We got all the final paperwork returned this evening. We are getting ready to head to bed early so we can get up by 2:15 am and head to Hong Kong by 3 am. It will be a 3 hr -private van trip. We will then take 8:15 flight to Tokyo. Tokyo flight will later take us to Atlanta, GA- USA! We will take an Atlanta flight to Little Rock. Can you believe we arrive the same day we leave? We expect to land about 5:20 on Thursday evening.
We are so READY! The main flight from Tokyo to Atlanta is about 13 hrs. We are still traumatized by our flight with Bethany Joy last time. She cried for most of those 13 hrs. We are praying lots & trying to relax. We are praying both girls will travel well. We have this really over the top prayer request that somehow we could end up in those business class seats that allow us to lay down. We know GOD will put us where we need to be. We would love your prayers for HIS plans & HIS favor.
We will have 3 flights and some lay overs. That is pretty rough for adults let alone 2 young girls with limited language connection with parents. Did we mention we really appreciate your prayers?!?!?!?!
We went to Walmart today to pick up some snacks & new crayons/activities for the girls next airplane adventure. We took some pics for you to see. It is so very different than what we know at home. Notice the fish selection and the eggs without refrigeration. Can you see the guard armed with a machine gun in the background with Art's picture?
You wouldn't believe all the different Pringles potato chip flavors: cucumber, seaweed, pork, tomato and a few we weren't sure what they were. So interesting!
We spent some time at the pool this afternoon. Mercy let down her guard a little bit & trusted Baba to lead her in the water. Neither of the girls know how to swim. Mercy let Baba teach her some today. It was great progress & great fun!!
We decided to skip naps this afternoon and have an early dinner. It seemed like a great plan. We thought the girls could go to bed early & it would make the 2:15 am wake up a little less traumatic. It was good in theory until we had two girls falling asleep at dinner time. (PS: Our precious Mercy is starting to like pizza- more great progress that she is willing to try! We have eaten Chinese food for 95% of this trip.)
Our precious Zoey didn't eat anything, but slept peacefully all through dinner.
Thank you again for all of your prayers. We are so READY to be home with all of our children. We are READY to have our whole family under one roof! We are READY to experience GOD's faithfulness as we continue to trust HIM and follow HIM in this journey!
"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." Hebrews 11:1
"I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety." Psalm 18:1-2
Thank you for praying for our family!
Praising Him and acknowledging HIM in every way....
For HIS glory-
Art, Jen, Allie, Mercy, Zach, Jacob, Zoey, & Bethany Joy (we all look so good together- don't we?!?!?!)