Thursday, November 8, 2012

Happy news from Cow Town

Ft. Worth sculpture. It's either giraffes making out or a Martian with big boobs. I can't decide. 



Helloooooo from Ft. Worth, Texas, also known as Cow Town, which is a rather undesirable urban nickname if you ask me. For the second time in three weeks Walker and I just stumbled bleary eyed into a hotel lobby after a very very long road trip. And by bleary eyed I mean it's 12:33am and by just I mean just one hot shower ago. But the shower here at my Priceline bargain Courtyard Marriott had Paul Mitchell shampoo, which makes me happy, because Paul Mitchell products are the smell of high school in 1980s America. If only it were awapuhi, my hot shower would have magically converted into a time machine and I would have shaved half my hair and rocked out to some Tears for Fears. And actually that's what we did on the way up here, listened to my husband's 80s music. (He didn't shave his head though. Because bless him he doesn't have much hair to spare.) Tears for Fears being the sound of 1980s high school, along with the clunk of a goodly portion of my GapKids paycheck being laid down on the counter of Visible Changes in order to purchase my very expensive Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo.

Oh, don't break my heart don't break my heart don't don't don't don't throw it away.

I had a point and it was to tell you that we are here in Ft. Worth to attend a training at Gladney on attachment with older child adoption. Which should be great. And I'm glad my husband is here because while I have spent the past three years reading all kinds of books on adoption and attending conferences on adoption and watching Karyn Purvis videos on adoption, Walker, in typical husband/dad fashion, you know, hasn't. 

He's been too busy watching Tears for Fears videos. That's okay, we'll be here 9 to 5, Thursday and Friday. Muhahahahaha. 


So why the late night ramble fest, Missy Jo?

Because I just wanted to pop in here at 12:49am from Cow Town to tell you that we got our court date!!

YEA!

We've been summoned to appear in Addis Ababa on November 30. And if all goes as planned, and we pass court, and she is officially ours, that means that this here blog will immediately be PLASTERED with photographs of a little Ethioptexan named Bethlehem Dollahon.

I mean, if you want to see her, that is??

The timing really is great. Court dates are being handled out at a ridiculous rate of speed with some people only getting one week's notice. I'm serious. Good morning, have some coffee, you have three days to get your butt on a plane to Ethiopia. I mean y'all it takes me three days to plan a trip to Costco. The nervous breakdown I'd have might not bode well before the judge.

Then I was also worried that our date would come during Thanksgiving, and we always spend Thanksgiving at the beach with my mom and I didn't want the kids to miss that. But I didn't want to go in December because December is busy enough without African trips midway though.The week after Thanksgiving but before December really hits? Aka, Take a Breather and Buy Your Christmas Tree Week? Yes please.

But, it means that I will be on the verge of implosion next week because I'll be packing six humans for the beach and four humans for Ethiopia at the same time. Plus rounding up some donations to take over to No Ordinary Love. If you don't hear from me for a couple of days, please send prayers. And a massage therapist. SEND A PRAYING MASSAGE THERAPIST PLEASE.

It's 1:01am, oh my sweet sleepy skull in Cow Town. Good night.

I leave you with a gift:
























20 comments:

  1. Sooo excited for you!! We are praying. :)

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  2. Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Continuing to pray for you and your family - all seven of you!

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  3. I think I speak for many of your readers when I say:

    If you do not post at least one pictures of your little one, I might just have to go down to Austin and find you (bearing gifts of course) just so I can see her. ;)

    I'll be praying for your trip!!!

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  4. So super happy, Missy! And so glad to hear that the timing worked out as well. So - are you taking the two oldest with you this time around? Cannot wait to see more pics of her beautiful face!

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  5. Yay for a perfect court date! So excited for you. Can NOT wait to see her beautiful little face.

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  6. Doing a happy African dance in my cubie at work right now! I am SO excited for y'all. I've followed your blog for about a year now (I stumbled upon it while I was serving in Kenya). So I understand your love for those sweet little brown babies. Can't wait to see Bethie with her forever family! Praying for you all Missy! -Jess

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  7. Hey, you're in my home away from home! Go eat some Joe T's for me!!!

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  8. Awesome. I always love it when the Lord sees fit to plan things that mesh with my plans :) Hang on, Missy, comin' down to the wire!! Blessings to you all. I'm leaving my home to head to pick up my two-year old miracle girl in just over a week. It's been neat to share the adoption path with so many brothers and sisters, you included, I look forward to reading more about your story.

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  9. When you get around to it, do an educational post on some of the stuff you've learned about attachment, AND specifically what those of us who aren't in the family need to do when we see these little ones the first few times. I'm guessing running up to them and gushing in a loud language they don't yet understand while also attempting to hug them is probably not the best course, right?

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  10. I am going to cry big, fat, ugly tears when you finally post those photos. I hope I'm not at work.

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  11. We're very happy for you guys! We just found out today that we have been submitted to court. Maybe we'll be following you all just a week or two later...

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  12. Safe travels through ALL your adventures. Can't wait to see your Bethie.

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  13. Godspeed. Congratulations!!
    Sheri in Galveston, (born in Fort Worth)

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  14. This is just so amazing! With Jennifer about the big ugly tears, lol!

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  15. I dream of this day with our adoption. I am so, so happy for you!!

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  16. I've been following your blog for probably a little over a year now, and I'm crazy excited for you all!! Prayers that everything goes as planned, and that your precious little girl is in your arms soon! Can't wait to see pictures!

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  17. You're going to hold your baby!!! YAY!

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  18. So happy for you to have the court date now... I'm sure your whole family is eagerly awaiting that date...

    And yes, of course we want to see pictures... it gives the rest of us hope that the long process is worth it.

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  19. Oh my goodness, congratulations! We are 11 months into our wait for our referral (from Uganda). Dreaming of this day for us. Love seeing your journey!

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  20. Oh my gosh, you are hilarious! I love your writing! And I love that you are so close to getting your daughter (finally! these blogs that show some long perseverance of people following God are a real inspiration, you know!) :)

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