Well, we have had a couple of busy days after Palesa’s adoption. Yesterday we went to the Lion and Rhino park just north of Johannesburg.
I thought of this as kind of a cross between a zoo and a safari. Because safaris are just not likely to happen with Palesa since they can be hours long, this was the best for us. We entered into the park and then we drove through what seemed like miles and miles of wilderness with wildlife all around us.
I don’t know how many times we broke into “When I was a young warthog!!!”
Then we we entered the predator refuge, where the cheetah, lions and wild dogs were located.
It was so crazy how the lions were so close – literally laying in the middle of the road!
And here’s what the lions were having for lunch…
Across the road from the park was an area where some other lions and tigers were. We could get really close to them since there was fence, and this tiger actually surprised us by running right up to us from behind!
There was also a reptile domain that we could get out and walk through, as well as another area with some animals we had seen in the wild, but now up close!
Today was was kind of a low-key day. We had to make sure Palesa got a good nap today because she had a few busy days and was in need of some routine sleep. Our sweet host family had us up for supper this evening. They are an amazing family who loves the Lord and they now hold such a special place in our heart! I’m so glad God allowed such generous, willing people to play a vital part in Palesa coming home! We will sure miss them!
Tomorrow (Saturday) morning (sorry didn’t finish this post soon enough, but will update you tomorrow (Sunday)) we fly out bright and early to Cape Town, where we go for the next stage in this process. Basically, Palesa is completely, 100% ours, but we can’t leave the country with her yet. Her adoption needs to be registered and then hopefully next week we can apply for her passport. This usually takes a couple of weeks to process and then we can move on and get her an exit interview with the US consulate. We will have to fly back to Johannesburg for that. Please be praying that the rest of this process goes supernaturally fast. We want to get back to our boys so badly and miss them terribly. We know God can do it! And if God doesn’t want to do it, please pray that He would give us the perseverance we need to wait on His timing. Thank you so much for all the prayers that have been sent up for us already! That is absolutely priceless in our eyes!