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Saturday, May 28, 2005
Only 1 more day
So we are leaving on monday and I am a little scared. I guess it is a good scared, but nonetheless frightened. We are slowly getting around to that packing thing. I actually have to remind myself that we are going to meet our son. We have been so busy with preparations that I keep forgetting that there is actually a purpose for this visit.
So here is how the trip is going to work out. We leave at 1:20pm from Seattle and arrive in Seoul, Korea at 5:00pm on the 31st (the next day!) We will meet up with Candy and Doug Jobes in the airport and have dinner with them. They are also travelling to Khabarovsk to meet their daughter. We then have a 16 hour layover in Korea where we will get some sleep at the transit hotel. We then depart at 9:30 am for Khab and arrive at 2:30pm. We probably won't get to go to the orphanage that day, but we will keep our fingers crossed. We are told we only will get to see the baby for 2-2 1/2 hours each day we are there. But of course we are only there 2 full days.
We plan on having dinner with 5 other families that first night in town. There is one family already there, they had their court date on the 24th. Then 3 families have their court dates the 31st, the 2nd and the 3rd. One big happy family! It will be so much fun to finally see these faces in person.
We will also get to see a family friend who lives in Khabarovsk. Galina Potapova is a friend of Derek's mom and has graciously agreed to see us while we are there. We have not seen her in close to 10 years. We hope she will be able to show us some sights of her town.
We then come home on Saturday the 4th. We depart Khab at 3:40 and arrive in Seattle at 10:10pm. Of course we will have stops in Seoul and LAX. Then it will be off and running to finish up our paperwork so we can go back as soon as possible!
We have one request from our family and friends. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel and also pray for the children we will leave behind. We are preparing ourselves to leave the baby in the orphanage, but we need as much support we can get. We can't do this alone. Also, if you have the time please leave us a comment on the blog. We will be able to read email and maybe post to the blog. But we would love to hear some of your well-wishes while we are gone. It makes us feel very good to know that we have the support of so many.
Blessings to you all! Lisa
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Have a wonderful, safe trip! I am so excited for the 3 of you and for us as a family! Hold tight to the love we (wayne and B too) are sending to you and give some to our nephew when you hold him for the first time!
All our love, Lee, Wayne and Bethany

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Oh, the travel will be grand! Seeing what some of the rest of the world is like is a great way to appreciate home even more.

We are so VERY pleased your dream will soon be realized. We'll be adding you to our church prayer chain.

Cherilyn and John

Anonymous Anonymous said...
What wonderful news! You're probably needing to "pinch" yourself to be sure you're not dreaming :-)
Did I get it right when I read that you have to come home WITHOUT him? I will definately be sending you as much prayer power as I can for that one - it'll be tough!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Dear Lisa and Derek -

You are off on this most exciting adventure - finally, after months of preparation and expectation! We are holding you in our prayers all this week, especially, that everything will proceed smoothly without unnecessary hitches. We are so looking forward to seeing the pictures of this precious baby as soon as possible! (We already know we love him!!) We know his little heart is being prepared right now, as well, for his new life with you!

Blessings, love, and continued courage to you both - Ralph and Barbara Olsen

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Lisa & Derek,

You were probably just taking off as I read your e-mail about the trip. I am so excited for you and so happy that you dream is becoming a reality. All of wishes and prayers travel with you for a safe and happy adventure.

Love, Debbie & Larry

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Dear Derek & Lisa, We are so excited for you and will most definitely keep you in prayer. We saw the very short video this weekend and he is "a keeper". He is so cute, we can hardly wait to meet him. We love you and give our new great nephew a hug from us. Love Uncle Tom & Aunt Jan

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Derek and Lisa,
I hope you enjoyed your long flight and were able to get an exit row. I am praying for you all.

by the way...the check was deposited. receipt is in your box.

Blessings and I am so excited for you!!!


Blogger Nathe said...
Love, prayers and thoughts have been with you all weekend, and will continue this week.

It'll be wonderful, exciting, and just amazing.

Nathe, Alicia (Abigail, Eddie and Annora)

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Wait till you hold your son for the first time, then you will know a love like you have never known!!!! Stay safe! Thinking of you constantly,
Mom and Mike

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