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Sunday, February 28, 2010

We Made It!

We made it! Here we are looking all fresh and perky just before going through security at Portland International on the beginning of our three and a half day journey back to Tarakan. Thanks you guys (you know who you are), that helped us get packed up and transported to the airport. That was no small task!

We managed to squeeze in one last quick trip to Chipotle as we were packing up in Oregon. For the next three and a half years, the only Mexican food we'll find here in Tarakan, will be that which Joy makes from scratch, with seasonings brought from America.

After a few months of dreary Oregon winter weather, the kids were getting a little wacky from cabin fever. :)

Joy took advantage of one last Diet Coke fountain drink before we left American Soil. She's proud to declare that since our arrival in Tarakan (five days now), she's been Diet Coke free! :)

After a looong flight to Tokyo, the kids all grabbed a quick "sink shower" to freshen up. Joy and I were shocked to see how happy and awake everyone looks in this photo. If ever a photo was misleading, this one is it! As an example, Hudson (far right), had just "lost his cookies" in the airplane not more than 30 minutes before the picture was taken, and although our body clocks said that it was around 2:00am, the kids hadn't slept more than an hour or two since the previous day. But really everyone did great on this trip. The twins were far less "work" than last time, and we made all of our flights...a big bonus!

All of our baggage made it to Tarakan as well! We had a rather long and interesting adventure with Customs, but that's a story for another day. The bottom line is, everything went just about as well as it could have. Thanks for praying.

We're thrilled to be back "home"! We've been visiting Indonesian friends and neighbors, re-connecting with our MAF team, and getting our house set up again. This week I'm scheduled to fly every day, and looking forward to it. Joy and the kids will be getting back into a home-school routine, and will need to make a trip to the immigration office as well. I'll let you know what's going on as we get a little more settled, and things get back to "normal."

6 comments:

Tripp said...

Nice "muscle" shirt in the first picture...

I've also been trying to decide what my "last meal" here will be...I'm thinking Moe's (don't know if you have those...similar to Chipotle). I arrive next Monday...

kristilea said...

I'm so glad you all have made it there safe and hopefully somewhat sound! May God continue to bless you as you strive to live for Him and follow His will on the mission field!

Rakel said...

So glad to hear that you made it...we have been praying...hugs and hugs from us!!

Dave said...

Muscle Shirt??? Ha! Joy and I had a good laugh about that one. O.k. So this is another great example of a picture that's misleading--in a good way. It's actually a baggy, MAF polo shirt...and that's a furlough's worth of Chipotle and doughnuts, not muscles. But thanks for embarrassing me. :)

Pamela said...

Praise God for answered prayers!! Sent off our letters today, March first...so we will wait very patiently for your response. It will be wonderful to connect and form a friendship with your family.
God bless, Hawkins family (Lakeland, FL)

julia said...

Memories: I once meet some folk from your organization who were in Madang, PNG then they went to Iran Jyira. Just continue to be a super safe pilot and double check everything!