Saturday, June 13, 2009

Day 413

Friday was my last day at work. I cried the whole way home. It's not that I love work so much that I couldn't leave...I just can't believe this is finally happening.

Today, we did a trial run for packing the car; I was a flood of emotions. I can't believe this is finally happening...

We leave bright and early tomorrow morning! Can you believe it???? It was a very busy day of last minute errands. But, I did manage to sneak a pedicure in!

Ben was in charge of installing the carseat (with some help from his best buddy).

Do you know what it's like for a woman with an empty womb to see a carseat installed in the backseat of her car? There aren't words. Even now I choke back sobs. I can't believe this is finally happening...

We are very sleepy after a long day of cleaning, planning, and packing. But TOMORROW IS THE DAY! Tomorrow, officially begins the journey of our LIFE.


I promise to keep you updated, as we go! We will be driving 5 hours tomorrow to spend the night with my BFF, who not only moved recently, but also had a baby boy a few days ago! We'll have 9 hours in the car on Monday and 9 hours on Tuesday. If everything goes according to plan we'll arrive in Rebekah's hometown Tuesday night. I hear we have a mountain of paperwork to fill out on Wednesday. We'll also take some time to get settled in our cottage and take Rebekah and her sister to dinner.

Birth day we'll start very early on Thursday morning (6 am!!)

Every location we'll be at has wireless internet, so my laptop will be within reach! Please keep us in your prayers. We still do not have signed TPR paperwork from the birth father.

For now...this is goodbye! The best part of the story to come...

61 comments:

  1. I have been reading your story but have not posted. just wanted to take this minute to say good luck and I will say a pray that everything goes smooth.

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  2. Until two months ago I thought I'd be able to have children, but a large fibroid put a life-sized damper on the likelihood of having my own child. Your has helped me to see "the other side" of things and understand them more - the other side I never thought I'd be experiencing right now. Thank you for opening up your heart and allowing the blog world in - it's helping me more than I ever thought possible and it gives me hope for the future.

    Best wishes and prayers for a safe journey to Rebekah and baby boy.

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  3. I am SO excited to read more about your story. You've been in my thoughts and prayers. Baby boy is almost here! How awesome!

    I'm praying for ALL who love - and will love - baby boy! Bless you!

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  4. OH MY!!!! My prayers are with you!!! I am SO EXCITED for you and my memories are flooding back to when we went to get our baby boy!!
    Prayers for safety, peace, comfort, security....He is holding you all the way!!

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  5. My prayers are with you. I pray for a smooth and safe delivery and transition.

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  6. I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can't wait for your updates! have fun guys! we can't wait to meet baby pinchback!

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  7. It's so cool that Day 413 is on the 13th of June. I have been thinking about you today. My oldest miracle boy Silas turned 7 today. He was born 7 years to the day that we had accepted Christ as our personal Savior. We had his birthmom Rebekah (and her 2 younger children 2 1/2 and 1 month old and Rebekah's dad over today for a quiet lunch. We haven't seen them for 6 months so we got to see the new baby today. You are in for a VERY rewarding life experience, take time to reflect on it all and enjoy the ride!!! Love and Prayers, Sonya in NC

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  8. I am so excited to see these pictures. Can't wait until that carseat is filled with an adorable little boy. I will keep you ALL in my thoughts and prayers and can't wait for some updates. Have a safe trip love.

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  9. Okay, tears in my eyes as I saw your blog design and header tonight! I am so happy for you. This is so exciting and I can't wait to hear more of the story. You two are going to be great parents and a wonderful team with Rebekah. Prayers for a safe journey, safe and smooth delivery, and the hardest good bye I would imagine you will ever have to make when you tell this wonderful woman goodbye to bring your baby boy home. She is amazing and such a special person.

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  10. I am so excited for you! God is good! :)

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  11. Can't wait to hear everything! I'll be checking in every day. Michigan is waiting for your little boy to come home!! I pray for a safe journey and memories to last a lifetime. :)

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  12. ahhhh!!! my heart is racing for you!! pRaYiNg!

    Luv ya!
    I'll be blog stalking! It's like re-living G's birth day all over again!

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  13. Wow, Rebekah! It is finally here. Your post leaves me thinking... how freakin' cool! What a fun journey you are headed down and an awesome story to tell baby boy about. I am beside myself with excitement and anticipation. I can't wait to "meet" him and learn his name!

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  14. I have chills I am so excited for you guys!
    Safe travels! I look forward to the updates!
    You go girl!!
    Hugs, Jill

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  15. Wow -- I can't believe the big day is almost here for you and Ben! Good luck as you start to do your drive tomorrow. Can't wait to see your updates through the week...you're going to see your little boy very very soon!

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  16. How exciting!! Good luck :)

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  17. OMG! I am so freakin jazzed for you! My heart is racing and I've got butterflies! Many blessings.
    Cindie

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  18. Om My!!! This is getting to be very exciting. I will be praying for you everyday. I hope that everything goes very smoothly

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  19. I'm a bit behind no your blog but I wanted you to know I have been praying for the birthfather situation.

    Praying for safe travels all the way there. I imagine this is going to be a road trip you'll never forget.

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  20. AAHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I am yelling and shouting out of PURE excitement for you and Ben!!! This is so amazing. I remember driving to OK for DJ's birth and looking in the back seat. There was an empty car seat and next to it was Annalise (in her big girl seat) sound asleep...It's amazing when you look into the back seat of your car and your heart with filled with such joy and hope and the promise of God's never-ending love for us!
    Love you and cannot wait to meet lil' Man!
    Dori

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  21. Wow!!! Baby boy will be here soon. All your dreams will come true. I wish you all the best. I can't wait to see baby boy.

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  22. So excited for you!!!! I cannot wait to "meet" Baby Boy! Safe trip and I will be following for updates

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  23. I have been praying for you this morning, I imagine the two of you in the car starting this life journey and it makes me praise God! Enjoy every minute of it. I'm also praying for Rebekah to have an easy and SHORT labor....

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  24. YAY!!!!! I can't believe you leave tomorrow already!! I've been thinking about you this weekend, knowing you were a madwoman trying to get everything done. Have a fun trip out and enjoy your last road trip as just you and Ben. Hopefully baby boy will be a good traveler for you. So excited for you - the best is yet to come!!!

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  25. Be safe driving and may you find the joy you've been longing for at the end of your journey! Praying for you all...can't wait for updates!

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  26. I am so beyond excited for you and I am a huge mess of tears as I read that you are FINALLY on your way to meet baby boy!
    God Bless you!
    I look forward to updates as you go along!

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  27. I read this and my heart started to beat faster! I can't believe how excited I am for a total stranger (and I use the term "stranger" loosely because you're so open on your blog)! Enjoy EVERY second! I'm keeping you both in my prayers and can't wait for updates!

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  28. YAYYYYYYY!!! Im sooo excited that you are going to get baby boy!! I cant wait to hear updates and see his little face! I will be praying for the birth father papers to go smoothly and safe travels :)

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  29. I can't express how excited I am for you. Enjoy every minute and keep us updated

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  30. Praying for you all!! So exciting I can't believe it is here :) God bless you all... He is with you!
    http://arewardfromhim.blogspot.com
    Lindsey

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  31. My thoughts and prayers are with you on this exciting journey. The images of your husband putting the car seat in brought me to tears, that moment is priceless.

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  32. Best wishes to everyone! I can't wait to meet the little guy :)

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  33. I'm so glad you posted - I woke up this morning with you on my mind for some reason and said a silent prayer that all was well - I couldn't remember when you were leaving for sure. And then what a wonderful post to read from you since you're now on the road to pick up your sweetie pie. Good luck this week! I can't wait to see him. xo

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  34. This is so exciting for you guys!!! We can't wait to meet baby boy!!! =) Have lots of FUN!!

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  35. I.CAN.NOT.WAIT! This is so exciting. Drive safe!

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  36. aGood luck! All will come about as planned!! All of you are in my prayers and thoughts!

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  37. So exciting! I painted my toes right before Evie was born, too. Tell us when you get a chance to do them again. (wink)

    Love the pics of the guys getting the car seat in...those will be fun to show baby boy some day.

    Have a great trip and drive safely!

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    this is Kellen saying "High Five Ben!!! for getting the carseat in..teehee!!! "

    and from me to you...one mama heart to another mama heart...treasure each moment!!! Open your heart!

    just do what comes naturally...love you xx

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  39. Wow, I almost can't believe it's happening either! How wonderful you've had time to prepare and plan - in the same way that many couples who are giving birth get to do. It's all leading up to one day - one moment - and we're all waiting anxiously to see it captured in photos! Best of luck!
    Giantspeedbump
    P.S. As a fellow "empty-womber", I LOVE seeing that carseat getting strapped into your car!!!!

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  40. Enjoy the roller coaster of emotions over the last few days you will spend as a family of two.

    Your heart will be so full of happiness and song, when you are nestled in the back seat next to your baby boy, on your drive back home as a family of three!

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  41. So excited for you. Soon you will be a new Mommy and Daddy.

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  42. Did you know that you could go to firestations and police stations and some car dealerships and they will check the installation of your car seat to make sure it is in the car properly. They will also tell you what the best place would be for the car seat. I thought the best place was behind the passenger seat. Good luck on your journey.

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  43. Thinking and praying and hoping for you. Such a miracle -- God Bless you!

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  44. keeping you in heart, thoughts and prayers for a safe trip and an unbelievable journey in the days ahead!
    kimberly

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  45. wow ~ cannot wait to hear your story unfold.....so many emotions are running through my heart remembering just 4 short months ago when we were preparing for the same journey. :)
    btw ~ we have the same carseat! :)

    praying for safe travels and lots of fun along the way......don't forget to sleep!! :)

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  46. Hey, I just found your blog about a week ago, and have been getting caught up on your story. I'm a (new) birthmom in an open adoption, and I've really appreciated reading it! I'm so excited for y'all over the next few days, and will be praying for all of you :) God is definitely good, and he shows that so plainly in so many of the amazing adoption stories I've gotten to read recently. I look forward to "watching" things unfold in the coming days!

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  47. I SO get how you are feeling in this post! I have had so many "I can't believe this is finally happening" moments since Charlie, it's unbelievable!

    You are all in my prayers big time right now...I cannot wait for those updates, and to find out how things are going. Just remember to breathe...and to cry when you need to cry! There will be so many unimaginable moments unfolding before you, I feel so blessed to be along for the ride!!!

    Lots of love,

    Melba

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  48. Hey Girl!
    I can't believe it! I have so enjoyed keeping up with you and birthmom Rebekah over these months as we all wait for the big day!

    You got me on the car seat in the car of a woman with an empty womb...and here I thought I wouldn't be crying until Thursday. Good grief.

    SO so happy for you and Ben and R's family too as you all welcome this little gift into the world!

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  49. Good luck. Good luck. Good luck. I can't wait to hear from you after you get there!

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  50. SO excited for you both! Praying for traveling mercies both to and from! Also praying for comfort and peace for everyone involved . Can't wait to hear the great news & see pictures of your handsom man!

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  51. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! *excited screaming and jumping up and down going on over here*

    Rebekah, we are PRAYING FOR ALL OF YOU during this time. Especially for the birth father to sign those papers. Keep in contact if you can, but know that we'll understand if you don't! This is your time and I cannot wait to see your baby boy!!!

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  52. Oh my goodness, I am so excited for you!!!!

    I can't wait for your updates, thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful story with us!

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  53. WOW - it's finally time!!! I can't wait to see his little face!

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  54. I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!! Keep us posted. I'm know you will!! Have a safe trip!

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  55. I'm with you - at the library. What cute pictures! Pittsburgh was wonderful. Loved the city.
    Everyone on this end is counting down the days with you. Love you.

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  56. New reader here...I am praying for you!!! I know how exciting this time is, and I pray that everything goes smoothly, and that God protects you as you travel!!! Can't wait to see your precious baby boy!!!

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  57. Hiya I just want to wish you two all the luck in the world.

    Briony
    xx

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  58. Just wondering if you would be willing to share a list of some things you took on your trip? I am hoping for a baby through adoption and have a possibility out of state. You look really prepared! Any tips would be appreciated, things you didn't have that you wish you did, . . . etc. Thanks! rebeccalyn82@gmail.com

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