>We got the all clear!
Marta‘s cultures are all clear!
We have an embassy date of next Wednesday, July 8th (my brother’s 50th bday!)!

Natalie called this morning, early, right after Belay emailed her to say that the final report is in, it’s all clear and the embassy will have the papers for Wednesday and we are good to travel.
I started to cry, because I’m a dork.
I couldn’t help it and didn’t expect to.
(Stop laughing, I know what you’re thinking..but really I didn’t expect to.)

And now it begins.
We travel today to go home, to do the final whirlwind of prep to leave for Ethiopia!
We go to bring home our new daughter and become a family of ten.
It’s a good thing Coffeedad was right there and heard it all too as I keep having to double check to make sure it’s real…it feels almost surreal.

Just. Wow.
Thanks be to God!!
And to all of you, every one, for your prayers and support and, everything….and now I’m starting to cry again, so I’d better go pack.

Tolo! That’s Amharic for “hurry, go fast!”
We are going, to Addis Ababa.
Gabey says this: “Fast fast fast!”
Marta too, I think, will say, “Tolo, tolo tolo!”

46 thoughts on “>TOLO! TOLO! TOLO!

  1. >Woo Hoo! You don't know me, I've been following along since you guys got held up, with interest since we are moving ahead in the same direction, and so also with tremendous support and best wishes for you.What a wonderful relief – deepest congratulations.

  2. >REJOICING with your family!!!!!!! Hug my Getahun! And tell your sweet Marta that we are all so happy she will be in her family's arms. God knows every detail … don't forget that my friend … He's gonna be with you each and every step of this journey. In some ways this brings some closer, yet it's a whole new beginning for the next phase. He will BE THERE! Much love!,Shelly

  3. >Praise God from whom all blessings flow….Absolutely thrilled!!Cannot wait for you to be with Marta.Take care friends, we will be thinking of you all.

  4. >Tolo, tolo, tolo!!!!!!Thanks for taking a moment and sharing your joy! You just made my day!Yay for all 10 of you! Yay for Marta!Congratulations!

  5. >Praise The Lord! I literally held my breath as I opened your blog site just now. WHEW! I am so happy for you and your family! Have a safe and wonderful trip! I can't wait to see your newest blessing with her forever family!Blessings,Kristy

  6. >Oh my gosh!!!! So THRILLED to read this post! I have chills and am celebrating with you! May the packing come together quickly and without headache! Call me if you need ANYTHING! We are so excited for you!!! XOXO Carey

  7. >Just popping back in to celebrate some more! Drew and I toasted you and this MIRACLE tonight. Tigist says she wants to call Marta when she gets home to welcome her to America, so be sure to let us know when you're back in country. So so happy for you!!!

  8. >Sweet! Thank you, Jesus! This is fantastic. I'm so pumped. This is like my fourth comment on my wife's blog friends' blog ever. I'm that pumped.Zach (belongs to Becca Albertson)

  9. >I was JUST talking about you guys, and looking back, it was July 1 when I had the conversation! I'm thrilled beyond thrilled for you guys and for MARTA! In your face CDC. Go. Do not stop. Do not (well maybe) collect $200, and GET ON THAT PLANE. So happy!!! (Merica who kinda stalked you guys trying to connect you with some congress people's offices)


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