11.10.2010

We Made it to Uganda

We left Monday at 11am (CST) from Little Rock. Saying goodbye to the kids was NOT easy. I (Bethany) cried a lot putting Jaxon to bed the night before b/c I knew I would be groggy when he left for school the next day. It reminded me of the time I put him to bed at the age of 3 knowing that the next day his sister Jovie was going to be born and his whole world was going to change. I can foresee how much of an adjustment this will be for us as a family but I believe we are up for the challenge. I think Jax can grasp the concept that we are gone for a good reason but Im afraid the amount of time will start to weigh on him at some point. As for Jovie, I cried saying goodbye to that little pistol at the airport the good ol' fashioned way. I know how much she is going to grow and change while we are gone and I hate that Im missing those steps in her development but ultimately the trade is worth it. We boarded the plane and our first stop was Dallas, TX. We had enough of a layover (4.5hrs) to leave the airport and have lunch with my friend from high school days (Meredith Dornan) and our Naples bud who is now at seminary in TX, Ryan Koesel. It was so awesome to see and eat with them both. Hopefully we will be able to come home the way we got here and we can see them again on the way back but this time with Jaydn Priscilla. We boarded in Dallas and took an 9hr flight to London. Now that is one packed airport. It reminds me of what heaven will look like though- not the building but the diversity of the people. I loved it. Plus Im obsessed with the coolness of British accents :) We grabbed some $9 coffee (yikes) and found enough wifi to make a few FB posts and then we were off to Entebbe (Uganda). It was another 8.5hr flight so we are all messed up on whether we should go to bed or eat lunch. Our flight landed a little early so we had a little scare when our ride wasn't waiting for us. But as we stood at the info booth about to call her, Nathan spotted a GADDIS FAMILY sign in the crowd of people outside the doors. We headed toward it and met Dora (our everything while we are here) and James (our driver). They filled us in as we traveled the busy, bumpy streets of Uganda, about Priscilla and how much attention she seeks. We hung on every word about our precious girl and we can't wait to put all that we have heard about her into perspective at the moment we see her face. We got to our apartment, unloaded the bags then walked across the street to meet one of the other HOLT families that are here. So cool to meet people that you can connect with during such uncharted territory. We are told that we have an orientation tomorrow and then will head to the orphanage. We hope to be able to post at least one pic of us on FB and on here tomorrow night (Ugandan time) so stay tuned! For now, we need to get some sleep but prayers start now for the fastest adoption ever recorded!! Its expected to run 4-6 weeks but Im praying God will show off and make it happen faster! Its all been leading up to this....