Revelation 3:8 (New International Version)
I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

The child is the beauty of God present in the world – that greatest gift to a family.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta)

Friday, July 20, 2012

We made it to Bulgaria!

Hi Everyone,
  We did arrive one day later then expected.  We missed our flight to Germany so we had to stay in Virginia for the day. The weather delayed us (we had to wait for our plane to arrive in RDU) at first but then when we arrived to Washington a jet food truck was in front of where the plane parks.  The pilot made an announcement that the truck was unattended and they were looking for a driver to move the truck....funny at first but not funny when you are already delayed.  So then we asked where our gate would be and they told us the wrong gate number! As we arrived to the gate the attendants stated that the plane was being held and that we must hurry.  They looked at our ticket and began to tag our stroller and infant car seats. It wasn't until after a few more minutes when another attendant looked at the tickets that she are going to Germany and told the first attendant. " By the way" she said, "you will never make it to the other plane because of the distance". Well she was right our plane left 40 minutes prior to us arriving at the correct gate.  We ran but it did not work. We then noticed that our strollers were tagged for France!
So here we were with no one around except the cleaning people. We eventually had to go to the outside and start again, no hotels available, no refund or voucher for a hotel and luggage somewhere in holding with us anable to get it because of security reasons.  We finally at 3am made to a hotel paid 40 something for a taxi (one way) and hotel cost of 179!  This was no way to start but we had no choice so we made the best of it.  In the morning we found out that our plane to Germany would not leave for over 12 hours but at least we had seats being held.
so what did we do to pass the time?....we went to the mall! We went window shopping but by now my feet had blisters from the flip flops so getting a pair of different flip flops was a must. We also had to get some hygiene stuff since most of ours was in the luggage that was somewhere in the airport.
Well, we did make it to the next plane with much time to spare and we departed at 2205. The rest seemed simple until we were at baggage claim..... the announcement was made that there was no other luggage coming. Here we now were with no luggage or strollers! what can you do but shake your head and laugh and fill out missing luggage slips.  So here we are and despite it all we are all safe and happy to be here.  We feel so very lucky that God has given us this opportunity.  Tomorrow we should be picking up one child from the orphanage.  We are just hoping our luggage arrives.


  1. Oh Jenny. You have such a good outlook on things. I would have been bald from pulling my hair out if all of these delays had happened to me! My luggage was 2 days late getting to Kiev so I understand a little of what you're going through. I know it will all be worth it when you get your sweeties out of those orphanages!!!

  2. Thank the Lord you made it safely! I have been following your blog for awhile and just think the world of you and your family! Thanks for sharing your story and I can't wait to see them all in your arms heading home to their new life! I will pray your luggage and strollers get there as well! God bless and good luck tomorrow and the rest of your trip too! 4 less orphans in the world this week! Does it get any better? Sincerely, Samantha Collins

  3. You really do have a wonderful outlook. I'd have been having panic attacks at the first hint something was going awry.

    Can you tell us who you're picking up tomorrow, and when you're picking up the others? I don't know why it makes me feel better to know, but it's like I carry that particular child on my heart and in my prayers extra that day, and rejoice in their freedom. One starfish at a time. :) Your babes are beautiful and I cannot wait to see them flourish!

  4. Oh my goodness! At least you aren't traveling alone! That would be even harder with all those mishaps. Praying! (((HUGS)))

  5. I'm so glad you have others with you, too, Jenny! An adventure they'll never forget!