Sunday, August 29, 2010


It's finished!  Quick facts:

Total shipment weight--1,919 lbs.
Total pieces--20 (17 plastic bins, 2 large boxes, 1 crated toolbox)
Shipping via--air freight

We've also pretty much completed packing our luggage.  For that we have 9 checked suitcases, 3 carry-on suitcases, stroller, carseat, 2 laptops with cases, and a diaper bag!

Our itinerary:

British Airways
Departing Los Angeles International Airport  September 8th @ 9:20pm
Arriving London Heathrow Airport September 9th @ 3:30pm
Flight Time is 10 hours 30 minutes
Aircraft =  Boeing 747-400

British Airways
Departing London Heathrow Airport September 9th @ 9:15pm
Arriving Entebbe, Uganda September 10th @ 7:45am
Flight Time is 8 hours 30 minutes
Aircraft = Boeing 767-300

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kaitlyn's Second 1st Birthday

Yep, that's right.  She had a birthday party with grammy and popa in Ohio before we left, and Saturday we had a second birthday party at grandma Alvina's with Brian and Kristi's family.  This was however the first time she actually had a cake.  She wasn't too sure about everyone staring at her and singing, or the cake for that matter, until she found out what it tasted like!  Then it was all over!  There was cake everywhere.  After the cake and ice cream, we opened some presents.  Kaitlyn loves all her new toys...even though most of them are now packed in our shipment. 

In fact, we only have two more storage bins to pack before our shipment is complete!  Hopefully we will be finished by the end of this week.  Then we can focus more on last minute details, paperwork, and checklists.  It's hard to believe we'll be leaving in less than a month, but at the same time, we're super excited to begin this new chapter in our lives.  Please pray for our health in the next several weeks, as it will be undoubtedly stressful!  As always, we cherish your prayers!

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Chris:  "Why is it so quiet in here?  Hey Joy, do you know where Kaitlyn is?"  
Joy:  "Nope, I thought you were watching her."
Chris:  "Oh, I thought you were watching her." ..."Kaitlyn, where are you?"   Silence
Kaitlyn, where are you?!
Kaitlyn:  "He he, blah blah blah!

Oh there you are!  You found your bag of cheerios I see.  Didn't you eat enough at dinner?  

Apparently she didn't, because she had two big handfuls of cheerios and they were disappearing faster than I could pick them up.  After I got all the cheerios out of her hair, off her back, legs, and forehead, I decided to take a picture!  Now she goes in the luggage so we can keep a watchful eye on her!  If you look closely, you might even be able to see her first tooth that just poked through!
Other than chasing a 10 month old around, we've been packing, shopping, and packing some more.  With just one month left, we're starting to feel the pressure of getting everything done before we leave September 8.  You can praise the Lord that we are all healthy and doing well!