it’s official–we have our travel date

What a day! We saw our children again. They were just as excited and happy as the first time (Adam’s working on the video we recorded). Also, we received our passports back from the Colombian Consulate with our travel visas attached. Could this day have gotten any better? Uh, yeah!

Official Travel Date–August Fifth. Well, that is actually the date we take “possession” of our children. We meet with CRAN officials at our hotel on Monday, the fourth, for an interview. We plan to fly in a few days before so we can be settled and rested. I hope to leave on Thursday the 31st since it is a full day of travel. 

We’re only talking a matter of a week and a half before we board a plane. How surreal is that? I am feeling myself slowly kicking into mission mode today. I am so grateful that we have another week to finish putting everything together here at the house.  

And we get one more visit with the kids next Monday. Apparently, they love to swim and want us to play soccer with them when we get to Bogota. Their favorite food is salad. Yeah, I said salad. Man, are they in for a rude awakening when eating with all their cousins. Daniel and Esmeralda are reading. The other two just started to learn. And they LOVED the photo albums we sent them. They went crazy when we asked if they like them. Man, I these kids are amazing. We’ll post the video and more picture (thanks, J) soon.



  1. Rachel! I got tears in my eyes just reading. You have one week of nesting before labor begins! Oh, Rach words can not express all the excited feelings we have that one journey will end and another begin. Jason and I have been teaching the kids a little bit of Spanish. (Don’t expect much!) But we are trying. Nick Jr.s Diego helps a lot. They are actually picking up quit a bit. Thomas and Michael can not wait to meet their new friends, so they can play and read. I think there is a little bit of confusion on the names. Thomas (Michael copies him) thinks that their name is Daniel Esmeralda Juan Pablo Maria, all ran together and they all have the same name. It’s pretty cute to hear. Let us know if there is anything we can do or if there is time in your busy schedule to see us!

  2. HOORAY!!! A Real date! This is awesome! That is so soon too! I just want to jump up and down!!!! I can see you guys playing soccer now! Carter will love to play “soccer ball” with them! I am so excited for you to come and swim at our house too! I am just SO excited!!!!

  3. Yikes, what a day!!! I feel kinda silly since I just sent an email asking for this exact information. Note to self: check blogs first.

    So excited for you. Thanks for sharing the joy!

  4. As they say in spanish FELICITACIONES! That’s congrats for you non spanish speakers. I am so happy for you. I can’t wait to read the many entries journaling all the firsts that you share together! You must just be going crazy trying to get everything want you done. I wish that I lived closer so that we could come help…my girls are great at creating messes and would make your home look liked kids lived in it before your kids arrive!

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