This week I have been preparing to leave, and trying to remember that (thankfully) we will only be home a short time in between our 2nd and 3rd trip. We booked flights and a hotel, bought new toys to bring, wrote our court speech, and ordered pictures to complete the album required for court. I am amazingly relaxed and just feel a new joy in each day. I know the transition will be hard, Lexi is sad we'll miss her birthday, but I am so so ready for it. I've assured Lexi that her birthday will be well celebrated regardless of the day! Today I wrapped up a lot of things at work. My partner will take over the class while I'm gone so it's an easy transition. Some of my friends at work have put together a shower for when I get back. It feels a little uncomfortable for me, but they were relentless about it! As happy as I am to have S so close to home, I have to say I've enjoyed the process. It brings people together, it's something joyous that everyone can rally around, and so many people love this little girl already. I am continually amazed at the outpouring of love and support for S and our whole family. We are truly blessed by the people in our lives.