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Monday, September 12, 2011

Three More Sleeps

Three more sleeps and we'll be on our way to China. I've been thinking a lot about the evolution of this blog since I found out I was pregnant with Bria. Maybe at some point, I'll write about it. Right now, there are about 1,000 things that need to be done so I can get on that plane... maybe first ever blog post from the plane, more likely an airport.

Here are a few things that are going on around here...

  • The packing looks to be about 2/3 complete.
  • I'm worried about leaving the girls for this long, not their safety just that it is killing me.
  • Jack is going to be Ray's mini me... he picked out Jack's clothes and now I get to tease him about having his own doll to dress in all things Titans (never mind that I bought most of the clothes)
  • I'm so thankful my mom is going to be there for the girls but did I mention that I don't want to leave them?
  • My emotions are a roller coaster. Our church service yesterday was pretty benign but I almost teared up 253 times... Ray may need prayers because he has to travel with me. 
  • Rolling up little boy underwear and packing cars is a whole new experience.
  • Our home study update is scheduled for 10/10. That's always a difficult day for me. I guess I'll have something to keep my mind focused.
  • Did I mention leaving the girls makes me want to throw up?
  • Are we really only taking one suitcase and one backpack each? 
  • Ray is giving me a hard time about packing an ergo backpack to tote a three-year old. Been there done that people feel free to weigh in on the subject.
  • I can't believe I'm leaving my girls for almost 17 days. 
  • I made a chain with Ray's help for each girl with a note for each day. Waterworks again.
  • Bria told me a few days ago, "I can't wait to hug Jack. I know it will freak him out!"
  • I'm so grateful for all the prayers and notes from sweet friends, all the offers to help and hand me downs. We are truly blessed to have just moved here a year and half ago and have so many people step up to help us on this journey.
  • In a week I'll have a son! What in the world am I going to do with a son?
  • Bria also informed me that Jack needs a boy doll. Ray told her he needs a glove, a ball and a tractor. We have all three things waiting in his room.
  • I'm leaving the girls for 17 days...
So clearly, I'm good with going to China to get Jack. I'm excited about time with Ray by ourselves. I was trying to tell myself it was like when Hanan and Bria were born and I was in the hospital with just one child. Then I remembered. About 8 hours after each birth I started begging the nurses to send me home to my other kids. I don't think that will fly in China.

So here's the deal... probably no more posts until we are at least on our way. Thanks for your support. We truly appreciate your prayers. Please continue to pray, especially for Jack. His whole world will be turned upside down on Monday. Ray has it worked out so that as long as we can to get decent internet, we'll be posting here about China. Please check back... if you followed us this far you might as well join us. 


Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

EEEKKK!!! Do what you need to do! We are all praying for you!

Anonymous said...

I had to leave my 3 boys (14,12,11) when we went to get Olivia. I cried walking though security and looking back at them, when I called my mom and told her we were about to load the plane and most of the rest of the plane rides. I cried everytime I talked to them and when my world was STILL!! I missed them so much! I had NEVER been away from them that long. But then, I had an amazing time with my husband. We didn't get away together much and it was on short terms. We toured, ate, shopped all that stuff, but I just wanted my baby girl! We talked, laughed, had a great time together, but I just wanted my little girl! Then, Gotcha day...and THAT was the MOST AMAZING day of all! Anthony and I had such an amazing time together, with our first little girl, and in the end, it was the best trip ever! I missed my boys so much, but knew they were in good hands. I know the last 5 days killed me bc everything was done and I was ready to go home, but I cherished the time with my husband bc I KNEW it would be a long time before that happened again, and enjoyed being the mommy to only ONE kid for a while! The girls know you love them and will want you home quickly...but give them LOTS of hugs and kisses and I LOVE YOU's until you leave and tell them how much they mean to you but leave knowing they, too, are in good hands and can't WAIT to see their brother. Have an amazing time and post as often as you can!!! Can't wait to see you with Jack in your arms!!!! Safe travels!!!

Anonymous said...

Counting on you to further Sino-American relationships!! You are great parents and all of you and Jack will be blessed to have each other!

Kristie said...

Brandi, I remember feeling exactly how you feel right now! So excited, so scared, so overwhelmed, then dreading leaving your girls for so long. If I could offer any advice to you from our trip with Jenna in 2008 it would try and relax and enjoy everything. Take lots and lots of pictures and video!Get out and venture around, we didn't do enough venturing around. Try and enjoy it. We will do more of these things this time. Can't wait to see pictures and read your post. Love ya and have a safe trip!

Anonymous said...

I know your emotions are bitter sweet. The girls are in safe hands and they will miss you as much as you miss them...Jack needs your focus to make sure his transition to his new family goes perfect. He will be able to feel your emotions if you are sad, but as soon as you see him I am sure you will melt and be so excited..Everyone here at home are praying for your trip to be safe and uneventful. No longer than I was around the girls, I can see why you would certainly miss them..They are sweethearts, except for Bria when I am talking during her prayer...LOL....That was so funny...
Love you'll...Shelenia

The Putthoffs said...

What a wonderful, exciting, joyful, nerve wracking experience. I am so happy for you all and the love and stability you will provide for Jack makes him one super special boy. One of my most treasured possessions is a letter my mom wrote as she was waiting at the airport for me to arrive. She was alone, since my dad had to attend my brothers' Christmas play. She described her excitement, her fears, her anxiety. She was scared she wouldn't recognize me...that I wouldn't recognize her...that I would scream and cry when she held me...how she was nervous about getting on a plane and flying from Chicago to Atlanta with me all by herself. She then wrote of what happened...how we met for the first time, face to face. It's one of my favorite things. :) Good luck on your trip. Can't wait to see how the Stiff family is changed forever.

Sharon Ankerich said...

Oh my!!! SO excited for you and SO know just how you feel about leaving your girls. We left three of our girls home last year when we went to get SJ and it was SO hard. They are going to be fine and can't wait to see JAck in your arms!!!!! Now get on that plane already!!! XO blessings!

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