Thursday, April 28, 2011

a look back...

one year ago today i left on a journey across the world that has changed my life
my feelings and emotions on april 28, 2010 were all wrapped around the stress of travel, packing, counting money, organizing important papers to take, and weighing all my luggage!

i knew it would be a life changing journey
at times my lack of faith lead to fear
i feared it was all a mistake
and then i would feel the gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit reassuring me it was ok
one foot in front of the other
and so i continued

that 20 hour day of travel was difficult
eddie and i were squashed in the center aisle, middle seats
eddie's seat didn't recline, so he spent about 14 hours sitting straight up
i never offered him my seat:(  didn't even think about it until now!
i couldn't sleep, i couldn't relax
my baby was waiting for me!!!!

when we finally got to china we were so relieved!  
eddie was ready to explore and i was trying my best to take it all in and enjoy the moment
i was so happy to finally be on the same continent, the same country as my daughter

this was the beginning of a great and remarkable journey

some of these pictures were posted last year, however they deserve a second posting!
 this is us at the nashville airport
notice how tightly my luggage is packed?  oh how i stressed and stressed over this!  i packed and repacked many times.  what i needed more of...cooler clothes for me because i was so hot the entire trip!
see eddie's red's filled with protein bars, peanut butter, and random food that he had consumed by day 4 i think!  all his clothes were in that little black bag...not really but almost! ha!

the pic below is of my luggage being weighed.
i was so nervous that i would have to pay extra if it was over 50 pounds
but it wasn't!
that is why i took 2 smaller cases b/c i knew if i put it all in one large one it would be over the weight limit
it was harder to juggle 2 suitcases, one shoulder bag, a purse, and a backpack, but  i eddie managed!
if you are curious about airplane cuisine on an international you go
shrimp cocktail, salad, bread, and some kind of chicken dish
it wasn't horrible
 the in flight route...getting closer
 finally in china
 our beijing hotel room

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

What a difference a year makes! :) Motherhood most definitely agrees with you.
And...Girl, just remind me to tell you about my pre-flight experience on my way to get Cate! God is so good!
Not sure if you've had a look at my blog (I know you are one busy lady, momma and teacher) but Cate and I just celebrated 4 years at the beginning of this month. She's come a long way, Baby!
Hope you're doing well. Hope and pray Molly is recovering well from surgery and praying for you as you're coming down the homestretch at school.

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