The family has been busy this week getting Alex and I ready to travel to Ethiopia for our Friday night departure. We sure have a lot to try to get across the big pond and eventually to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We commited three of our four suitcases to taking supplies from the YWAM ministry to the orphanages, so Alex and I are going to have only one suitcase to share. You are invited to come over on Thursday night to help us jump up and down on our suitcase in an attempt to get it shut. :)
Our home group threw a beautiful surprise shower for us on Sunday night. We felt so blessed and humbled by the outpouring of support. Thank you to all of you have made this adoption possible through your encouragement, support, prayers, monetary donations, and gifts. We thank God for you. From our church family, small groups, co-workers, students at school, flag football and soccer families, immediate and extended family, the support has been very moving. Thank you!
Alex and I will be leaving Friday night and taking an overnight flight to Dulles in Washington D.C. We will then get on an Ethiopian airlines flight that will take us to Rome for a re-fueling and then right into Addis. We will arrive Sunday night. Ethiopia is ten hours ahead of us here on the West Coast. Seven hours for you Rodenbeck's on the East Coast. We get to pick up Emmy Ruth Monday morning. Blessings to all of you.
Brian (for the Rodenbeck's)