|All Three Orphanages Together|
Being led through the banana tree “grove.” This was my first time on this part of the orphanage grounds. My escorts were Huo, Rathanak, Pannha and Michael (Huo being furthest away).
Huo and Kim work on the Rubik’s cube. Huo worked all afternoon on it. We’ll see if we can’t get it solved on the bus ride to and from the beach.
A tired team heads to the Blue Pumpkin for dinner. It was close and familiar. We had planned on a more traditional dinner, but the 6:15 “call time” this morning caused us to re-think our plans. You can tell the 20-somethings and teens on our team – they are the ones texting and emailing all through dinner =) What you can’t see is Chris (across the table from Christina and Emily) doing the same thing on his phone. When Melanie (at the other end of the able also on her phone) told the other three the wireless code, it was like they had won the lottery!
Just a random shot of some Blue Pumpkin marketing. Last year this was Emily’s favorite place. So we were more than happy to check it out again.
Ok time to get moving. Bus is arriving in less than an hour . . .We’ll try to update you from the beach, but wireless is not a guarantee there. Worst case is that we are back online Monday morning Atlanta time. Grateful for the way you guys continue to support us and bathe us in prayer!
Just a quick note to say that we were just supposed to tour around Phnom Penh today however, in the afternoon we were able to stop by the orphanage!! It was so much fun because all of the kids from all three orphanages were there so I was able to see all of the kids that I know!! Its amazing how much some of them have changed just since November. I realize that a lot of pictures were taken but most not by my camera so I’m just adding a few. Others with better cameras may be able to update soon!
|Narin – just being himself|
|Me with Thai – He’s from Banteay Meanchey|
|Playing around at the orphanage|
Tomorrow we head to the beach!!
Due to the cloud cover, it’s surprisingly cool here this morning. We miss the blue skies, but are more than grateful for the cooler temps. Darrel and Chris got up early for a run before breakfast. The rest of us made it down just in time for the “traditional” Riverside Cafe breakfast. From omelettes and smoothies to french toast and much bacon. It was a filling meal after 24 hours of airplane food.
First and foremost, we are here. We are safe and grateful for a very easy, albeit long, travel day. Now that the basic stuff is out of the way, here’s a quick recap of our arrival to Phnom Penh:
As a team we checked 21 bags to go along with 15 or so carry on bags. Needless to say it took some logistics to keep track of all the goodies that we brought for the week. As soon as we made it through immigration, our team went to work – as if it had been doing this team luggage thing each and every week since last year. Darrel immediately went to grab multiple luggage carts. Melanie and Billy started pulling bags off the conveyor and one by one everyone else pitched in without having to ask for directions at all. Presto – all 35+ bags accounted for.
Customs was a breeze. As we make our way to the exit, before we even see the kids, we start to hear shouts of “Daaarrrrreeeeellll”, “Kristeeee”, “Melanie” and on and on. Considering that we are about 9 gazillion miles from home, it sure did feel as if we were at a homecoming. There were probably a dozen or so kids here to welcome us, hug us, grab our bags, hold our hands, etc. No matter how often we come, the hospitality still blows us away.
I’m fairly certain that we all would have made the effort for just the airport experience. And, I’m just as sure that all of us are soooooo glad that we have another full week with the kids before we start to think about heading home.
Lots of photos to come, but for now, it’s 1:30. Breakfast is at 8:00 and I definitely don’t want to miss that. Thanks for checking in on us. So grateful for you guys.
In baseball lingo, we have made it to the “cutoff” man. The long leg of our flight is behind us. Our journey started at 10:00 am as most of us got our first taste of the new international terminal. As you would expect for a facility that is barely 2 months old – it felt like a nice upgrade over the domestic terminal.
Kristie as she says good-bye to the US for a couple years:
Korean Air making covet as we walk through First Class and Business Class on our way to our 14 hour home on the back of the bus. For the record, as coach goes, Korean Air is amazing. So grateful for that!
They don’t look like triplets, but Billy, Darrel and Kristie act like triplets as they are all smiles in row 32 before the flight takes off.
Just a view for row 31 as we hit Korean air space.