This time yesterday I thought we would be in Hong Kong by now but we had a minor set back yesterday. Minor as in we spent the spent the night in Chicago.
What happened? Our plane coming into Birmingham was delayed yesterday morning. Which in the beginning was ok because Noah had extra time to play on the playground that just happened to be next to our gate. Score!
Once we finally got boarded and began to taxi away the flight attendant let us know it would be another hour before take off. Ahh! But thankfully we had not taken off yet because we had a passenger at the front of the plane have a mild heart attack. So we headed back to the gate where an emergency crew met us and helped him off the plane. Even after all that we still had time to sit on the runway another thirty minutes are so.
During all of this ML was texting back and forth with our agent because originally we only had a little over an hour between flights and things weren’t looking so great. We finally flew out of Birmingham knowing our plane to Hong Kong had been delayed 10 minutes.
So two hours later we landed in Chicago and quickly began check-in on the status of our next flight.
The plane was still in Chicago! It was scheduled to fly out any minute but still was here. We started making plans to run. We even passed by our plane on the way to the gate… They were still de-icing it! We just had to hurry. Except that our plane couldn’t get to its gate because another plane was still there. So we sat and waited for twenty minutes and eventually saw our plane taxi off and knew we would not be flying to Hong Kong that day.
As sad as it was I was glad to have the opportunity to rest between flights. I do feel like God had us sit there and watch our plane leave to remind us that he is in control. What a great reminder!
So what about Noah? How did she do?
Surprisingly well. Which I guess isn’t hard to do with the nightmares I had planned about the trip. She enjoyed her first plane ride though and I am pretty sure the people around us didn’t regret their seat location by the end of the flight. She’s not very fond of the seat belt but definitely enjoyed looking out the window and raiding my parents bag of treats. They may have underestimated how many treats they needed. We had an amazing flight attendant with a wonderful personality. She was fun to talk to and gave Noah her own pair of wings to pin to her shirt. Noah was quite proud of her little souvenir.
Our seats were located above the wing of the plane, near the engine. I had read that this was great place for children to sit because of the noise. It’s true. The few times Noah did cry you could barely hear her because of the engine. And my fear of all fears was put to rest near the end of the flight when Noah fell asleep sitting up next to my dad. That makes me feel much better about our fifteen hour flight later today.
Thanks for all your continued prayers and support. I’ll talk to you on the other side of the flight.
By the time you read this ML, Noah, and I
will already be at the airport preparing to fly to Hong Kong! Crazy right?
I left this room with one little girl this morning and plan to come home next week with two little girls!
I know it seems like super short notice and well… it is. We didn’t receive our final travel approval until Thursday. Yes, last Thursday. So we have been in a mad dash ever since then to get packed and ready to go. The fact that we are able to leave today is nothing short of a miracle of God. The last time I gave an update we were waiting on one document to get approved and then we were good to go. But since then one document has turned into one approval after another… even to the point of us having to get fingerprints scanned for immigration approval as late as yesterday! It’s been crazy and a little emotional but this whole time I have clung to the fact that God is in control and I truly believe he has set aside February 10 as the day to meet sweet Esther.
In the meantime, I will be popping in and out hopefully with some short blog updates (Nothing too wordy because it will all be typed from my phone.) and to follow along with all the the fun… the good, the bad, and the ugly of our trip follow me on Instagram.
Now just because we aren’t home don’t go getting any crazy ideas. We do have house sitters, a detective that lives next door, and another neighbor that is an Ultimate Fighting Champion fanatic (for what that’s worth) watching out for us… not to mention any neighborhood watch nosy neighbors we may have.
I’m not into numerology and I don’t have a lucky number but if I had to pick a number that’s been pretty special it would be “ten”. God has chosen some special ways to use the number ten in my life.
March 10, 2007 Michael Luke and I got married.
November 10, 2011 Noah was born.
The tenth of every month Michael Luke brings me flowers… I forget nearly every month… honest.
July 10, 2013 Mother’s Choice matched us with Esther.
December 10, we received updated pictures of Esther with her Christmas dress.
January 10 we received our High Court Order for Esther. You know the little thing that says Hong Kong approves and we can come and get her… no biggee.
10 weeks… the number of weeks it took us to get High Court Approval.
Yep. Right as I had decided I probably wouldn’t hear from our social worker on Friday she surprised me with a phone call. I love surprises! Amidst all the excitement I was a little bummed at first because I found out we won’t be traveling a week later as we had hoped. You see there is this little thing coming up called Chinese New Year. You know… Just a little celebration where the government likes to shut down for a week or two and tons of people spend their holiday in Hong Kong.
I could hardly be bummed once I found out that we will possibly be meeting Esther February 10th. It’s like it’s God’s way of reminding me that everything is happening in His timing and that He is in control. Better Him than me.
I’m also thankful that we have a few weeks before travel. It gives us time to do our research on the best flights and prices available. Not that any of the prices are really that great when you wait until three weeks before travel to book an international trip. I don’t recommend it. We also have time to finish up our mud wall project and hopefully get the rest of the house in order. Not to mention pack! I started packing Noah’s carry-on a couple of weeks ago and plan to share what’s inside her bag before we travel and how successful it was after travel.
Next step… book our trip! We hope to book our trip later this week but we are waiting on one final ok from immigration and DHR… seems there was a little slip up when we switched from Peru to Hong Kong but hopefully it will be taken care of quickly. Let’s just pray our government can handle this in a timely matter.
Do you have a special number in your life? A date, time, or place God likes to use for you. Maybe you have some travel advice for flying/traveling internationally with a/two toddler(s)? I would love to hear what worked and didn’t work for you and your little one while traveling.