While in Kenya the past 20 months we've gotten 2 new nephews, 1 sister-in-law, missed 10 cousins' birthdays, 8 sibbling birthdays, parents birthdays and anniversaries, and major holidays with extended family. I don't write this feeling sorry for ourselves, just to say that the calender reminds us of what we are missing most: family. So when I asked Malin to plan our vacation time it was no surprise when he said we should come home to spend time with my family and to see all his family at their Crescent Lake Reunion.
Searching for the cheapest, missionary flight lead us to fly Nairobi-Dubai-San Francisco and then Seattle. Amelia and Meredith enjoyed all the new movies and TV shows on the 15.5 hour flight from Dubai. They also liked all the drink choices only managing to spill 6 of the drinks received! Amelia gasped in amazement as a toilet automatically flushed at the airport (Meredith thought it was a little scary). Both think Nana's hot pool is fabulous. Amelia was able to celebrate her birthday with a beach picnic and got to eat the shrimp and fish she's missed (yes, she has high taste and also asked for crab).
Tonight Malin and I are going away for a night to celebrate our 10th anniversary and the girls will be spoiled by Nana and Papa. We pray this time refreshes us, reconnects us with family, and allows us to solidify what God wants for our family in 2011.