Friday, March 26, 2010

Casen is home!! Be prepared...long post ahead

I know it took a while but, I am finally ready to write about our trip....

The trip there:

We left Springfield about 10:15 am got to Chicago for a 2 hour layover than on to Washington for a 4 hour layover then the long fligt to Addis...we did have one stop in Rome but it was just for refueling...noone was aloud to get off... We arrived in Ethiopia at about 9:30 Sunday night which was 1 hour and 45 min later than expected.

We landed at the same time as another plane which meant lines for Visa', let's just say it felt like we were there forever!!!! Then, it was on to luggage, one of our suitcases was missing along with about 20 others from our flight!!! It came in Tuesday afternoon though so we were lucky comparied to some of the other families missing 4 pieces of luggage which showed up just hours before our flight home!

We finally left the airport about 15min after midnight...and suprise we had no driver waiting for us....the hotel says that's because our agency didn't make our reservations (they say they did...who knows) but the hotel did have open rooms so it was no problem...we just took a taxi from the airport to the hotel.

Monday we woke-up early to go see our boys! We called the agency who said a driver would pick us up at 9am! Well we were told by other families to expect them to be late so we didn't think to much when noone was there at 9....Finally at 11:30 we were done being patient so we went to call the agency back and the phones in the hotel and entire surrounding areas were down!!! AGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! (they agency makes it VERY clear you are NOT to get your own driver!) So, what to do....we waited and waited and waited! Fianlly at 1pm I refused to wait any longer. So, we asked the doorman at our hotel to get us a taxi (keep in mind we had no idea where we needed to go,) Thank you Lord...the taxi driver he got for us actually works for Hope...he was just not scheduled to work for them this particular week! So, Jared (our driver) took us straight to the babies house. (Our agency never gave an expenation as to what happened to our driver...she just said, you should have called...we said the phones were down...she said, I'm very sorry...That was all)

We got to the babies house and we were told that is not where are boys are so, the woman in the office told our driver where to take us....we went to the big kid house-it was naptime so we just stayed in the office while someone went to wake Casen up...He came right to was the sweetest hug EVER!!!!

Not a proud daddy or anything:)

We only stayed there about 15 min then went back to the hotel to play...They told us we would have to wait untill Tuesday to meet Camden.

Tuesday morning we went to see Camden...and much to our suprise he was at the first house we went to on Monday and we didn't get to see him:(

He is so so presious! I can't post pics yet because we've still not went to court:( He is almost 8 months old and the happiest baby we have ever meet!

Casen loved going back to his orphanage to see his friends but HATED going to the baby house...He would start screaming every time we went which was Everday Tue-Fri to visit Camden.

We didn't do much sight seeing while we were there because I was feeling sick the whole time and with a toddler who sleeps 12 hours at night plus a 2 hour nap in the day there wasn't much time to leave the hotel..

I will post about our trip home and happenings since being home in a future post

For now, just know we are VERY blessed with a GREAT little boy!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


This is it, we are at the Springfield airport!!! Our first flight leaves in 30min!!! It feels so unreal, and amazing!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


In four days we will be on our way to pick up this little bundle:)