fly to Delhi on November 23rd.  We will stay in Delhi to complete the Visa process and will be leaving Delhi at 1:30 am on November 30.  Our plane is scheduled to arrive back in Minneapolis in the early afternoon on November 30th!

Although we know that our journey as a family of four is just beginning, we also know that God will be there to help us through the tough times we will go through and that with His help we will become a strong and loving family of four that we've waited so long to become!


No Greater Love said...

WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!! More excited than words can say, Nikki! :) I'll be praying for you all the time. And checking my computer CONSTANTLY for updates!

Sarah said...

I am absolutely thrilled for you!!! Can't wait to see pictures of you holding your little girl!!!

Peter and Nancy said...

What a reason to celebrate! I will be one of many following your trip to meet your daughter -- can't wait to see those first photos of you together! God bless you as you get to know each other, and enjoy experiencing a little bit of her birth country.

Julie & Patrick said...


Can't wait to follow along with the best part of the this long journey...when you are united!


Brad and Renae said...

We are so very happy for you. What God has started, He will finish! I have chills thinking about this trip for you ...and I can't wait to see your blog updates. Please know we will post you name on our bathroom mirror as a reminder to pray for you each and every day on your trip for logistics, safety, and lots of bonding and joy! Thank you so much for being willing to share your story.... it helps so much in the wait and provides so much encouragement.
Praying for you-

Christy. said...

I am so, so, so excited for you!!! I can't wait to hear all the details. If you have any question at all please email me... cgladheim@gmail.com
Hugs as you travel for your sweet girl!!!

Kristy Hall said...

Friday???? I don't log on for a few weeks and look what happens! We can't wait to see you holding your newest member of the family. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions before you leave for SKB or while you're there. We'll be watching your blog for updates!