Monday, April 16, 2012

Beginning our furlough

March 5, 2012, we left Tallinn, Estonia to begin furlough.

Early mornings are not my favorite time of day. However, once I got my eyes open and forced myself outof bed, I felt pretty good.  We got to the airport plenty early and everything went smoothly with check-in and getting through security.  After just a short wait at the gate, we got on the plane for our first flight and began our trip to America.

Leaving in the morning was perfect timing to see the sunrise from the air.  Isn't it gorgeous?!!!

Of course, the kids liked having personal t.v. screens in front of their seats.  It sure helps entertain them on that long flight over the ocean.  They also spent some time reading, playing games, and coloring.

Since our flight was during the day, no one slept much :(

Toward the end of the flight, the stewardess passed out cups of ice cream.  
Such a refreshing treat made a big hit!

Ron's parents picked us up at the airport and took us to their house in Lancaster.
Welcome to the desert!

The next afternoon we drove to Visalia where our sending church is located and my family lives.

Pizza, family, and fellowship made for a great evening.

Cuddle time with grandma was a great way to end the day.

The time difference and all the excitement caught up with Caleb and sleep took over.

We praise the Lord for His protection as we traveled.

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Announcing the winner of the 
huge chocolate candy bar from Estonia!
#7 said,
"been following your blog now for almost 2 years I think.  Met you in Lithuania in June of 2010. :) had a blast with your kids!"
Please contact me (with the email me button on the right hand side of my blog) with your mailing information so I can send you your chocolate.


  1. So glad you made it here safe. Can't wait to see you an introduce Micah!

  2. What a gorgeous sunrise photo!!! Praise the Lord for safety traveling! Wish we were crossing paths!

  3. Hey Rachel....
    I just now read your post.... - that I was the winner of the Chocolate Bar! so sorry I didn't respond right away. The email button doesn't seem to want to work for me.
    I can put my mailing address here on a comment if that works for you. ???

    Glad you are enjoying your time in the states with your families!


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