The car was very quiet for most of the trip back to the capital city.
We reached our meeting place with missionaries David and Sasha Bliss, who would be hosting me for two nights. Time to say goodbye to my attorney.
<long tight squeeze to this dear friend>
Not five minutes after meeting the Blisses, David told me that I had the same look that Sasha did after visiting Katerina’s orphanage back in March. Haunted. Shell-shocked.
These two had not yet unpacked from a trip of their own, but they laid aside their own lives for almost two days to minister to me.
They gave me an accepting and undemanding place to decompress. They let me talk. They let me sleep. They fed me very well, indeed. They took me about Sofia. They patiently answered my many questions.
Late on Sunday morning, they drove me to my attorney’s house to pick up a vital document I needed to bring back to the States with me. They saw me safely through the airport up to security. Friends, may God bless you as freely as you have blessed me.
I will spare my kind readers the more harrowing details of my journey home. Suffice it to say that between having too short a stopover in London, thereby leaving me no time to pump between the beginning and end of my journey, a bout with a severe stomach bug that lasted most of my trip home, and having old-fashioned suitcases that weighed about thirty-five pounds each and had to be carried in addition to my carry-on and handbag, I rejoiced to be home.
Not that I needed extra reasons to be glad for that.
P.S. Just as I was ready to hit the publish button on this post, I heard an email come in. Brian and Stephanie Carpenter recently found out that because of a Philippine law putting two years between each adoption, they may not be able to proceed to adopt a fourth little girl with cerebral palsy until the spring of 2013. They brought little Tin Tin, or Avi, home five months ago and had already started the paperwork for April Joy. Little April Joy is not getting the love and care and nourishment she needs. We are praying that God would move the governing officials to waive that two-year waiting period for the Carpenters so April Joy can come home more quickly to their loving arms!