Getting There

by Cheryl on May 1, 2011

Starting to look like we're moving...

Starting to look like we're moving...

Last Wednesday POD delivered this into our driveway in Austin. The Lord provided for the total cost of the POD rental through two different donors. He has been so faithful in the details of this move! We planned for Benjamin to drive out to California with his brother Isaac and our dog Penny in our Honda Element towing a small UHaul trailer. Benjamin was able to sell his trombone from high school to cover the cost of the UHaul. The trailer would hold the belongings we needed to access during the two week transition from our house in Austin to the little house we will be staying in in Desert Hot Springs. Although we are currently without employment, we see God’s hand of provision so clearly! We had a large surprise tax return, and gifts from a few brothers and sisters. Amazing.

Benjamin and Isaac hit the road around 9am on Friday with Penny and an audio book to listen to. They ended up driving through the night and beat the girls and I to CA by two hours!

Our airplane adventures began at 4am on Saturday morning to make our 7am flight departure time to get to Dallas. I tried to pack lightly, knowing we’d be dragging two car seats, a stroller, and two babies along with any baggage. I managed to leave with one carry-on sized suitcase and one diaper bag. All the rest went with Benjamin in the UHaul trailer the morning before.

My mom, dad and brother Bobby woke up suuuper early to be our airport shuttle and we picked up our sweet friend Lolli who had offered to help me tote the girls and be our travel buddy. I can’t help but realize how many loving friends worked together to make this move happen! Those who funded the trip, who drove out of town, who changed their travel plans, who hosted us, who fed us, who prayed us all the way there… We praise God for each of you and for your support and love!

Airport security was our very first challenge. Even Hannah’s beloved stuffed animal “Pablo” (from Backyardigans kid’s show) had to go through the x-ray machine belt. We brought him for a bit of familiarity for Hannah and let’s just say that she did not appreciate him being taken to be inspected, and she expressed her feelings as only an 18 month old can do…

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How we roll... :)

After making it through security, juggling the girls, and getting things put back together (sort of), we found our gate and went to talk to the attendantabout our seat arrangements. Lolli’s seat had been changed from what we requested and we were hoping to sit near each other. Not only did we sit one seat right in front of the other, but we were switched to the bulk head seating (giving Hannah extra room to kick her legs), AND two extra seats for the girls to sit in their car seats!! We had not paid for the girls to have their own seats, planning on holding them, and it was SO great to have the option of putting them down. Thank you Lord.

I had expected Hannah to fall asleep at some point since she had been awake since 4am and usually doesn’t rise until 7. During the short flight to Dallasshe finally fell asleep thanks to Lolli while I nursed Hayley. I couldn’t believe how quickly it was already time to prepare for landing! Both of the girls did so much better than I was afraid they would. Hayley has been known to scream in her carseat in the car, and Lolli kept the conversation going with her so well that she only cooed and smiled on the flight. Miraculous!

Keeping airplane passengers in line

Keeping airplane passengers in line

In the Dallas airport, Lolli found a vacant wheelchair to use to pile on our two small suitcases and car seats. It’s amazing the caravan you need to fly with just two babies! We arrived at the Skylink transport train with our stroller and wheelchair load. The sign said, “NO CARTS.” We could have easily chosen to use a cart to push our pile, and would have had to unload and load again when we found another cart after getting off the Skylink. What a mess! Instead, we were able to roll right on in and out without a hitch. The same issue would have happened when we went to use the elevator. No carts allowed. We had no doubt that God was arranging the details of this journey.

Hannah’s “Mimi” packed us lots of yummy snacks and her Gramma packed some small wrapped surprises. We kept happy with songs, snacks, books, toys, walks, and stickers. Hannah was amazingly cooperative for being such a busy little girl and only had one or two moments of protest. No doubt her peacefulness was a gift of mercy from The Lord.

Discovering stickers

Discovering stickers

We could see the mountains out the plane window as we came in for a landing and I was impressed with the vastness and number of them. The Palm Springs airport was beautiful! I love the outdoor walk ways with white tent covers. You can see the mountains past them in the distance. I noticed the difference in climate immediately – it was a breezy day and the air was cool and dry. I guess a valley in the desert is a windy place! I have so much to learn.

Here we are in the car with Rachael, not sure why Hannah is sniffing her toes...

Here we are in the car with Rachael, not sure why Hannah is sniffing her toes...

Ben and Isaac arrived at Lolli’s house (where we are to stay until the POD arrives with our beds etc.) before 8am and took a snooze before we all met up. It was great to be reunited and Penny bounded around sniffing everyone happily.

Rachael and her kids had a welcoming party all set out for us with signs and gifts. A few of our brothers also came over to greet us, Brad and Sun. We enjoyed burgers and celebrated being together.

The girls and I took naps, and Hannah immediately fell in love with Rachael’s “big kids:” Noah (8), Naomi (7), Elijah (5), and Esther (4). She was just turning one when they left and is now so much more independent and talkative. She sat right down at their little picnic table to eat a dinner of Mac and Cheese with a fork. I can already tell that their company will be so good for her development and such a blessing to me. (Because she will eat) :)

Sooo we’re here! I had some tummy issues this morning, maybe due to dehydration, and am already on the mend. Promise to keep the blog posts coming…

First day in Cali

First day in Cali

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Eating Mac and Cheese with the big kids

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