Today is the day.
I am getting on a plane by myself with Ben & Nathan.
Let’s just let that sink in for a moment, shall we?
Oh my. Oh my. OH MY!!!!!!!!!
You wouldn’t know it by that little freak out moment but I am surprisingly calm about this potentially chaotic hot mess. One of the reasons for my ability to maintain my sanity in the midst of this completely ridiculous scenario (me + 2 toddlers + 1 airplane), is the fact that I recently learned of a little secret weapon: The Gate Pass.
Did you know that if you are traveling alone with little ones you can have someone accompany you to the gate? They merely need an ID to obtain the The Gate Pass.
I’m THRILLED. This means I don’t have to worry about using leashes! I had actually considered it. I’m sorry but these two are FAST. I was so worried about them running in opposite directions in the airport. I mean, umm, they are very well-behaved but you just never know. (sarcasm, folks).
Anyhow, we are taking off this afternoon headed to Florida. My parents are watching the boys for a week while I travel around…first to Atlanta and then to Chicago for a sales meeting for work.
I’m attending the Created 4 Care retreat in Atlanta this weekend. I am SO excited for this retreat! Never heard of it? Well, a few adoptive mamas got together to put on this weekend designed for moms who share the spirit of adoption. Here’s what they have to say about our time together:
We want to not only support these families by equipping them with adoption resources, but most importantly provide resources to encourage them in their walks with their Heavenly Father who led them to this amazing calling.
Isn’t that AWESOME? I cannot wait to meet (in person!) all of the mamas that I’ve come to know online and to learn and be refreshed and restored. So excited!
In the meantime, I wanted to share a couple of resources with you all…
I have had a lot of questions about how loved ones can support us during this journey of adoption. I wanted to share a blog post by Jen Hatmaker on this exact topic. Seriously, there is no way I could possibly say this better. She is so spot on. This is such an informative post and I hope it helps shed some light on how to be “the village” for an adoptive family.
Read the post here. I’ll warn you, it’s a little long so go refresh your coffee before starting in.
Also, I wanted to share a “Gotcha Day” video from another AGCI family. This video touched Dave and I so immensely. I lost count of how many times I’ve watched it. I just love this family’s heart for adoption. They are amazing.
Check out the video here.
And, click here for their family blog in case you want to read more.