Mike is leaving today for a flight out of JFK tomorrow. He will have a whirlwind trip! Arriving in Addis Ababa on Thursday night, he'll have a visit with someone from the boys' extended family on Friday, pick Abu up, and head right back to the airport Friday evening for the LONG flight home.
Abby is taking this opportunity to have a few days at Grammy and Pappy's house. I think she has packed five pairs of shoes for her four-day adventure. She is also looking forward to watching movies with Grammy, helping Pappy, and playing outside, especially with the kittens.
So it will be me and the two boys here at the house for a few days. Then, hopefully, Saturday night we will ALL be together!!!
Coincidently, the CDC amended their policy on TB last week. It looks like other adoptive families facing similar situations as ours will not have to go through the extensive waiting period that we have. I am amazed to see this policy change so quickly, but it is so obviously the right thing to do! Perhaps our case was one of those considered when the policy was reviewed, and we were able to play a small part in making others' journeys easier. If so, I am glad for that.
Mostly, I am rejoicing in anticipation of getting to know one very special boy. (Check out the video below from the delivery of his last care package by the Lanzillotta family. Here's what they said: "We talked to Robel before we left and he said that Abu was told that Daddy would be there Thursday and he would fly on the airplane home with Daddy on Friday. We were told he was VERY excited!" Next package comes from Dad, buddy!)