Its Go Time!
I actually have to give Cassie, my wife, credit for wanting to make this her first post in South Africa. So if she hasn’t already told her social network then give her due credit.
We are in Port Elizabeth South Africa and we are crazy!
I just had to address the elephant in the room. I wonder if that means the same thing here in South Africa?
We left Monday morning (Oct 15) at 10:30a for the airport to make a 12:03p flight for DC Dulles that was delayed by 30 min.
We then hurried to our international flight that left at 5:40p EST (4:40p CST), which made an hour stop in Dakar, Senegal before arriving in Johannesburg on Tues (Oct 16) at 5:15p, JoBurg time (10:15a CST).
We then grabbed all our luggage. And I mean all of our luggage… Side note: We had 20 bags checked (not including carry-ons) among our 9 travelers and my family accounted for 12 of those bags. Hey! Don’t judge me. It takes a lot to move to a foreign country 🙂 … So when I say we grabbed all our luggage, you now know why that means a lot, and checked it in for our domestic flight to Port Elizabeth.
Show off moment: Over the last couple days God has been showing off. I love this term my father-in-law mentioned after me telling him se of the cool things God did last week. So I want to start using this term to give God Glory for doing something only he could do. Insert Sportscenter da na na da na na music here…
We had 20 checked bags, which is way over our allotted amount, but not one of the three different ticket service representatives charged us for the extra baggage. (Da na na da na na – it just dawned on me, I don’t get Sportscenter here… Hmmm)
We arrived in Port Elizabeth at 9 something SA time (2 something CST) making a total travel time of 26ish hours of travel! Show-off Moment: With a 2.5 year old and a 9 week old! Who, by the way, did amazing! Judah was excited to ride in the plane.
We were worried about the 18hr international flight, but that boy stayed in his seat 95% of the time and was amazing! Genesis loved her ride cause she got to be held the entire time… Much like I’m doing now at 12:23a my time… The only bad thing is that Cassie and I didn’t sleep much.
We were hoping to crash Tuesday night after the long journey but Judah and Genesis had other plans.
Judah stayed up until 2:30a and Genesis didn’t go to sleep until 4a. Cassie and I were exhausted and if was hard to exercise grace when this tired but we “joined Jesus” in this moment and made it through.
Today, our goal was to get info on opening a bank account and to get airtime and data time for our cell phones. Which we did and that’s how I’m able to post this.
Now that my daughter is asleep… again (I’ve been typing this post intermittently over the last 2 hours after she has woken up and while walking her back to sleep… I miss my rocking chair!) I am going to try to successfully put her in her pack and play, slowly remove my hands, and quietly enter my bed so I can enter into a good REM cycle.
Thank you to everyone who has been praying. We are grateful. Please keep it up!