Tuesday, October 23, 2007

We're still running on adreneline!

OK, I'll start with Saturday. We packed most of the day. I went to the clinic for my last hepatitis shot and then we went out for supper with Rob's parents. We got home and packed some more. For dinner I ran to Subway and one of the other organists was there. I was supposed to play for church but just didn't think I was going to have time. So I conned Linda into playing for me. This way, we'd also be able to leave earlier. I wanted to see my grandma on Thursday when we went to Aberdeen and that didn't work out so I planned to go on Friday when we went. That didn't work out either. So I was going to go up on Saturday. Since we decided to leave early on Sunday we just thought we'd go to Aberdeen first and see her then head to MSP. I went in to work for a while and Rob did some homework. We went to see my grandma, got some money, ate at McDonald's, and then headed out. We still needed to find some pants for Rob (and some for me, too). We got to Jason and Ann's, ate lasagna, and went straight to the mall. Target didn't have anything but they said the mall was open until 9:00. This was at 6:00. So we tried to go to Penney's and they said "we're closed". After some begging and pleading, they let us run around the store and look. They didn't have anything long enough so, dejectedly, we went on our way. We had already looked at Walmart in Aberdeen and didn't find anything but we thought we'd try again. Lucky us...we found Rob four pair and me two. So then we were set. By the time we got back to Jason and Ann's, I was ready for bed. Monday morning we were awake around 5:00 of course. We didn't get up until 5:30 and then Jason took us to the airport. We got there around 7:15, paid for three of four overweight bags, got to the gate, ate McDonald's and drank Starbucks, and got on the plane. It was really quick. We didn't leave on time, the flight to Houston took three hours, so we got in late. We had to go to the other side of the airport and since we were late to begin with, we only had about an hour to wait at the gate. Again, we had to wait and then the flight to Bogota was five hours. LONG! We were supposed to get in at 8:50 but it was about 9:30 before we got there. We got our luggage and went through customs and met our driver, Henry. He took us to the motel and we learned a thing or two about driving in Colombia. Stop signs, for example, aren't always obeyed. Neither are speed limits. So we got to the motel, unpacked, and went straight to bed. We woke up FREEZING in the night. And then of course we were awake around 5:30. We didn't know what time Cecelia would be coming for us and we didn't know what time breakfast was. So we listened for a while until we heard someone in the hall. We went down to the dining room and Patty, the Watertown girl, was there. We talked to her for a while and drank some REALLY strong coffee. Well, I drank a half a cup with a whole bunch of cream and sugar and just couldn't drink the rest. We also had granola cereal and some sort of little corn pancake that you eat with butter. And fruit. While we were eating Cecelia called and said that the orphanage would be ready for us at 9:30 and that she'd pick us up at 9:00 and that we needed a bottle, blanket, and outfit to exchange for the ones they'd be giving us. I was prepared for the blanket and the outfit but not the bottle. The only thing we brought was the Playtex kind with the drop in liners and I really hated to give up one of those. We got ready and Cecelia called to say she wouldn't be there until 9:30. So we ran to Pomona to see if we could buy a bottle. Pomona is a grocery store so they didn't have one. Patty's husband, Arne, walked us down there since we had no idea where we were going. The sidewalks are all cobblestone so as I was walking down the sidewalk in my heels, a heel caught in the cobblestone and pulled my shoe off. I kept walking while my shoe stayed in place! Oops! So we got back and waited and waited and finally Cecelia came with her son, Ernando, the driver. Traffic was awful and it took us forever to get to the orphanage. The day was really nice. I was even warm. They didn't have the A/C on so Rob was pretty hot. (Temperature wise, too! :) ) When we got to the orphanage, they wouldn't let Ernando drive all the way in because there were kids out.

OK, that's all I'm going to post tonight. We JUST got Murphy to sleep. Since we met her at 10:37, she's slept for less than an hour. And we're exhausted. So I'll fill you in on the meeting tomorrow. We have a low key day planned. We need snacks in our room and something to drink.

More tomorrow!

6 comments:

Denita said...

WHAT!!! You can't leave us hanging until tomorrow! I am dying to hear about the first moment you saw her Dana!

Karyl said...

I AGREE, I don't want to hear about your shoe in the cobblestone or your pants, I want to hear about how you couldn't take your eyes off her or how many tissues you went through or how she looked into your eyes and "knew" who you were!!!!!!!

Grandpa & Grandma said...

We agree too. We want to hear all about our newest grandchild, how she smiles and how big she is and did she sleep well and did Rob get to change her diaper yet and all of those things. Have she tried to say Daddy or Momma yet? Keep working on that. Love you all.

Starfish said...

Congratulations!! Sounds like quite the adventure so far. Soon you will relax a bit and be able to take it all in. Can't wait to hear more about the baby.

Angie said...

What a perfect FAMILY picture I am excited to read your story and hear what the first moments were like when you got Murphy!

Anonymous said...

How exciting!!! I can't wait to read more but I just had to tell you my heart is racing at this point so I can just imagine how excited you guys were driving to the orphanage. Can't wait to meet Murphy. I'm so happy for you guys.