I am sitting on our veranda in the Islands of Papua New Guinea and I confess it is still not real to me that we are here! We are mostly unpacked and doing our best to settle in but our emotions are still hesitant to look at our new living situation as “home”. Allow me to back up and tell you how we got here.
Early in the morning on last Monday we peeled ourselves out of bed after an hour and a half of sleep (thanks to last minute packing) to head to the Detroit Airport. We said a sad goodbye to my family before departing from Michigan for California. With no issues checking in at the airport, we began our flight across the U.S. before we knew it.
(Small side note: I had designed a “traveling car seat” by taking apart an old suit case and bolting the wheels to the base of the seat as well as attaching the extendable handle. Having this made our traveling SO much easier with Jude! He was able to sleep whenever he needed and we could board and de-board planes with out disturbing him. Then we could pull or push him through the airport as easy as can be!)
With a small layover in Phoenix we finished our domestic travel in Los Angeles. Here we were scheduled for another brief layover before our flight to Australia. During our time in California my aunt Joanne brought us dinner and we enjoyed spending some time with her before leaving America.
When it came time to take our flight to Australia we met up with our fellow missionary/friend/traveling companion Aimee at the airport. Aimee had just flown from Sacramento to meet us in LA for the big flight. Even though it was sad to say goodbye to our friends and family, it was very good to see Aimee and we had a happy reunion before jumping right into energetic conversation about all that was ahead of us!
All in all, our travel throughout the U.S. went well.