Tuesday, December 31, 2013

London!

We made it to London!! Thankfully Levi slept much of the last flight and did fantastic (not hard to do when you sprawl out across three seats with your head propped on dad and your legs propped on mom - may as well have been in bed for him)! Us grown-ups didn't fair as well only sleeping an interrupted/restless two hours. This is just getting started though... The longer of the flights is still to come but we are hopeful for more shut eye. We found some medicine to help that along. :)

After just finishing a great breakfast we are headed to a little playground (free in the airport!!) for Levi to run off some energy.  Then, Bangalore!!!!



Monday, December 30, 2013

It's Time to Fly...

...That's what the email message from our airline said last night. You'd think being almost two years into this process the night before leaving we'd be sitting twiddling our thumbs with our bags packed neatly beside the door. Not so, dear friends. But finally this morning after being up some in the night with a very excited 3 year old, our bags are ready and the 8:45 p.m. departure seems to be a long time away. 

Our first short layover will be in London followed by another long flight to B*ngalore! By 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night we should be landing and getting our first glimpses of the city!

Watch our twitter feed for a picture or two in transit...and we'll update as soon as we can when we arrive! 


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A VERY Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! We were up early opening gifts and discovering baby Jesus' arrival at the manger! Every gift is so much richer in his shadow. His story never loses it's luster. We're so thankful this morning. He has been so kind and faithful to us this year. Even taking us to through quiet, sorrowful valleys and growing us. 

A Christmas card that arrived at my parents says it perfectly--



The Word did not become a philosophy, a theory or a concept to be 
discussed, debated or pondered.

The Word became a person to be followed, enjoyed and loved! 

May your heart know him...enjoy him...and love him always!


We sing his praises this morning as we joyfully share the beginning of the fulfillment of his promise to us five years ago. Friday, R's passport arrived and come Monday, Dec. 30th we fly for Ind*a to get our girl of promise. And so FINALLY after waiting a long time to do so, we say Merry Christmas from the Tegen Four!



The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Sunday, December 1, 2013

November

Everyone's asleep at our house on this cold night...except me. I thought I'd take a minute to update. Since last we shared, we've had a full month and a few family milestones have. In October Jason turned thirty. For months he'd been training and planning to welcome the big milestone in November with a friend at the Outer Banks Marathon. Levi and I didn't complain about getting to spend the weekend with friends at the beach for the event. 


Surprised with gummy bears 

Waiting on their daddies

Daddy S.
Daddy T. 
Finished!

Visiting the dunes
Meanwhile in Ind*a, our brown-eyed girl turned nine the beginning of November and had a special birthday celebration from us via the orphanage staff. We can't share pictures here yet (okay, maybe her arms at the top), but we can give some of the significant updates we've received in the month of November. After getting the official word that court is finished, receiving the court orders and the deed of adoption, we're experiencing what should be our final lull. Middle of the month the orphanage staff got in line for a passport appointment and the earliest appointment they could get was December 4th. From that appointment it could be anywhere from 15 or more days, with extra emphasis on the or more, to get the passport. We are so close...and so, so relieved after a number of things we've learned recently. While I won't share details here until I get a few things clarified, we've become increasingly aware of the slow down for international adoptions from Ind*a. There are some alarming decisions being made...and we are so, so thankful that we applied when we did and got an orphanage match with a referral all within a three month window. I'm so overwhelmingly thankful to be following God's lead in this process. Jason and I could never have made it to our precious girl apart from him.



The birthday celebrations continued well into November with a quick trip to Alabama to celebrate a cousin's 31st. In true Bekah fashion we celebrated with blingy purple cupcakes!


While there I also got to spend some sweet, quality time with family members I seldom get to see. It was one of the richest days I've had in a long, long time!



I drove back that evening making it for the next evening's annual Christmas tree search. We found the perfect centerpiece for the new pavilion but getting it back was a bit tricky. Much to Christmas Tree Man's chagrin we drove it home just like this...



Coming to the end of the month, we worked on sink repairs with our little doctor/handyman who was game to help fix the problem. 



He's been accomplishing a lot these days...and one of his biggest accomplishments won him his first trip to THE toy store. Out of all the toys in the whole place, we walked out with a motorized Henry train complete with snowplow. What else would do for a boy who no longer needs diapers or pull-ups for anything?!




We finished out this month with lots of family and friends. Dad and Mom are here with us and we've been enjoying every super moment! Life is good with fun grandparents!  





Now for some rest!