Thursday, February 18, 2010


We have been busy packing over the last few days (well maybe weeks). Though the items for ourselves and the boys hasn't been to hard to figure out, we also are bringing donations for the orphanage.

  • diapers
  • wipes
  • formula
  • cold and cough medicine
  • antibiotics
  • diaper rash cream
It has turned our bedroom into a mess. Something I don't do well living in is chaos. It is kind of like living out of suitcases in your own home. I am HOPEFUL that our bins are under the 50 pound limit. I plan on taking them to be weighed today.We got the idea from my sister to use the large luggage straps (find these at Kmart the ones at Walmart are too short). We also wanted to secure the straps on with zip ties. That gives the freedom to open up the bin with out loosing the luggage strap.
When the lid is taken off the bin, it is still connected by the luggage strap and the zip ties. This was Chuck's design to drill holes in the bins to attach the zip ties. My only suggestion would be, do the drilling BEFORE you load your bins.
We leave tomorrow so this is our LAST day to get ready and pack and organize. Chuck has been busy at work building a set for a video shoot he is in charge of the Monday after we return from Africa. Talk about CRAZY !!!! And to add to the stress, Chuck broke a tooth this morning and is squeezing in an emergency trip to the dentist. Poor thing. Prayers appreciated.

Dear Sweet Peas,

We leave tomorrow. After months of preparing and praying it is all coming to the final meeting of you two. As you can imagine, we have been praying even more these past few days for you. little guys...soon.

Love, Mom


  1. Bless his heart. A broken tooth sounds painful. Hope he is feeling better tomorrow for your flight. Praying for you all.

  2. I am so excited for you all. May God bless you with safe travels and peace. I can't wait to see pictures of you with your Sweet Peas!

  3. Safe travels. This has flown by (at least from my perspective!) How exciting that you get to meet the boys on Sunday! Can't wait to see pics. :)

  4. Oh, so excited for you!! :) Praying for safe travels and precious moments together as you meet your little guys face to face...

  5. I know you are dealing with a flood of emotions right now - have a wonderful trip. I am praying for Chuck, too, that the dentist will be able to take care of it quickly. Many blessings as you meet your boys!! :)

  6. oh, it just brings tears to my over the top excited for you all..yayyyy...I can't wait until next Friday :) kristi

  7. Extremely excited for your family!!! It must just seem unreal!

  8. Crying tears of JOY!! So thankful God chose your family to ransom two precious boys and bring them HOME! Praying for your family each and every step of the way. Can not wait to see pics of all of you together!!
    Safe travels and Godspeed...

  9. Chuck needs to stop trying to close those buckles with his teeth.

    The bins and straps and zip ties are such a great idea!

    We are so eager to know you are with those boys.

  10. Luggage straps are a great idea. We just used the zip ties...

    Have an amazing trip. I will be praying for you all!

  11. Can you let me know when you are flying into Nashville and if you'd mind if we met you at the airport? I so enjoyed talking to you the other day. The totes with luggage racks are a brilliant idea. Don't forget bubbles and match box cars!

  12. Have a very safe flight!! Can't wait to read all about your trip. God Bless all of you!!

    Adopting 2 kiddos from Ethiopia.
    Currently #9 for a girl & boy...YAY!!

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious boys....and your precious girls who are staying behind too!


  14. Safe travels and love and patience for all with the transition next week. I am so excited for your family!

  15. wow!! Great idea!

    I am so excited for you I can hardly stand it!!!!

  16. I know you are already in flight and probably won't see this until you are home...but we are all praying for you and your little ones! It has been SO amazing to watch your story unfold...can't wait for our turn!!


  17. Praying for you!

  18. So glad the bins worked well. I haven't tried the little zip locks to keep the straps connected to the bin...good idea. I am sure HH will be blessed to have so many needed items to help care for the little ones there.