We bought our tickets to Ethiopia today! I truly was starting to believe this would never really happen.
Our trip to Ethiopia has been a beautiful progression of plans. Originally we had planned that Kyle and I would take two approx 1 week trips, one for court and one to bring our kiddos home. Back in the fall, we found out that this process was speeding up and we would now only have to take one 2 week trip. Well this change quickly led us to realize that we would be able to take Lily and Beau along with us! 3 years ago we had decided they were a little too young to handle the intensity of a trip like this and we just couldn’t justify the expense. Well now they’re 11 and 13 and we had already been planning on 4 round trip tickets! It felt like a no brainer. We felt a lot of peace about it and as we talked to family and friends, they really helped confirm that it was a great plan! The kids were overjoyed! They have been such an encouragement to us throughout this process, we are so glad they will get to be a part of this step. We also think it will be so good for us to all be together as we begin our time as a family! I can only imagine that these two will love having Lily and Beau to play with!
Well here’s where the plan changed a bit. Now that we have our court date, we’re hearing that things are a little slower than they were in the fall, so now we’re anticipating spending 3-4 weeks in Ethiopia. In a lot of ways, we’re thrilled about this, but it won’t be easy. It means a lot of time cooped up in our guest house getting to know each other, time away from school and no work for our self employed business owner. We had hoped that some work would be able to continue without us, but that isn’t turning out to be the case. That’s ok, we feel so much peace about it, but it means no vacation or sick pay to get us through a month away. We really still feel that this is the direction we’d like to walk forward in and we’d like to ask for your help.
So many of you have supported us along the way, we couldn’t have done it without you! We’re asking you to consider walking with us again.
We have our flights covered now and a good amount of our expenses, we might need to dip into our savings a bit more than we planned for our stay at the guest house, food, drivers, shopping, etc. But our biggest unexpected expense is turning out to be just covering our bills back home. Of course or grocery, gas and entertainment budget will be taken care of, but our ongoing expenses will still be due while we’re gone.
Here’s where we’re asking for you to join us in this. We could use our line of credit, our credit card or the money we’re saving for a down payment, but we have a suspicion that you – our friends, our family, our community, would love to walk in this with us. So we’re asking. Will you partner with us in our family’s trip to Ethiopia?
We purchased a beautiful puzzle of the world that we plan to frame and hang in our home as a fun reminder of this special trip. We’d like to include all of you in it. For a $10 donation, we will write your name on the back of one of the puzzle pieces. You can purchase as many pieces as you would like. As a special incentive, if you buy 10 puzzle pieces, we’ll bring you home something special from Ethiopia. We already have our eye on some special items that we know will be treasures!
There are 3 ways you can give.
You can use the pay pal button on our blog’s homepage, or follow this Link.
You can give us cash or a check.
You can send us the money through square cash. $kyleklevjer or $jamieklevjer
Phew! This turned into a long post! I always think I have a quick thought to share and then it takes so many words! Thanks for reading. My heart is so filled with all of the special care we’ve received in this entire process. Thanks for considering!