Tuesday, May 17, 2011
May 20th Airlift is a Go!!!!!
I received a reassuring call yesterday that Vanessa's appointment went smooth at the US Embassy in Haiti and that she would be ready to travel on Friday. Thing is we did not immediately know which Friday, then I received a confirmation that she would in fact have to fly this Friday and that one of us would have to go to Haiti to escort her. Yes you heard that correct, I am leaving for Haiti this week! We scrambled to find last minute flights that would get me into Haiti on Friday morning and back out the same afternoon with Vanessa. I managed to piece together a itinerary that has me leaving Denver Thursday night, flying through LA then overnight to Miami just in time to make the first morning flight into Haiti. Both Vanessa and I will then leave Haiti Friday afternoon, arrive to process her through immigration in Miami and spend the night (turns out there is a hotel right at the airport, high priced but worth it) then fly out early in the morning to transfer planes in Houston and arrive to Denver at 11am on Saturday. Did you get that? Now the cost of throwing together that type of itinerary to leave in three days, and spend only four hours in Haiti, is costing as much as it cost for two of us to fly round-trip to Ethiopia back in 2008. So I was extremely appreciative when my parents offered to contribute air miles towards the flight. She is already loved so much by so many! To add to the joy, we got bumped up to first class for our flights out of Haiti and back to Denver, because the plane was full. Vanessa is going to be so excited, I can't wait to see her! I won't have to wait long since lift off is in less then 72 hours. Man I am gonna be tired, but for now I am to pumped about planning to sleep! The last time I saw Vanessa, she was crying when I said goodbye. I hugged her and reassured her that God would find a way to heal her legs and give her a family. The fact that she survived the earthquake and that all the pieces have fallen together to get her here for surgery is nothing less then a miracle. More then one person told me that it was impossible to get her here. Well, Vanessa here I come, get ready to touch the hearts of everyone you meet on the way!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by One Hot Homestead at 11:46 AM