Friday, January 07, 2005

14 hours on a plane with a 2 year old!

First Flight - From DFW to Seoul, Korea

The sound of the plane engine is so soothing! We are in the air…flying around 600 miles per hour. You know I think the hardest part about all of this has been the goodbyes. I didn’t know this until recently but ever since 9/11 people can no longer see you off at the gate.

So last night around 10pm after I got off work I said by to my mother at her house. I couldn’t believe that I couldn’t stop the tears. It was the kind of cry where something in your chest just wells up. You know what I mean? She had cried all of her tears out the day before at church. Where as I hadn’t cried at all yet – so I cried like a waterfall.

We drove to Dallas and stayed in a hotel. Our two best friends stayed with us…Micheal and Lisa. We were so tired after grabbing a bite to eat we went straight to bed despite the fact that Lisa had brought every cool game she had (Cranium included). We woke up early and headed to the airport.

We had to say goodbye at the curb! It was sooo rough! I cried sooo hard! I’m going to miss these people soo much! My heart aches when I think about it. I’m really excited about our trip though. When we made it up the escalator in to baggage check in we were told that we could only have 1 carry on. We had brought 2 each as we had been told. !!! My heart dropped to the floor! It’s hard enough trying to fit everything you own into 6 check-in suitecases and 6 carry ons…and now we had to fit everything in our 6 carry ons into 3 carry ons!!

I plopped down and began to work while John rangled Josiah and by some miracle I did it. John and I are astonished and wonder if God didn’t work some kind of small miracle. It just doesn’t seem possible. With kid and 3 carry ons in tow we were off to our gate. We ate at McDonalds for the last time for a long time and waited for about another hour. Our plane was delayed a little bit.

I have to admit I was a bit nervous about the whole plane ride. I don’t know why but every time I’m going on a plane ride I have this anxiety about it because I have such a vivid imagination. I just pray and it goes away. Josiah did wonderful with take off. He was sooo excited about getting on an airplane.

You know one really neat thing happened while we were waiting for our plane to be ready. We were sitting infront of this windowed in area facing outside. About 5 feet on the other side of the glass American Soldiers started walking by. There must have been at least 50 of them. As they walked by in full camo I wanted to do something. Like stand up and clap or wave…er…something. I know that would have been cheesy but I wanted to show them how much it means to me that they are serving our country. John felt the same way but by the time we had talked about it most of them were already gone.

I praise God for the people who fight for our country and show such courage. It’s been nice for the past 2 hours on the plane…Josiah’s been napping. He’s awake now and it’s John’s turn. Lunch was neat. It was almost like we had the choice of an American meal or a Korean meal. It was either BBQ Beef with Mashed Potatos or Steamed rice, soup and some salad thing with salmon in it. I wasn’t dareing…I chose the BBQ beef but later regretted not getting the rice and such.

It’s amazing how advanced everything is now. There are TV’s everywhere and every once in a while when a movie isn’t playing it will show a picture of the plane over where we ware…like what state we’re passing over. There is even an exercise program that comes on every couple of hours with exercises to do in your seat. Right now they are going around selling stuff from carts.

There is a Korean movie with subtitles playing that I just can’t seem to get into. I usually do ok with subtitles but not this one. It’s the equivalent to one of our “B” movies or worse. The best I can tell. I’ll pass on the headphones thank you!

Well we’re only 4 hours into our flight. 10 more hours to go! Man, the book I brought to read had to be stuffed into the last space available in one of our check ins. John was able to hang onto his Bible, Thank God! J Welp, that’s it for now. I’ll write again later!