Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Friday, November 30, 2007

We are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow! An unexpected surprise...they have a free internet booth at the airport. I have had to wait a few hours to find an opening, but when you have nothing else to do for 8 hours, it's not so bad :-) The diversity is unbelievable, and for someone that loves people watching, I am having a hayday! We are doing well...we are safe and healthy. The flights have been incredible! We LOVE flying Emirates--Todd and I have enjoyed the pampering and the time together. We have so many details to share...where to start. First of all, it is about 3:30am Dec. 1st. We board the plane at 8:15 and will arrive in Entebbe, Uganda at 2:50 pm. It's getting close--we are so excited! Dubai is amazing with shops everywhere, it looks and feels like a busy mall. Even in the middle of the night, things around here are bustling. We got a free meal because we have over a 4 hour layover. Let's just say the food was interesting! Right after we ate, Todd said, "I am ready for some french toast and bacon!" We'll have to wait a couple more weeks for that...right Mom?!? Jim and Beth, I think you would love it here...this should be your next vacation spot--good shopping and good golfing!
Let me highlight a few happenings of the trip so far...
* On our flight to New York we sat next to a young man who is a senior at BYU. Before he even said anything, I knew that we were supposed to talk to him. Sure enough, we ended up talking the entire flight, a little over 3 hrs. I believe it was a divine conversation.
* Arriving at JFK airport was exciting. I think I had culture shock just being in New York! Every single person we talked to was genuinely friendly. Then before we boarded our flight, we saw a woman (I am assuming she was muslim) walking through the airport carrying her 6 year old son who was unconscious. The airport staff really didnt do much for her, but got her some ice and a wheelchair. They began talking to her trying to figure out what happend. In the meantime, the rest of her family boarded the airplane and the plane took off, leaving her there by herself! She was crying and Todd and I had a heart that was breaking for her. We stood just watching trying to figure out what we could do for her. I knew to pray, but what else. Todd and I continued praying for this little boy, and as I was asking God what I should do--He told me to pray for the boy. I said, I am praying. God nudged me further saying "Pray over him." I froze. I thought surely that is my crazy, loopy mind speaking to me. God said it again. Todd confirmed that I should go. I was only hesitant out of fear and embarassment, but I knew I had to obey my Lord. I walked over to the women in the midst of staff people around her, I asked if the boy was ok, and I asked if I could pray for him...she said yes. I laid my hand on him and prayed out loud. When I finished I walked away. It was later that I learned that she did not speak any english at all. I still dont know why God had me pray over a muslim women's boy, but I am confident that God was at work and things were happening in the spiritual realm.
* We made a stop in Hamburg, Germany and I asked some of the Germans how to pronouce my maiden name (which has always been something my family has wondered about). It is exactly the way we have always said it! I told them that they say it better though! I also found out that the first part of the name means "early". Kinda cool!
* One last thing, Todd and I got a really hard laugh when we were flying to Dubai and were trying to figure out what time it was and what time zone we were in. As we were talking we realized that on Nov. 29 at 7 pm we ate dinner and at 11pm we boarded our flight. During that flight we ate another dinner, breakfast, lunch and two snacks...the funny thing was only 11am!! It had been the middle of the night! It is so weird how you dont realize that when you are flying. With all that food you would think we were running a marathon...nope, we were just sitting and watching movies and playing video games on the seatback in front of us!!!
We are having a super time although we already miss Jaden, Kellen and Sage sooooo much! We are so thankful for my mom and my friends who love us so much and are loving on our children. Jaden, you would have loved the tv and video games on the airplane--it was a lot of fun. Kellen, you would love seeing all the people here and talking to every one of them. We know you would make a lot of new friends on this trip. Sage, you would love all the food we have gotten...mousse, brownies, cheesecakes, and chocolates...and we have seen so many cute little girls your age that you would have fun playing with. We love you and miss you so much. We are praying for you. Thank you for praying for us. It is so special knowig that you are praying for Mommy and Daddy. We will write again soon! Oh, I am thrilled...the next time you hear from us we will be holding our two precious Ugandan children. We will give them lots and lots of hugs and kisses from you all!
Keep praying, God is at work!


grammy and kids said...

iloveyou. you rock. iam praying for you. I miss you, but i am having fun. We are watering the tree lots. I hope you get back safely.Pleaase give Christopher and Katie a kiss and hug for me.
Love, Jaden

Mommy and Daddy, I love you!! I really miss you and I am really having fun. I really like the cards that you gave on the Christmas tree and the presents.I am hoping you will pray for me, Jamison, I love you.P.s. Bring back a brownie for me.

Hi, I am busy coloring right now, say hi to the bro and sis for me,love Sage

Lacey Nicole said...

Hello world travelers,
I am so happy to hear everything is going great. I miss you guys so much already!! Oh I can't wait for you to hold your precious children in your arms. We will be anxiously awaiting to hear back from you. The kids and Grammy are doing great!! We love you and God Bless!!
The Gipes

lundmanzoo said...

It was great to hear your update! I am here reading your news about tomorrow and it is 9pm, 11-30! Crazy! We miss you here, but we're really excited to hear about all your adventures so far! Hug those kiddos! Our love and prayers, The LundmanZoo

grammy and kids said...

Dear Jenny and Todd,
I told you Emirates is fabulous! I just imagined you both giggling to each other... while enjoying all that 1st class service! Everything is going great here. Thurs. was filled with the excitement of my first day know the routine...grammy, let's play Trouble, grammy, watch this, hey grammy, let's play getting married.Grammy, will you read a book. I loved every minute of it.
Friday, was much more mellow. Everybody fell into a normal routine, and I even had quiet time for myself at 9:00p.m.(hehe)
The notes you left me are very helpful, and a great reference, and Lacey, Erryn and Ariel are angels in disguise.
Misc. info: The boys have been taking their medication without incident.
Jaden, had a really hard time missing you both on Thurs. night. Dad gave me some great advice. He said, have Jaden cuddle in your robe, and put on some christian music. So...Jaden fell asleep wearing your soft, cozy robe, and listening to his Daddy sing. This is now, his everynight routine.
Comforting thoughts:
We are praying for you throughout the day,and the kids are so excited for Christopher and Katie to see you.
There is peace in the home, (most of the time) and the tree and fish are still alive.
We love and miss you, mom

Lacey Nicole said...

Yes, me again! I had a hard time getting out of bed this morning, until I was overcome with joy at thinking after all this wait you have hopefully, finally got to hold those little angels. I had to get online and check for any news. I keep finding myself trying to invision what it must be like. The verse that comes to mind: He has made everything beautiful in its time.-Ecclesiasties 3:11 We love you, and we look forward to hearing all the details.
Ki Ki

aakoenig said...

Hey you guys,
Your kids crack me up. They were fun to see yesterday. I helped them type out there messages and they were so very excited to hear from you both. I am glad to hear that you are enjoying your sedond honeymoon. Miss you and I can't wait to hear about seeing the kids.

Peter Davidson said...

Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. (2 Peter 3:18)

Come and see!

God bless.

Kirstina said...

When I first visited Jesus Babies I sat here and sobbed! It brought me to tears reading how much everyone helped along the way, I enjoyed hearing from you at the salon but for some reason reading how it all came to light was absolutley amazing!!! You are both so wonderful for everything you have done. If I can help at all while you are away please let everyone in Billings know!! God Bless you!