Gladney's Teen Service Trip to Colombia happened July 8th thru July 15th, and our caseworker was a chaperon. I received an email a couple of weeks ago where she told me that she would hand deliver the care packages to 'Thunder' and 'Lightning' if I could get them to her before she left. I did! And they were delivered via the BethExpress and her two very special VIP carriers.
|Kelli's 'KLEENEX moment'|
The day went on to be a day of intense prayer in our house as our caseworker traveled from Bogota to Cali with this precious cargo in tow, not just for our children but for other Gladney families and their babies as well.
Before leaving on the trip, our caseworker gave me my next homework assignment..."get skype".
SO, I got skype.
And it is a good thing I did because at 11:20 pm on July 11, 2012, I received my first skype video call! It was from Colombia! It was our caseworker and the entire service trip team.
"You will be traveling on July 25th!!!! Purchase your tickets as soon as possible. You're leaving in 14 days!!!"
The moment was surreal...incredible...heart warming....oh my goodness, all those people celebrating with us. The energy could be felt right through the airwaves. More ordinary angels, NO, extra-ordinary angels, have been woven into the pages of our story. God is an amazing author and I am so grateful for those young people so willing to be used by him to bring joy to others.
Fair Maiden L.K. and I said goodbye to our friends in Colombia and quickly made our way back to the lake. When we arrived, Knight-in-Shining Armor had been successful in getting the wireless router to work thereby connecting him to the internet...a little late, but better late than never. He was booking our tickets!
My bubble burst the following morning when an officer at the National Visa Center told me that they had only received a visa petition for ONE of our children, not BOTH of them. I was at the mercy of my cell phone connection which was TERRIBLE, so it took two hours on the phone speaking to four different officers for us to realize they had received BOTH petitions and the impending crisis was averted. All the while, I had to stand on my head with one leg hanging over the balcony railing with a fork between my toes acting as an antennae to maintain a decent service connection throughout the call. PHEW! Our alien file became visible at the US Embassy in Bogota on July 12, 2012 at exactly 11:55 pm. Next, receipt of the Article 5.
After a full day of boating and knee boarding and swimming on Saturday, the kids were all snuggled in their beds asleep, Knight-in-Shining Armor and I were drifting off to dream land when he whispered in my ear,
"Surely the boys know about us now, right?"
"I hope so," I sighed longingly.
"If so, do you realize that they are probably laying in their beds right now hugging the monkeys you sent them. They might even be sleeping in their t-shirts and looking at the picture books. I bet they are SO excited. And we'll be there SO soon."
Silent tears fell from eyes onto the pillow as we did indeed drift off to dream land...