In addition to that there were things that needed to be set up for our time in the States. Getting a place to live, a car. Making doctor appointments, mid-wife appointments, and setting up a few speaking engagements. Oh, and then packing of course. It proved a little stressful to have a foot in Southeast Asia and a foot in America.
Then came the preparations for the 4 flights (1.5 hr / 1.5 hr / 9.5 hr / 11.5 hr) with a 2 year old and a 4 year old. Thinking through what they needed took quite a bit of time. Then came the goodbyes. We had to say goodbye to our neighbors, our dear friends and co-workers (praying for a co-worker, below), and Abigail had a little party to say goodbye to her classmates (above). After 2 months of preparations, and 2 solid weeks of errands, packing, and meeting with people to get things settled, we were MORE than ready to get on that plane and come home.
So, thank you to all of you who prayed for our preparations and our travel. We have felt very grateful to the Lord who tied everything up by the time it was ready to go (and not a moment earlier - which is often the case). Now that we are Stateside we are excited to see many of you who pray for us all the time.