The Journey of a Lifetime

Ryan and I have decided to pursue our forth adoption and add another beautiful baby to our family. We couldn't be happier and are thrilled! Join us in our journey in adopting baby Schlenner!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Oh yeah!! Travel Date is official!!!

It's almost surreal....can't believe it's really happening. I got the last OFFICAL call from our specialist today from the agency. The roller coaster ride is DONE!!!!!!!!!!! Let me just say the waiting, more waiting, and endless WAITING is done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a sweet relief!!!!!!

Our specialist from the adoption agency said "...This is IT! Here's the words you've been waiting to hear! You're going to Ethiopia in 20 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" This was at 12:40 p.m.!!!!!!!!!!So........ excited as I was...I had to quick take a picture of me taking to her on the phone about travel plans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bad picture....good memory!!!!!!!!! Where's my blonde travel friend?

Okay, so Kirstie and I leave for Ethiopia, Africa on Wednesday, May 13th at 10:25 a.m. We're flying NWA/KLM!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to our wonderful husbands for transferring their frequent flier miles to us so we'll be able to fly first class both ways and have that extra leg room for us (Kirstie mostly!) and more space for baby Ahnya on the way home!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We'll arrive in Addis Ababa 26 hours later on Thursday, May 14th in the evening. Kirstie and I will spend 7 nights and 8 days in beautiful Ethiopia, and leave Thursday, May 21st in the evening to depart for home! Our flight arrives in Minneapolis @4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22nd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All our dear friends and family are invited to join us at the airport for the arrival of baby Ahnya! I'll post more about this later, but something to start thinking about now. We'd love to see you and introduce you to our new baby in person before hibernating with Ahnya at home and adjusting together as a family!

We're finalizing fight tickets now!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More to follow soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tiffany said...


I'm going to put it on the calendar...I'd love to see you guys at the airport!

the pedersens said...

Yay!!! See you there! And super cute picture, btw!

Anonymous said...

We wouldn't miss it for the world. We love you and we cannot wait to meet Ahnya, your beautiful daughter! The Lance's

Wendy said...

Ann - Help! Cheer me up! I need your infectious (did I spell that right?) optimism. Our visa medical for Tedla still did not come in. Agghh. Did you guys get your final travel approval last week? I know we are sooooclose but......are your girls excited about baby sister? Awesome news on the FF miles!