Sunday, February 18, 2007

Leaving on a jet plane

Well, Chris and I made the executive decision to fly to Guatemala on a wing and a prayer. We spent a large chunk of the day on Friday contacting our senators and representatives asking for help with our embassy appointment. Unfortunately the embassy is closed on Monday for Presidents' Day, so the earliest we will hear anything is Tuesday. We just didn't want to be sitting in the states waiting for the phone call only to find out we have an appointment first thing on Wednesday morning. I went through that stress last year with Garrett, and I don't want to do it again.

So, Tuesday morning we are taking off for Guatemala. Chris's folks are staying here with Garrett and my mom is flying in tomorrow to travel with us. That way if we don't get an appointment for Elena's visa this week I will still have someone with me down there. Worse case scenario is that Chris gets to spend four days with his little girl. I really hope that is not the case because this means so much to him. He really wants to be at our appointment, to give the oath that we will take care of our daughter forever (why don't all parents have to guarantee that?), and for us to travel home as a family next weekend. He doesn't get emotional about many things -- worked up about the Marine Corps keeping him from some of the stuff civilians get to do -- but this is a biggy to him. I'm praying that God will hear our prayers one more time on this.

Well, I guess I had best get away from the computer and finish packing. We have lots to do still before we leave and a busy day tomorrow. I'll keep you posted while we are gone -- just can't wait to have that little girl in my arms forever. Of course, the downside is I have to leave my little man behind, and I'm not sure how I'm going to do that for a week plus. Guess I'll see.


grausteinfamily said...

Safe travel. I hope that your appointements fall in your favor and your family will be together ASAP.
Steve, Bethanne, Bobby, and Liza

Mommavia said...

Garrett will be just fine...unhappy at first because Mom is gone, but nothing that will cause him therapy in 20 years!

I am praying that all falls right into place, I KNOW it will. You have MOPS praying for you, Tina, plus me and Ian. I feel that you will be coming home on Saturday with Chris and your daughter...which means that your mom is going to be an A+ photographer from taking all those pictures of you guys together!

Safe travels, may God keep my friends safe on this important journey.

Anonymous said...

Love to you all and we are praying for it all to happen for you. It's a stressful time but an exciting one and we can't wait to tune in to the blog for the latest.
Love to all,
Meg, Ben and Nathan

Mommavia said...

Just in case you happen to read this comment, dear Blog reader:
The Merrill family will become a quad at 8 am on Wednesday, Feb 21! The prayers have paid off, Chris is there for the finalization of Elena's adoption and gets to be a part of the adoption travel! Yippeee! And the Merrills get to have some time together as a quad before he departs to the Sandbox. God is good!

Ellie Puls said...

THANK YOU MOMMAVIA... I HAVE BEEN WIATING... PATIENTLY, I might add for an update!!!


That means they will be coming home anyday now!!!!