Saturday, April 23, 2011

Six Days to Departure

We are now six days to departure for our first trip to meet our little guy in Vlad. Having been through this before, we're actually pretty much at ease. We know what to expect (at least we think we do!). However, much work remains to be done. Packing lists need to be finished. Preparations need to be made for Joel's parents' arrival. They will be staying with Nadya and the boys while we're away. Everything is on track. Oh yeah, then there was last night...

A severe storm (they haven't actually used the word tornado) blew through St. Louis last night and caused major damage to Lambert Airport St. Louis, the airport from which we are scheduled to depart in six days. Fifty percent of the windows in one of the main concourses were blown out. Thankfully, there were only a few minor injuries. No one was hurt badly. However, the official news release stated that the airport is closed indefinitely. They used the word "days" not "hours." Hmm. We're hoping and praying that our flight will still be on schedule for the 29th. If alternate arrangements need to be made, so be it. We'll be watching closely over the next few days. We're quite confident that one way or another we'll still be on our way to Russia on the 29th. It just might be a little less convenient than we planned.

Aside from all of the above, like I said, we're on track for departure. There is much to be done. We're hoping to get a lot done today. We have Clarion's family in town for Easter, so they'll be able to assist us as we prepare for our journey. It's always a blessing to have loved ones around at such a significant time. Of course, last night was Good Friday. Tomorrow is Easter. The death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus brings ultimate hope for Christians. What a hope we have in Christ Jesus in the midst of the storms of this life! He promises resurrection and life for us. Because He lives, we shall live also. Thanks be to God for the victory in Christ Jesus!

Joel & Clarion


  1. When I saw the news today I got right on your blog to see if you guys were OK. Glad you are. I'll be praying that you guys get off the ground on time and without any delays April 29th.

    Hard to believe your time is almost here!! Excited for you.

  2. I saw all the damage on the news here. I hope your flights stay on schedule. I know you are anxious to go!

  3. Hope you got off ok, I imagine you are getting settled in by now. Prayers! Very exciting!