A bit about the Himsel Zoo Crew

We have been blessed to have four wonderful children that we affectionately call the "Zoo Crew". Our house if filled with alot of noise, moving parts, love and laughter. But it always felt like we were still missing someone at the table. Deb follows along with a number of advocacy sites for waiting children from China, but it wasn't until the fall of 2015 that we found our son. We were drawn to a photo of an adorable boy soon to "age out" of his orphanage in China. Deb knew almost immediately he was meant to be ours. Even though Chris took a little longer, it wasn't too long before we started down that adoption journey again. This has led us down another whirlwind paper chase to bring home our boy. We are so close to making the trip to China, and can't wait to make Matthew the newest Zoo Crew member.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Let's do this!

Bags packed? Check. Non-dog-chewed passports? Check. 3 anxious travelers ready to head to Beijing? Check. 

Yep, we're sitting at O'Hare just waiting around for our flight, anxious to get this show on the road. We had heard of the terrible TSA delays so Chris drug this tired body out of bed ridiculously early this morning so we could take the 6:20 am shuttle from Highland to O'Hare. Since I didn't call it a night until 3:30 this morning...well, you can do the math. I'm one tired mama. But I think we got it all together. Still not sure how we pulled it off. But that's all behind us because we are on our way to Matthew!! And side note - the TSA lines weren't bad at all. 

Last night was hard leaving three of our Zoo Crew at home. Andrew's traveling with us so he and Matthew can get to know each other before the reality of the full Zoo Crew hits Matthew. My mother is a saint (say a prayer for her - this is harder on her than us I think) and will do great with them. Of course Ella will certainly be a big help. But still hard to leave them at home. The little kiddos did really well until just before we left to drive to Northwest Indiana. Ethan started a quiet sob, and big ole tears started flowing. He would just come up and look at me and weep quietly.  He got a whole bunch of extra hugs and kisses (and I got a whole bunch of "I love you's" and "I'm really going to miss you's"). This is the first time we've left them for more than just a couple nights so it's going to be hard on all of us. Thankful we should be able to have some screen time together throughout the trip. 

Next post will be from Beijing, where we'll be one step closer to Matthew. 

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