November 5, 2009

We Have a Travel Date!

We are leaving in two weeks! The day after my birthday! AND, we will be spending Thanksgiving in Ethiopia. What a wonderful birthday present and appropriate holiday to spend getting our daughter! Marley will have just turned six months old. Her suitcase is all packed, well repacked after a trip to Target!
Our trip is totally in God's hands. It's so crazy and amazing how he orchestrates everything. We were so worried about getting to her and about being delayed another two weeks. It ended up being the perfect timing for childcare. My in-laws will be coming up to Springfield to take care of Miles. He is sooooo thrilled. I'm also excited to actually have a fan club waiting for our return in the airport...haha! Sweet Marley. Precious baby!
We will get to visit Marley's orphanage where she came from and hope to bless the pants off of them with donations. Some of the items they need are:
  • toys
  • clothes
  • shoes
  • socks and underwear (new)
  • coloring books, crayons
  • cloth diapers
  • blankets
  • bottles
  • formula
  • Children's Medications (Tylenol, etc.)
  • Band Aids
  • Thermometers
  • Toothbrushes/Toothpastes
  • jump ropes
  • coats, jackets and sweaters
If you would like to contribute any of these items for us to take, we'd love to share this opportunity, to be giving, with you. We are allowed four bags up to 50 lbs. Additional bags, we will handle the fees associated with them. We do ask that items be gently used or new. If you are in Springfield, please let me know if you would like to donate any of these items and I would gladly pick them up. If you are out of the area and would like to make a monetary donation, I will see to it that it is used to purchase needed items. November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and God calls us to care for his children and those in need. I really hope that you all, my friends and family, are able to share in the joy of giving and help us to show appreciation for the orphanage that helped nurse our sweet baby to health and brought her to us!

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Gretchen Magruder said...

SO excited for you!! I can't remember...which orphanage is she from?

Tania said...

can you e-mail me your address...I can get some of these things together. tbryan6797@yahoo

Congrats on your travel dates. You are in the home stretch, girl!

Shonni said...

Oh my gosh, I am so excited for you! I pray that I will follow you soon to bring home Keshawn!!!

Alida said...

Elisa, CONGRATULATIONS .... so glad you guys are able to leave sooner than anticipated ... I'm sooo happy for you .... and me b/c you'll get to take something with you that's very special to us ... will have something your way by this weekend. Thanks again so much girl!!!! Can't wait to see Marley and Miles and you guys in one picture!!!!

elisa said...

Biru Zemen is the short version of the name of the orphanage. Hope that!

Breann said...

That is so awesome!!!! Can't wait to hear how the trip goes. Please kiss our sweet boys and tell them we are coming. I can't wait to get my arms around them. Congrats

Sam's mom said...

you are so close! I remember when I was "2 weeks out" and it's a crazy time. Stressful but exciting and so many things in between.
We will continue to pray for you guys. Cannot wait for that first "Marley in my arms" picture!

waitingonhim said...

Yahoo!! So excited for you both! God bless you as you complete your packing and prepare for your trip!

Hubbards said...

So excited for you!! Give our little guy lots of cuddles from us!!! :)
Praying for safe travels for you!

Alida said...

Yeahhhh, so excited for you ... I know your trip means a lot to you ... it's been a long time waiting .... but it means a lot to me too .... I can't wait for you all to return an hear your reports and updates. May you all get back safe and sound with little Marley!!!