Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Where and What?

So what's been going on?

Christiana has her passport! Can I hear a hallelujah? Unfortunately we are having issues with the prepaid round trip ticket from last year. After hours on the phone, a two hour trip to the airport and many tears, we may have to buy a whole new ticket. I'm trying not to get too worked up and pray that God works it all out. Worst case scenario I have to come up with $1500 for a new ticket. God willing they will be traveling home next Wed. This is a bittersweet moment for my family. We are praising God that:
They are alive! If Gedese had stayed in Africa, Alex would be in mourning.
They will be reunited as a family. I wish I could be there to see the beautiful reunion they will have.

I'm also asking for strength to say, "goodbye" to my sister, my best friend Gedese. I cannot even begin to explain feelings I have for Christiana. I felt her first kicks and was there for her birth. I was the first to hold her and see her first smile.

I haven't blogged for awhile-So where have I been?
For Valentines day my hubby sent me on a 40 hour getaway. It all started with a party that we attended together in St. Louis for Evander Holyfield.(I didn't know but he's a 4 time world boxing champ)
Then the following morning I flew to Phoenix by myself. My best friend from High School picked me up in the cutest Little Cooper car. It was perfect. We hiked Camelback Mountain, where I thought I might meet my maker. Then Natasha treated me to Sanctuary Spa. It was more blissful than I could have imagined. The next morning we had a lovely breakfast and went to the art museum and watched 1000 journals. The night was topped off by meeting two amazing blog friends, Kim and Jen. We laughed until it hurt. I thank my God for the time for fellowship and renewal. I learned so much and came home with a fresh perspective.
Thank you my love! Adam you rock!
Here are some pictures. Natasha has the rest.


Paula said...

It made me smile that you went to a party for Evander Holyfield and you didn't know who he was. :) I think he's an Olympic gold medalist, too. Sounds like you had a great and well-deserved little trip. Praying for everything to work out for you and Gedese.

Leah Dooley said...

God is so at work in every little detail of your life Stef. The plane ticket, the party, meeting your blog friends, it's so awesome. Studying Esther has really opened my eyes to this concept. I can't believe y'all had to buy the ticket again. That's just ridiculous. Even though it's only money, it's a lot of it. I'm sorry for another disappointment. I'm pretty disappointed that we're coming in a month and will just miss them. What's up with that! Can't you convince her to stick around a little longer? What's another 3 weeks right?

You and Evander look so cutie. He looks really nice. Did Adam do his shmoozin? Did anyone offer you drugs?

Laura Lu said...

Glad you survived the party and had a little get-away. But I really think that getting away to snow would have been better! :)

beBOLDjen said...

It was such a pleasure to meet you and Natasha! I enjoyed your company so much. The whole night felt so divinely orchestrated. The conversation was so natural for a table full of people who had not ever met before. All that laughter in one evening was good for my heart.

Many blessings,

Kim said...

Hey girl, I will be praying for you it will be such a moment to say goodby, for now anyway, I know it is going to be hard and every other emotion. What a story of love and unity between two people that didn't even know each other or speak the language. You should write a book about it!

I had a blast with you guys, we must do that again sometime! Please tell Natasha we said hi and we had so much fun!

Laura said...

I am glad that you were wisked away and had some time to yourself! What a wonderful Valentine present. I cannot express how I feel about Gadese going home. I know it is for the best but, I know how much they mean to you and your family. I so hope you all will be able to keep in touch. I wish we could see her again. Please give her love and kisses and hugs from her friends in Texas! Their picture is on my wall, right next to my desk. They will be in my heart forever.