Another eventful day here in the Gillispie household. First, have you ever seen how many medical supplies are delivered each month for a home peritoneal dialysis patient? Behold!We're finding that one of the blessings of being a dialysis patient/family is all of the people we get to meet that really care about how Eric and our family is doing. The guy who will always deliver our medical supplies (Paul) doesn't just set the boxes outside or inside the door. He puts them wherever you want them in the house (even if that includes taking them upstairs) and sorts them according to fluid type (the three different colors). Each one of these boxes weighs around 30 pounds! But does Paul deliver and leave? Nope. He stayed and talked to us for a while so that we could get to know each other. Paul, who is African American, was adopted in 1969 by a white family. As you can imagine, we had lots to talk about!
Today was a good day. It was one of those busy days that you actually feel like you got things accomplished (as opposed to the busy days where you feel like NOTHING was accomplished)!
First and foremost, I got word from the consulate that they DO have our file! It isn't lost and doesn't need to be resent! Praise God! They were misspelling our name wrong. Isn't it neat how God fixes things in ways you would have never thought about?
Other than that...
1. Took care of AAI/job stuff.
2. Chopped off my hair! Well...someone else chopped it off. I think this will be much better in Ghana. My criteria? Short enough that it's not on my neck; short enough that when the wind from car windows is blowing in my face my hair won't reach my nose; and layers so that when the humidity kinks my hair up it might look kind of cute.
3. Made my ritual "before the trip" trip to Target. Spent more money that I should have, but less than I have on previous trips! Found my favorite repellent/sun screen (OFF Active)--yea! They stuff I had last time wasn't good.
4. Found the MOST appropriate outfit for Bright to wear either on the way home or on the day he gets his visa. Check it out!
5. Collected appropriate paperwork for the trip; notarized the I-864 and two Power of Attorneys for two different people (just in case...).
6. Started on the humongo pile of laundry that must be done before I leave.
Okay, so my list doesn't seem so impressive when I see it written down. =-) Tomorrow I've got to get all of the money for the trip, collect the computer that's being donated to AAI, repack the computer so that it doesn't look like a computer (!), go for 3 hours of dialysis training, do more laundry, and pack!
Eric and I have decided that we are going to claim this trip as Bright's pick up trip. We're going to believe that it's going to happen. We're going to have faith that the Lord will work out the last two big hurdles in bringing Bright home (passport, and NO field investigation). We're going to prepare our hearts and minds for the homecoming of our son in a few weeks.
Thank you for believing with us!