I believe I am full swing into the nesting stage! My living room looks like a 2nd hand children's clothing store, I am sorting thru J's old clothes and trying to figure out what size of clothes to keep out for Nev! It's a little hard to know if I should be keeping out 6-12 month stuff, with not knowing how big she is(or how small!). But easier to keep it out and put it away once we know. It's been fun, remembering J in the stages of each different outfit.
We got news today that our documents are now in Nairobi. YEAH. We are now down to the last stage of this long, LONG journey. From now the wait is between 8-12 weeks until we travel. (Now I did hear thru the grape vine that someone did get thru this stage in 5 weeks, but I won't get my hopes up too high!!) Still easier to bank on the longest to save the emotional low of not hitting the "shorter time frame". ITS GETTING CLOSER!!! Our last leg of the journey.
Either of the time lines doesn't suit our lifestyle very well. In 6-8 weeks we start calving season. In 10-12 weeks we start seeding! Unfortunately I think this will cut our trip shorter over in Ethiopia. We were wanting to spend 10-12 days when we went to get Nev,but I think we will have to stay less. We will have to do some "crash culture learning" while there. Thankfully Ad's dad has been to Ethiopia a few time, once staying around 6 weeks, and he will be a HUGE tool in helping teach Nev about her country. No matter when the timing we will make it work. We have amazing neighbours and friends who would help get us thru whatever is presented to us. I am in NO way complaining about the travel times, I am so thankful we are where we are in our journey. We have friends who are facing tough situations in their journey's and I am thinking of them often hoping to hear good news soon. I am thankful we are getting close to travelling but have a heavy heart for my good friend who we got referrals the same time, but they are still waiting for a court date and important paperwork.
Also uplifting news is that 2 other pals left on the weekend to go pick up their children!!! So happy for them. It was a long time waiting. And R is going to take some pictures of Nev for us! She will hold her(if Nev doesn't play shy!!) and be able to pass our love to her through her arms and hugs. I will look forward to seeing how much she has grown.
Off to keep sorting clothes and watch Canada vs Russia. (As I type it is 3-0!! Go Canada Go!) Sorry the posts are few and far between. It just is so busy here, we are working on getting our basement remodelling finished in the next few weeks. It's gone from totally gutted to now having the drywall hung and getting mud and tapped in about a month. We have had a great crew from Swift Current, Zollhaus Builders, who really did an excellent job. The owners are good friend and I know that they really took into consideration that we needed our basement to be past the icky mudding stage before we brought Nev home. He had a fabulous crew and I would highly recommend his company. Thanks so much J&M. You have no idea how much stress you guys lifted from my shoulders knowing that our basement will be at the usable stage now so I can put all the basement stuff from Nev's room back in the basement where it belongs. No more canning stuff in my linen closest, or cattle vaccinations in Nev's room etc!!! Whoot whoot.