We leave for Ethiopia in 9 days. I’m not nearly ready to go. I’m working extra these next two weeks prior to and after our trip to make up for my time off, so there’s not near enough time to collect orphanage donations, clean the house, finish the laundry, decorate my little girl’s room, buy what we’ll need in Africa, etc. prior to our departure. Our lives are full of other necessities, too, visiting friends at a nearby church camp, completing paperwork and charts, writing letters for my patients, sports physical forms, having Lulu’s hair braided. I’m trying to focus on one task at a time. Today, I’m painting Lulu’s shelves and tackling the laundry. It would be lovely if my kids would nap all afternoon, but I already hear my girl lifting her head.
I want to be intentional about my time with my two before there are three. I want Lulu and Teme to feel secure in their bond with us prior to leaving them (twice) for a week and bringing home their big brother. This morning we played outside and read books and danced in the kitchen to my collection of African children’s music. I still managed to do the dishes and cook two meals for them, and the laundry is still spinning. This afternoon, I’m hoping to let the kids swim in our kiddie pool and maybe take a walk after Matt comes home.
After we pass court for M, there will be so much more urgency in getting our home ready for him. We’ll need appropriate clothes and toys, more little cups and little bowls, another little toddler bed. I’ve got to finish all that I can now before things become so much more complicated.