safe and sound in Cambodia

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!

13 thoughts on “safe and sound in Cambodia

  1. Rachelle

    I feel like we are there with you too! Thank you for being the hands and feet for those of us here. Praying for you to get a little rest.

  2. Megan

    So happy that you are there and hopefully asleep right now! It is so crazy to me that you are there because since I have known you, a little over a year, this has been your goal, to get your family there- and look at you- you are THERE!!!!! May God bless you and the people you come into contact with!! Cannot wait to hear all about it.

  3. Claudia

    So glad the trip there was uneventful and safe! Just couldn’t stop smiling as I thought about your midnight greeting in Cambodia.

    Continuing to pray and looking forward to hearing more of your amazing adventures!

  4. Holly

    YIPPPEEEE!!! Nothing like seeing God’s plans for us in person! 🙂 Praying for good rest – and lots of God moments in the next few days. Excited about all HE has done! 🙂 Love you.

  5. Mary

    sooo glad you guys have arrived safely! i can’t imagine that was a super fun plane ride but it will be worth it. can’t wait to see pictures and hear about more of your journey!

  6. Keri

    You are almost in my time zone!! I think you are ahead an hour? Who cares? It’s a heck of a lot closer than Ohio! I am getting so excited……don’t have too much fun blessing everyone before we get there!

  7. Sharon

    Yay! I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a post. So glad to hear you all made it without any problems. Praying for good sleep!

  8. Nancy

    Thankful that you’re safe & sound. I couldn’t figure out whose phone was ringing at work this afternoon (there are only 2 of us there and I was sure it wasn’t mine). It was an unfamiliar ring and I realized it was the scheduled prayer time I had entered for each day of your trip. Can’t wait to hear more!

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