The Last Six Plays to the Goal Line

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.     James 4:13-14 NIV

Keeping this advice in mind for the upcoming week knowing fully well that the plans of men are subject to change, here is how I think the next six days will unfold.

  • Monday – another down day. The Boehrs and Ritzman family segments are planning a scaled-back version of DreamTown for the boys and then perhaps some last-minute gift buying.
  • Tuesday – pick up the passports (hopefully in the morning) and then have the required medical examination immediately after that. I will make sure Nathan is clean behind the ears.
  • Wednesday – US Embassy appointment number 1. I think this is the version in which I fill out all the forms and submit them along with the sealed medical examination results.
  • Thursday – US Embassy appointment number 2. I think this is the version in which I receive the hard-fought, long-sought IR-3 visa in Nathan’s new Ukrainian passport so we can exit the country.
  • Friday – Final final farewell at Cradle of Children’s Hope orphanage. I’m not sure what it will look like yet, but there could be treats in store for friends. Go back to the apartment and pack it up because…
  • Saturday – Arise at a painful 2:30am for a ride to the airport at 3:00am to catch the 5:35am flight to Frankfurt, Germany. This is the day that just won’t end. After a layover in Frankfurt on the order of 5-6 hours, we climb on the transatlantic bird which will arrive in Chicago 9 hours later. I need to make sure Nintendo DS batteries are charged! Nathan will be processed through immigration by the Department of Homeland Security in Chicago. Once through there, we find our gate for the final short-hopper flight to MSP and arrival into our expectant family’s arms. For us, Saturday May 21, 2011 will be a day in which we’ll be up 24 hours from eyes first open to landing in Minneapolis.

We appreciate your prayers through this as we discover how the real plans unfold!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention a possible contingency plan. If the medical exam does not happen on Tuesday, it will slip to Wednesday and the embassy activities will slip to Thursday and Friday. I think there is still time to do an embassy appointment and final farewell on Friday because the embassy appointment is a short one.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. motorcyclemama5
    May 16, 2011 @ 10:55:46

    Yikes! I’m glad that ultimately God is in control, because this looks very last-minute scary from a human perspective. Why can’t passport stuff be started during the 10-day waiting period? Just saying…

    Thank you for laying this all out for at least me who wants all the details! I have really appreciated all of your last posts. It’s been great!


  2. The McEacherns
    May 17, 2011 @ 12:23:46

    Note: you can fill out all the embassy forms before you go there. Just don’t sign them. And the medical can be completed after your 1st embassy appointment if need be. You can give them the medical packet at your second app’t. Blessings!


  3. Jeff Dillner
    May 17, 2011 @ 12:45:52

    Thanks Bruce for the wonderful reminder that it is God’s plan and His timing. Blessings on your week!


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