I've been a bit scarce on this blog lately. My days are jam-packed with travel details. Too much to do and way too little time.
David, who has been counting down the days for about 2 months, actually said today, "Can we leave in 5 days instead of 2 days?" The reason is that he can't find a couple of the toys that he wants to use when playing with their Imaginext castle which is stored at Grandma & Grandpa's house. Since it was causing that much anxiety, I decided I would help him sift through his toys tonight. We found two more pieces; still have two to go.
Lily will not be traveling with us because we do not have all of the adoption paperwork and the subsequent passport. Try explaining that to a 3-year-old.
When Bayo was in Abuja, Lily heard me ask Bayo on the phone to go to the Embassy and pick up David's passport. She took the phone from me and said, "Daddy, get my passport in Abuja before you come to Jos." If only it were that easy.
I'm trying to do a few things that will make her time here a bit special. For example, she's starting pre-school in our home this week. The woman who was the assistant in David's preschool class works half-days in our home. So she will be teaching Lily this summer. Lily is thrilled to finally be starting school. We have the space all set up. I'm even having a school uniform sewn for Lily. That's a very big deal here--unnecessary in our case, but it makes it special for her.
Months ago we had seen the possibility that it would come to this. So we made arrangements for Bayo to travel to the U.S. in April/May. Now the boys and I will go and Bayo will stay behind with Lily. It's not ideal, but it's the best we can do considering the circumstances.
Will Lily ever be able to travel with us? Yes, I firmly believe she will. We are still trying to find our way through adoption paperwork, but I am certain that it will come to pass in due time. We appreciate your prayers for this situation.