11.12.09

The Perfect Journey

Rachel and I talked a couple days ago about feeling like Daniel Day Lewis and his two buddies, the last 3 Mohicans, when everyone else has gone on. Not just the Cropders, but also many of our friends linked on the sidebar.

But all that has changed. Last night around 11pm, Nairobi time, we pulled into the Mennonite guest house in Nairobi, with visas in our passports, among the newest residents of the country of Kenya. We were delighted at breakfast to find Alyssa Pfister (see sidebar), who came into town to meet us, and tomorrow evening will be the long-awaited southeastern hemisphere McCropder reunion extravaganza! The jetlag is significant, but Maggie is a champ.

If we could have planned the details of such a trip (which one never can), we would have planned it just as it happened. Totally amazing. Things we are very very thankful for:

-Getting to see all of Eric's family within 24 hours of leaving Nashville
-Making all our 3 flights, in Nashville, Detroit, and Amsterdam
-Never having to check Eric's guitar (they let us carry it on for both int'l flights!)
-Getting an empty seat between us to Amsterdam, where Maggie could sleep in her carseat.
-Getting into the "baby row" to Nairobi, where Maggie got to sleep in a wall bassinet.
-Paying the minimum visa fees in Nairobi, with a nice guy to process our application who is from the region near Tenwek Hospital.
-Maggie having zero significant crying spells the entire time
-ALL our luggage (all 8 pieces plus the carseat) arriving the first time through
-the grace that all this represents to us, confirming our decisions, in a time of a whirlwind of change

Thanks to all for supporting us so much in the last days in the US.

6 comments:

Family said...

God has been directing your steps and preparing your way. I hope you are able to settle into Tenwek well.

God Bless,

Em

Anonymous said...

Glad you all got there safe and sound. I pray the smoothness of the beginning of this journey continues for your as you start into your new life there for the next two years. We are praying for you, love you, and miss you all so much!
Love, Mariah and Jonathan

Kim said...

Praise the Lord! I love you guys and get butterflies in my stomach several times a time just thinking of the adventure you are on with God. Always ready to pray for whatever needs you've got. For now, celebrating your arrival and praying for every next step in getting settled there. Love you. Will says "Hi" to his girl Maggie too!
-Kim

Ellen said...

Wow, such traveling mercies! We're so glad that you are in Kenya safely. May the Lord bless all your endeavors there.

Cassi Piper said...

Look at me! I'm blogging! Who says stay at home moms can't be techy? :-) Many praises that you made it to Kenya safely and with minimal hassle, God is good! Rachie, I already miss you terribly, but even more so am so excited that you are finally living out your dream and your calling (and with such a great family at your side too!). Guess all those ER episodes in college really did pay off! Blessings to you all as you begin this new adventure furthering God's kingdom through His healing power. Love you guys! Praying for ya too... And who knows, maybe I'll go crazy and post another comment later on! Ha! -Cass

Haller4307 said...

Blessings, E, R, and M. We are eager to see how God uses you guys and we're thankful for all his mercies.