Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nothing happens then EVERYTHING happens

So it happened... Monday... I "made the call" (as I weirdly said in last post) but it turned out that I had to call the provincial director for some information regarding what their holiday hours are and how they would handle a referral over Christmas and she chuckled and said, "well, hopefully that won't matter since I'm looking at your referral on my desk!".  I was dumbfounded.  Fast forward two whole days, 3 IA doc opinions, 1 zillion phone calls, 28 heart attacks (or it just feels like my heart is going to pound out of my chest), hours looking up far away (no... not Russia far away but way out in the boonies in Russia far away) places, 2 flights investigated, 1 flight booked, Visa application couriered on a wing and a prayer (needs to be back for my flight Wednesday night YIKES!), and half a heart beat being hopeful (who has time for that when there is so much to process???).  Only this morning I was happily making my way to Lethbridge on my last Christmas run when my SW called to say that the photos had arrived and asked if I had seen them... not yet - thank goodness for wireless at Starbucks.  I would see them in about half an hour.  She paused... and asked... "I have a question for you... do you think you could travel before the end of the year?"... I blurted out that I COULD go but that logistics probably wouldn't allow for it (and the fact that it would be a small mortgage to get there over our Christmas and at short notice) but I'd call.  Miracles, angels, fate and good old good luck kicked in and I'm on the milk run through Amsterdam, Moscow and then on to Khab but arrive on Christmas day.  Details will be hammered out but I will make my way to Komsomolsk from there.
When I find a moment between panic and disarray, I remember the beautiful face of a little 2 1/2 year old blond haired, blue eyed boy who looks healthy and is developmentally on track :)  The caretakers did a good job of having him do different things like sit on a fire engine type wheeled truck with a dolly, stand on a slide, and just generally look adorable.  The referral started out with one fuzzy photo and not much info... now, a little more info and 5 photos in total... he is very sweet. 

I have to get some sleep... I have so much to do and not much time.  Packing list advice, questions to ask, fire away... I may not have time or access much once I'm gone but know I will do my best to keep you posted.  Lots of prayers that my documents make it on time and that the trip goes smoothly.  I am looking so forward to 2010 and a new day for both of us.

I'm scared... really scared... but anything in life worth doing takes your breath away.  Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year...
I certainly plan on it!


amy and kevin said...

I can't be more happy for you! What a Christmas miracle... and to arrive on Christmas Day?! Unbelievably awesome :)

David & Jodi said...

Merry Christmas Stacey! This is wonderful news:)

Tracey and Chuck said...

We are so excited for you! Hoping everything arrives on time and you are off to meet your little guy!!! Can't wait to hear more!!!

tflem said...

So excited for you Stacey! Let us know if you need anything at all. Always here for you. Safe travels and you'll be in my thoughts and prayers. HUGS!!!!!

Amy said...

Very Exciting!
Merry Christmas!!

terence and carala said...

It truly is a miracle! This will be the best Christmas present EVER! I'll keep praying that everything works out between now and your flight! Keep me posted! :-)

**we leave tomorrow so you can always catch us on email...we'll have our laptop with us!

Anonymous said...

Best Christmas Present E.V.E.R.!

So happy for you!

Iraida said...

Very happy for you right now!!!
Merry Christmas!

Barb said...

WOW! So very, very happy for you! How amazing is that, that everything worked out for you to be able to travel before the end of the year. I agree - the best present. EVER.

My brother's coming to visit us for Christmas - coincidentally, he's flying through Amsterdam, too (on the 22nd).

Lisa said...


Make sure you bring a blanket and slippers for the orphanage. They make you take your shoes off or wear weird plastic booties and the kids can't sit on the ground with out a blanket.

Bring things to keep you entertained in the evenings too, there is lots of down time and a book or two is a good idea.

What a great Christmas present!

Heather said...

Oh Stacey
I am bawling tears of joy for you.
You are my hero woman

Carolynn and Steve said...

Oh, YAY YAY YAY! So GLAD GLAD GLAD to hear this news!

Christmas babies!!!! They're SO great!

Best wishes and prayers that everything gets done and in it's place so that your travels are smooth--I can't wait to hear what happens!

Suz said...

Oh how exciting. The best Christmas gift!! I can't wait to read more!