It is officially 5 weeks from our departure date and our “to do” list is only getting longer and longer. We all received yellow fever, typhoid fever, and meningococcal vaccines on Monday. It took 3 hours. THREE. HOURS! no food, no drinks, no iPads…we were completely unprepared! We did have diapers though! If I have to walk back to that infectious disease clinic any time soon I think I will have PTSD from all of the crying that happened in that last hour. I will say, I have never been so thankful for the military healthcare system. I picked up two bags of malaria meds yesterday and paid $0. And all of those shots? $0. We feel very blessed. Oh, another perk of the military? We get 3 free bags per person AND a 70 pound allowance for free on our flights since Darrell has military orders. We are hoping to use all of that up to bring as much as we can to the missionaries. Don’t ask how all of this will be transported on either end…we really don’t know, but God knows!
Our excitement for our trip has started to bubble over. Before Shiloh was born we couldn’t look past “we have to have a baby first.” We wanted to be sure we had a healthy, full term baby before our brains really allowed the trip to sink in. Well, it has fully absorbed now and we wax and wane between extreme excitement and extreme terror. The fear mostly hits when infectious disease doctors tell us how dangerous it is for us to be taking an 8 week old, and when we start talking about all of those hours on a plane. Thankfully, the Lord has provided a girl named Nina who is 17 and will be flying with us from Newark to Burundi and back. She is going to be in Burundi the entire time we are there to help with our kids, another visiting family, and the missionary kids. This was truly a God thing and we are so thankful to have an extra hand to help and an extra set of eyes to count to six over and over and over again while in the airport.
As far as visas and passports. Darrell spent almost the entire day yesterday working toward mailing off our visas applications. We can’t get a visa for Shiloh until we get her passport, but we expedited that process and will hopefully get her passport next week. Then we will send it off for her visa.
Update on Shiloh: She is doing awesome! Her 3 year old sister consistently wakes us up more than she does, so she’s a winner for that. We are so in love with her.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.” We pray that we are walking in His plans every step of this journey.