Here I sit in the Detroit airport, waiting.  Waiting just one more hour before I board a ‘big honkin’ plane to the other side of the world.  This is only my second experience traveling abroad, so I have a bit of anxiety about traveling so far AND about traveling so far by myself.  But unlike when I went to Italy where I spent the entire trip exploring on my own, when my plane lands in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, I will have somebody waiting for me.  And not just any somebody…a really incredible somebody.  That somebody is a family that has been blessed to have been given the gift of a young son to adopt and bring into their family.  And finally, after so many months of waiting, changing of plans and fluctuating emotions, they will get to bring young Rex back home to State College with them.

And so…why am I going…why am I meeting them there?  This wonderful family has blessed *me* by asking me to photograph Rex’s first few days with them, and in a very real way, documenting the first days of him getting to know his mom, dad and 6 year old sister.   And so, by them asking me to share my gift with their family…they are giving me the gift of a once in a lifetime experience and adventure.

I’m banking on our trusty world-wide-web technology to be dependable so I can blog during the trip…and maybe even share some photographs along the way (if I can get over my phobia of photo editing on my laptop).  Stay tuned…

(Mac’s ‘Photo Booth’ doesn’t take such great quality photos, especially in dark and cozy hotel lobbies, but here I am…ready to roll!)

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On my way…


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  1. shelley says:

    woohoooooooooooooooooo! praying for any and all anxiety to be replaced by the fullness of knowing you are right where you are meant to be, my friend. so very excited to read more as your adventure unfolds. xoxo

  2. Sheila Miller says:

    Hi Heidi,
    I just found your blog after reading on FB that you were going to be posting on it. What a wonderful opportunity for both you and this family to document their first days with their new son. Can’t wait to read about your trip!
    Sheila (from Yahoo Positive Moms)

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