Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Leaving on a Jetplane... Back Aug 9th!!!

Greetings -
Well the time has come!!! In a little over 24 hours Kenneth and I will be on our way to Tariku! It has been a whirlwind of emotion here at the Hammons House! Still so much to do and such little time! But we are beyond excited about this journey and we are taking with us an amazing professional photographer to capture the trip for us!! So for those curious here is our itinerary and for any scary people out there PLEASE NOTE our home will not be vacant as we have numerous friends staying to keep watch of our precious puppies!
Kenneth and Courtney’s Journey to Tariku!
July 29th – Aug 9th 2010

Day 1 – Thursday – June 29
Depart Nashville Airport @ 3:00pm on Delta
Arrive New York (JFK) @ 6:28pm
Depart New York (JFK) @ 11:00pm on Emirates

Day 2 – Friday – June 30
Arrive Dubai @ 7:45pm (remember that is 8 hrs ahead of Nashville)

Day 3 – Saturday – June 31
Depart Dubai @ 8:25am on Emirates
Arrive Ethiopia @ 11:30am
Check into the Yebsabi guest house – www.yebsabi.com

Day 4 – SUNDAY – Aug 1
We believe this is the day we will meet Tariku’s birth family

Day5 – MONDAY – Aug 2
9:30 am Meet in the lobby for paperwork party at the Hilton hotel

Lunch @ Hilton hotel

1:30 – 4:30 pm Visit to Transition Home to meet Tariku!
(Consultation with the Transition Home doctor)

Afternoon Activities:
Ladies – Boston Spa
Men – Guest House

7:15 pm Meet in the lobby for a Traditional
Ethiopian dinner

Day 6 – TUESDAY – Aug 3
9:30 – 11:30 am Meet in the lobby to go shopping

12:30 pm Lunch at Guest House

2:00 – 4:30 pm Visit Transition Home and take Tariku with us!!

Dinner on our own

Day 7 –WEDNESDAY – Aug 4
8:30 am Depart from the Guest House for the Embassy

Lunch- Lucy’s / Blue Tops


Shopping at Piazza (soccer jerseys and jewelry shops)

Dinner on own

Day 8 – THURSDAY – Aug 5
10:00 am Meet in the lobby to depart for Kids Care

12:30 pm Lunch at Metro Pizza/Makush

Afternoon Taking Tariku to the Black Lion Zoo ( our first family outing!!!)

Dinner on our own

Day 9 – FRIDAY – Aug 6
10:30 – 11:00 am Meet in the lobby to pick up visa for your Tariku

Coffee factory tour

12:30 pm Lunch on our own

3:30 pm Meet in the lobby for prayer and group pictures

7:35pm Depart Ethiopia on Emirates Airlines

Day 10 – Saturday – Aug 7
12:45am Arrive in Dubai on Emirates Airlines

2:00am Depart Dubai for NEW YORK CITY!!

7:45am Arrive in New York (JFK)

Day 11 – Sunday – Aug 8
New York City with the family

Day 12 – Monday – Aug 9
Morning with the family in New York City

3:40pm Depart New York (La Guardia) for Nashville on AA

5:15pm Arrive home to NASHVILLE!!

There you have it! We would love to see you at the airport in Nashville!!

Wishing you a magical day~


  1. YEAH!!!!!!!! I'm soooo excited for you all!!! I've been checking your blog regularly hoping to see this news. I know it has been such a long crazy journey! What a story! Praying for you all!

  2. Blessings! Praising god this day has arrived for you!! We are overjoyed to see this news and will be praying you all along!
    Love, Gillian

  3. GO GET HIM! Praying all goes well with typos, etc. SO EXCITED for you!