We went yesterday to get our shots. Jason and I need so many that they split it up between two visits. Now, to be fair, they added some that they thought we needed that are not Ethiopia specific... like the flu vaccine. Little steps like this really make us feel like we are doing something towards the process. Trust me, my arm is a reminder - it aches, today. I have four more to go. Jason has five more to go. The kids are done, thankfully.
Various thoughts. We lit the first advent candle on Sunday. We talked about the symbolic significance of the first candle. Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. Mark 13:33 Preparing, being alert, being watchful. The wise men and the shepherd men waited for a sign. This Christmas we have a new found awareness of what the waiting for the wise men and the shepherd men felt like. The underlying anticipation and excitement. They did not know the date. They did not know what the sign would be. With the adoption, we do not know when the call will come. We do not know when we will travel. We must wait, watch, and prepare, knowing it will happen but resigning and enjoying the "not knowing" of the details.