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#1 Baidarka

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:02 PM

We cleared Embassy!

 

We will be leaving in a week to bring Sweet M home .

 

After a week in Addis we will be home on the 29th, one day after her 1st birthday...she will spend that day with us somewhere over the Atlantic.

 

Pictures will be coming soon after.



#2 Feck

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:03 PM

safe travels



#3 Tim the Beek

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:25 PM

:bliss:



#4 sarah b.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:28 PM

Yay! :jam:



#5 Terry Bo Berry

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:56 PM

LOVING VIBES TO YOUR FAMILY



#6 foo

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:05 PM

<3



#7 nancykind

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:52 PM

smooooth trip to you all :heart:



#8 tyedyedee

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:42 PM

:clapping: :heart:

cannot WAIT for the pics!



#9 insolent cur

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 03:16 AM

safe trip and congratulations!  what a great life awaits her with you both as her parents. <3



#10 Raynequeen

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:46 PM

yay! all my love. 



#11 shadeelady

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:49 PM

such wonderful news! congratulations!! :heart:



#12 Baidarka

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 06:29 PM

Hey all,

 

Thanks for the support...now just a little more...

 

I know most of your flow goes to festies and party favors, but if you could please share this with your friends and colleagues. I would greatly appreciate it.  Post it on Facebook, tweet it if you do such.

 

http://www.gofundme.com/SweetBabyM

 

Hopefully it will land in front of some philanthrope who can help us with some of our travel expenses.  Two round-trip tickets to Africa on a weeks notice kind of stings! Heck, even the two rounds between Syracuse and DC were almost a grand!

 

Thanks in advance for your assistance and for forgiving my shameless grovel for money.

 

J



#13 DF

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:56 PM

have fun storming the castle :)



#14 Karen

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 01:30 AM

:heart:



#15 Baidarka

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 05:34 PM

Wheels up 5:30 am tomorrow. Getting last minute things in line...malaria meds, insurance coverage for her, 20 soccer balls to give away (along with three new pair of soccer shoes and a bunch of kids size jerseies and shorts that were donated), diaper bag with all accoutrements for the 24 hours on the same plane from Addis to Syracuse for Messi... Thank goodness for Wunderlist and the lists we made for the first trip...at least the stuff for MB and I will be easy to pack...



#16 JBetty

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 05:37 PM

Have a great trip!

Looking forward to pictures.  :heart:



#17 TEO

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 06:33 PM

All best!   :heart:



#18 Baidarka

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:39 PM

All best!   :heart:

Much Love, Thank you.

 

To give you an idea where we are...this is our dining room table complete with six lists:

  • Diaper Bag
  • Carry-on pack
  • Jay's Ethio Pack
  • To Pack EMBASSY Trip (3 pages)
  • Pre-Embassy (stuff to get done before we leave)
  • Ethiopia to Purchase Trip 2 (spices, fabric, etc. to purchase in country...berbere and mitmita :wink: )

 

The itinerary, tropical meds...note the baby wipes in on the floor in the top right in a bag with dresses donated for the nannies at HH a baby toy, baby carrier....

 

if you look really carefully, you can get a sneak preview of Messi (don't tell MB).  These were 8x10s that JP had scattered around his house for our shower two weeks ago.

 

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#19 Baidarka

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:34 AM

:crazy:



#20 tyedyedee

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 02:03 AM

curly headed cuteness :smile:



#21 Baidarka

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 02:22 AM

MB, "I'm not freaking out quite yet, but I can't seem to find our passports!"

#22 Baidarka

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 05:16 AM

We leave for the airport in less than three hours...dare I close my eyes, or just soldier on through and sleep on the plane?

 

Yeah, I know the answer...it's time to brew some Ethiopian coffee!



#23 sarah b.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:20 AM

:jam: success and safe travels to you!

#24 Baidarka

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:01 PM

Holy cow, that was close!

A little late to the airport, 55 minutes before our connecting flight to Dulles. Security was SLOW.

You know in the movies when a couple is running through the airport to get to the gate. That was us, when we hear "United Flight to Dulles all passengers should be boarded. The door is closing."

Holy Shit!

Nothing like an adrenalin rush at 5:25 am after trucking through the night to get thing settled to go.

But we are now sitting in Dulles sipping a chamomile tea getting ready of a 10:15 departure for a 14 hour flight to Addis. Hopefully that will be our biggest stressor of the week. I'm sure it will be. As soon as we get Messi, all will be good. With both of us taking FMLA for the first 12 weeks of school, we don't need to be anywhere until...DECEMBER!

#25 scarfire

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:24 PM

this is, without a doubt, your trip of a lifetime - enjoy and be safe baidarka! looking forward to seeing pictures of messi.  :bigsmile:



#26 TEO

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 02:32 PM

Whoo-Hoo!!!



#27 nancykind

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 03:25 PM

guess she found those passports!     safe travels!   :jam:



#28 MeOmYo

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 04:30 PM

Have a great trip!



#29 Baidarka

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:18 PM

Embassy has been approved. We pick up the passport Wednesday. When she steps (is carried) off the plane, she is a US citizen! More later. Off to a traditional dinner with all the families from HH

#30 TEO

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:28 PM

Yay!



#31 foo

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:14 PM

:jump:



#32 TheDHJ

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:33 AM

Eat up Jay!!! Bring home some berbere.