Well, we landed in Niger. Let me (Jody) give you a brief overview of our 24 hours of traveling to arrive at our destination. It all started the night before we boarded our first plane in Erie, PA. Between packing, anxiety, and children who got up in the middle of the night, we got about 2 ½ hours of sleep. This was not a promising start. We were hoping to bring just a couple of carry-on bags because we had to get 3 children successfully through airports, but instead we found it necessary in order to get all our stuff here to bring many carry-ons. This made it difficult to board and exit planes and go through security at several different airports.
Finally, one of our children (maybe two, it’s all really a big blur) got a fever halfway through the flights, which made sleep difficult on a plane (which is already hard enough). This sickness led to crying and even at one point vomiting. While trying to catch our last plane in Paris, Jordan, who was exhausted and looked dead as we dragged her through the airport started crying and telling us she did not want to get on another plane. Although, at this point I did not want to board another plane either, we put the kids on against their will and made our last flight to Niamey, Niger. 4 flights, 3 children, 2 exhausted parents later, we were on the ground in Africa getting ready to adjust to our new surroundings. Eleven out of our 14 checked bags arrived and the other 3 arrived on Sunday night and for that we are grateful and thankful to our God.
(The girls enjoying a movie on the plane)
It has taken a few days to get caught up on sleep and we are still adjusting to the elements and different challenges Africa brings, but all seems well.
Now for the “funny things kids say on planes” section I promised.
1) Jordan, while we were sitting on the runway, says, “Is this the speed way?” in which I replied, “Yes, this is the speed way.”
2) While coming into New York, we had a view of the ocean. When I told Camryn we could see the ocean she responded with, “Is this the deep end?”