Although we do not have a date yet, it helps to keep busy and moving towards that travel date. So...we have started gathering the things we need to travel. One suitcase is already full with items for the orphanage. We have also begun gathering our clothes and Asher's. We will be taking 2 medium size suitcases, 1 carry-on bag, and one backpack for the laptop and snacks. The number one advice about packing is, "pack light". We will try, but it is winter, and it is not looking good.
Since it will be cold outside and hot inside, we will be doing a lot of layering. My mom sent me a great coat and lots of great sweaters. She also sent me $ to purchase any other clothes we may need. Thank you mom!!! I found a pair of great "snow boots" at Ross, thermal underwear, thick socks, and sweaters for Randell who has little winter clothes! Randell's uncle also had some great gloves and winter underwear that will be perfect. I think we are set as far as clothes!
Next we will start gathering the extra stuff that makes life "easier" while away from home. For those of you who have made this trip before, we would love some advice on things you wish you had taken. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Once we have a travel date we will decide if we are staying for the 10 day waiting period or not. If the date is in Dec., we will stay, since I have 2 weeks vacation during that time. If the date is in January, I will need to come back. Randell will probably stay, and I'll go back for Gotcha day. Our travel day will play a role in what we pack. Hopefully we will hear next week. Please continue to pray for a date soon.