Greetings from beautiful, balmy Cambodia! It’s 6:58 a.m. here on Tuesday morning. We lost 12 hours on the way here and will look for them again in a few weeks. We had big plans to sleep off our jet lag, but instead, we went to bed at 2:30 a.m. and got up at 6:00 a.m. Maybe tomorrow we’ll catch up on our zzzz’s.
I’m sitting outside in a gorgeous garden. Palm branches bigger than I am are waving over my head. There’s foliage all around me and a wafting cool breeze. This is going to be a rough five weeks.
We survived the plane trip. The girls had been looking forward to it for months, but their romantic dreams sizzled and died before we even got out of Chicago. Our awesome friends Britt and Pam took us to the airport, and we got through everything so smoothly (with our 13 bags and 10 carry-ons) that we ended up taking an earlier flight to Chicago so we could all sit together.
Gabe slept for zero minutes on the 14-hour flight from Chicago to Seoul. The rest of us slept in fits and spurts, and I actually feel pretty good at the moment. Just a little honeymoon period before the exhaustion hits, I suppose. Or maybe I’ll just pray it away.
We had a party at the airport after midnight. Our friends Yvonne, Panha, and Veasna met us as well as P & V’s dad (our tuk-tuk driver), his friend Heng (another driver), a van driver (for our luggage), Savong and Pisey (Mom and Dad at the orphanage) and Sophan, Sophy, and Somphors (3 of our kiddos). Be still my heart.
Yvonne and I had a delightful conversation on the tuk-tuk ride from the airport to the guest house. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for these friends who have bent over backward to make our transition an easy one. Cell phones ready for us to use, bread and cereal and milk in the guest house, Narin waiting up for us and showing us our beautiful rooms. So blessed.
A shower is on the agenda for today and then lunch with Yvonne, Panha, and Veasna, a tour of the city, and then Panha and his dad are taking us out to the orphanage when the kiddos get out of school at 4:00.
One of my goals for this trip is for us to bless Cambodia more than Cambodia blesses us, and so far, we’re lagging behind by a mile. Here’s to catching up quickly!
Thanks again for praying, friends. What a huge, huge encouragement you are to us! We know you’re the reason we got here safely and our luggage and every last thing we packed in it is safe and sound in our guest house. We feel like you’re here with us and it fills us with happy.
My posting will probably be sporadic, sometimes more than one a day, sometimes not any. I’ll do my best to share our adventures without spending all my time in front of our laptop.
Love and hugs!