Friday, June 10, 2011

Ready to Head Home!

As much as I have fallen in love with the country of our daughter's birth, I -- actually, we are all ready to head home! The girls are super excited to be going to CANADA! They happily tell anyone that asks.

We've done a number of different and fun things together and find that for the most part, the girls travel really well. They also shop quite well :o). I'm not a shopper, but where we are here in Manila, there are two HUGE malls and we've been getting rain, so we walk, walk, walk the malls.

Tomorrow we're getting up bright and early to be at the airport by 5am. Ugh! We fly from Manila, to Beijing and have a six hour layover. Then we fly Beijing to Toronto. If you think of us, please pray for safe travels and girls who listen and behave well. I'm a little worried about that six hour layover!

I leave you with two photos that made us very happy today!

At ICAB -- the place where they make adopting from the Philippines possible! We now have passports and visas for our girls! We can go home and begin learning to live as a family of nine!

Oh myyy! A cup of coffee has never tasted soooo good!  Well worth the hefty sum of pesos!

Warm thanks to all who are thinking of us and praying for us back in North America. It may be a few days before I blog again. Now there are six of us that have to adjust to a twelve hour time difference. It's going to be the longest Saturday (and birthday for the Engineer) of our life :o)!



  1. prayed for you this morning. great to wake and see travels!

  2. Safe travels back to Canada with your young ladies and congratulations on your long-awaited appointment with ICAB! Happy birthday to the Engineer!

  3. praying for all of you! Happy birthday to your wonderful engineer. Please take good care of yourself, too.
    Love to all of you.

  4. Yes, prayers said for you, Deborah. Happy birthday to the Engineer!

  5. I was just thinking of you yesterday. Great to read that you're coming home! I'll be praying you all home... safe travels!

  6. Happy Birthday to the Engineer.
    Happy Meeting Day to your wonderful family.

  7. praying for your layover!!! Those pics are great! so happy to see God's blessings in your life sister! love u!!

  8. Hi Deborah,
    I remember our chats about the airport. Let me know how the mei tei works out for you.
    I pray the layover goes swiftly for you.
    What a memorible Birthday this will be! Happy Birthday Engineer.
    All our love to your family of nine.

  9. Can't wait to see how you change your blog header now that you are a family of 12! Love seeing the girls on the sidebar with the rest of the gang!

    Safe travels home. As much as it seems interminable, the jet let will subside. Get plenty of rest and spend as much time in the sun during the day as you can.

  10. Oh my!! I'm so excited for you all!! I will definitely be praying for the girls adjustments on the planes, and coming HOME! I know that you might even be almost home by now, but I'll still be praying. Hopefully the time difference you can all adjust to pretty easily. At this moment I'm speechless...

    You are so blessed! Prayers coming your way!

    ~Michlyn & Becky Fisher

  11. Happy home coming to all of you! Will be praying for you as you travel and wait and travel again. I know your girls at home are anxious to meet their sisters!

  12. I'll be praying that all goes well on your long journey home. It will be wonderful to have three more beautiful children from Dorcas house here in Cananda!! Hope all goes well and that you can soon have a Tim's coffee!!

  13. I'm praying you have safe traveling mercies and all goes well with the long layover too. I'm sure your girls at home can't wait to meet their new sisters!!


  14. Well! This will be a birthday he'll never forget!

    Praying for your travels and jet-lag,


  15. Thinking of you today. Hope the travels are going smoothly. Happy birthday M!

  16. Praying for kind words to flow even when you are exhausted and as you adjust back to your new life in Canada.

  17. Manila actually has at least TEN more HUGE malls like the two you went to. Going to the mall... it's the Filipino pastime!

    Oh the famous trip to ICAB! Such good times. We celebrated at Starbucks after, too! Isn't it such a wonderful feeling to have that final blessing of ICAB and to be on your way. Worth celebrating with expensive coffee, indeed!

    By now you've probably made it home. I am eager to hear how the trip went but no rush on the blogging. I know that first week home is rough. Am praying for you all as you adjust to being a family of nine. Lord bless you!

  18. I am looking forward to seeing a picture with the entire family, all nine of you!

    You are in my prayers...


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