I am leaving on Saturday just before 12:30 pm to go on my referral trip and to meet my little one for the first time ever. I feel as though I know her well already, and I am excited to introduce myself to her as her mama. I have never traveled internationally before, and the furthest I have traveled without a companion in the past was about 200 miles...I am extremely nervous. I will travel first to Chicago, then Frankfurt, then Vienna, then I will land in country about 4:00 am. I am so excited to be able to see her in person, hold her, and spend some of her birthday with her!! I thought on many occasions that this time would never come. I was only given a few days notice that I had to be there...found out last Tuesday that I needed to be there Monday. I was totally freaked out at the time, and somewhat irritated that I wasn't given more time, but now I think that perhaps this way was better. Not as much time to freak out. Airfare cost a lot more than I expected for one person ($2200) but I believe Eldon at Golden Rule ultimately got me a good deal. Once again, I want to say how grateful I am for all who have helped me along the way. I am fully aware that I could not have done this alone. I still owe quite a bit on this journey, and I was hoping to ask again the favor of donations for Violet's fourth birthday. Several $4 donations would add up quickly!! Most of all, prayers would be greatly appreciated. I am waiting to hear from grants, and I have some fundraiser ideas for after my return. I appreciate all the good thoughts and support. Thank you!