Update on Deborah! We got word that Deborah and my aunt and uncle made it safely to Australia last night! (11/19, 7:12a, Anna)
Hello All! This is Anna, Deborah’s older (but not old!) sister. Those of you who know Deborah know that she loves people. She has always been the social butterfly of our family, and her last days in the States were evidence of this. She had such a crazy schedule trying to see as many people as possible (and believe me, she wanted to see so many more of you than she did) that we ended up packing and repacking until the very last minute, making sure bags were at the proper weight limits and that nothing had been forgotten. Here are a few pictures of those special moments with the friends and family who she loves so well.
We left our house around 4:30a yesterday morning after a busy night including the “Last Supper” as a family, laughing together over little nothings, packing and repacking again, weighing everything to make sure we didn’t go over the limit for suitcases, a quick 1:30a trip to Walmart (almost killing an opossum on the way home!), last minute thank-you-letter writing that Deborah wanted to do before leaving, and everything else imaginable–except sleep. That, we decided, was not so very important…
Good thing we had our sleepover earlier in the week!
The Big Goodbye:
Tuesday morning, we met Aunt Sylvia, Uncle Andy, and Sarah (their daughter) at the airport, and after checking in we spent a few minutes in prayer together. We said our see-ya-later’s, and then enjoyed watching Faith waved goodbye over and over and over again as Deborah and Uncle Andy wound back and forth through the line to pass through security. Then suddenly, they were through, and the last goodbyes with them.
Their flight to LA left at 7:30a, and then they had a long wait until flying out around 1:00a our time. While there, they spent the day with a kind friend, who picked them up from the airport and took them to the aquarium for a bit! Deborah sent us some pictures:
Now, it is Wednesday night here in TX, and we assume that the trio made it safely through their stop at Brisbane to Cairns, Australia, where they will stay a few days to help adjust to climate and get over jet lag. Please pray for good rest for all three this week so they will be ready and able to settle in quickly when they arrive in PNG!
Thanks so much to all of you for your support and especially prayers for everyone during this whole process–We have felt them and been thankful every step of the way!