Wednesday, January 4, 2012
We are crazy!
When our heads hit our pillows Monday evening, we had one thought clamoring through our brains. "We are crazy!" We had just finished a grueling session of packing. We had chosen a budget airline which limited us to 40lbs/bag instead of 50lbs and this curveball had struck us out. Our alarm was set for 4 hours later to wake up and hit the road to arrive in Chicago by 4am. Is that enough justification for our "crazy" certification? The early morning wake up and trip actually went very well. After arriving, we entered phase 2 of the trip towards crazy. We had 5 checked, 5 carry-ons, and 4 kids and the only effective way to navigate the lines at the airport was to go the way of the inchworm. Again, slow and steady won the race and we made it to our airplane with no time to spare. It was all "sailing" from there. The kids actually did great on the airplanes and the flights went smooth. After arriving in Jamaica completely sane, we made it through a long wait at immigration and went to collect our bags only to find one missing. While walking over to the baggage desk, I saw a bag near the desk that looked like ours. I walked up to check it out and the baggage person said, "I dont think that is your bag." I said, "you are right, but I have one that looks very similar and I cant find it." Then, the light bulb went off in his head, the lady whose bag remained had taken my bag. He was able to get her number and call her. He asked her to turn around back to the airport to return our bag for hers. So, we still dont know where she was when she turned around, but we waited for more than an hour. But, we finally got our bag, made the 2 hour drive home, and celebrated a day of answered prayer. Smooth and safe travels. Amen! And, the cherry on top was our teammates having a meal prepared for us in our fridge. Praise the Lord.