Friday, February 18, 2011

Just four days left

There are just four days left until we leave.  There are still so many things left to do.  However, we are thankful for many friends who have helped packing donations totes (all of the donations fit perfectly in all of the totes!), helping to get the house cleaned, helping with grocery shopping, helping with the kids, and on and on and on.  We are blessed!

So, my mind is now consumed with what time do we get to the airport on Tuesday.  That is a critical question that must be analyzed thoroughly.

Our flight leaves at 1:09 pm out of Omaha.  In my mind, that means we should get to the airport at about the same time that they unlock the doors in the morning.  We should be the first car in the parking lot, waiting at the door to be unlocked with all of our totes and luggage ready to rush to the check-in counter so that we can get to our gate at least 6 hours early.  Ohhhh, it feels good to be early!

Now on the other hand, Heather's view of being punctual is slightly different.  She figures that the whole process of getting from long term parking to the airport terminal with our eight pieces of checked luggage, then getting checked in for an international flight, getting through security, and getting to our gate should take a total of about five minutes.  So therefore there is no reason to arrive at the airport prior to 1:04 pm.  If the plane is not backing away from the gate, then we are not late.

As you can see, there is generally some healthy discussion whenever we fly somewhere together - especially on this trip since we are flying internationally with a lot of checked luggage!  I won't go into the details of leaving her behind as we were changing gates in the Dallas airport a couple of summers ago.  By the way, her side of the story will leave out the important details of how I was trying to make sure our whole family was going to be seated together and was therefore clearly wanting to provide for and protect my family and that is why I sprinted through the airport leaving her behind with the kids.  I'm just hopeful that I will control my schedule-driven urges and not leave her behind in the Addis airport.  That would be embarassing to show up at Hannah's Hope without her.  We will need much prayer during the travel stages of this trip!!!

We are so thankful to be so close.  We can't wait to see and hold and hug our Peaches.  We're on our way to see you girl.  Can't wait to see your smile.


  1. We are praying for your family and the final preparations as well! May the Lord go before you, with you and be beside you each and every step of the way! May He bless the whole trip for you!:) Can't wait to hear all about the trip!

  2. This made me laugh this morning, but we certainly hope you all have a great trip! Blessings to you as you prepare to meet your little girl!

  3. I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED I AM(well you are probably more excited than me!!)
    I hope ya'lls have a safe trip and I will be praying for you and PEACHES!!!!!!

  4. so excited for you to meet her and hold your girl!!! i'm sure much needs to be done between now and then, but it will all get done and you will not leave your wife behind for this trip. i am on heather's side on this one...doesn't everything take just 5 minutes? optimists we are! praying for you all!!!!!!!

  5. So excited to meet you guys! It's going to be a GREAT week!