Two weeks ago, we were in Wamena for an airplane inspection, happily enjoying the cool air. And today, we are in Nampa, ID, happily staring at our new daughter (and freezing in the frigid air)! To say that the last two weeks have been a whirlwind, would be an understatement.
On Saturday evening, Feb. 11, in Wamena, we received an email from our adoption agency saying there was a new birth parent snyopsis to view. This has happened 14 times since we completed our home study, so we have learned not to get our hopes too high. But we read the synopsis and asked the agency to show our profile to the birth mom. In this case, the baby had already been born and so they expected a quick placement.
The following morning, we woke up to an email saying that we were one of three families that the birth mom was considering! They wanted to know how fast we could possibly get to Idaho. After some quick internet searches, we figure out that Elias and I could be in Idaho by Tuesday. Then the agency asked us to call; we assumed the wanted to discuss travel plans…but they actually wanted to tell us that the birth mom had chosen us! Tears. Joy. Scramble! We quickly called our families and then some people at MAF’s headquarters. They helped us book last minute plane tickets, and by the next day, Elias and I were departing Wamena for the States. Nathan stayed in Indonesia a few days longer so that he could wrap things up on his airplane, and get back to Nabire to pack up our house for furlough.
Travel with a 3-year-old is no joke, but Elias did amazing. I am so proud of him. Upon landing in Idaho on Tuesday afternoon (nearly 48 hours after we left Wamena), my in-laws, who had driven up from Arizona, picked us up at the airport. We quickly got showered and a change of clothes. By 5:30 pm we were at the adoption agency with baby in hand. Nathan joined a few days later and we were finally all together as a family of FOUR!
And the rest, as they say, is history…foggy, jet-lagged-while-similtaneously-caring-for-a-newborn history. And we couldn’t be happier.