we returned safely. The journey was EPIC. Seriously no other word for it and now that we have Internet (thanks to some pestering the guys in town by J) I can at least update a bit. Warning: I am wicked tired and have no idea what time it is A.) at my current locale or B.) at our point of orgin in Chicago thus the following may make no sense, contain multiple spelling &/or grammar mistakes, and confuse those dear readers who are just checking to make sure we got here safe and with all our gear in tow. Short version: We did and we are thankful or as I have told the crowds of visitors : tunamshukuru Mungu kwa safari salama (We are thanking God for a peaceful trip). The girls were actually both complete rock stars only having the occasional meltdowns on all the plane rides. They mostly slept actually which was a huge blessing. J and I can never really sleep on planes though so we were wrecked upon arrival in the UK. Then there were still 2 more planes …Oh Vey! But alas, we made it and so did our stuff!! And even though it is massively overwhelming it is good to be home. Once we arrived we were bracing for the worst as far as our place, the weather, etc. We have found that living here it is best to always have catastrophe at least on your radar. If not you will have too many disappointing moments. Actually, only our toilet and air conditioner unit in our bedroom was busted (both of which we are working on currently). That and someone carved a bizarre little turtle on the side of our car door. We were expecting much worse and our friends and team mates made sure we felt welcomed back.
Here is a brief update our our first 24-ish hours by numbers….
tons- the numbers of prayers that got us here safely! I took this pic at the airport after I noticed that during our prayer Anni’s baby had snuck her hand in 🙂
over 35- number of hours of consecutive travel to arrive here.
2-number of amazing former team mates who picked us up and looked after us in the UK. It was great to catch up, see their little boy and intro them to Evy, and eat their yummy food! Thanks guys!
This pic below cracks me up because Anni’s pants (with a drawstring) kept falling off. The best timing was running thru Heathrow airport “everybody see my chupis” Yep!
94-degrees it was when we landed…with 85 % humidity (Anni would like everyone to know her curly hair “came back on my head again”) I would add with a vengeance..
12- at least the number of times J and I commented to each other “can you believe how hot it is here?” Or “was it really this hot?” or “blasted, it is HOT!”
11- number of pieces of luggage that arrived safely in Dar after 2 1/2 days of journey: Miracle!!! Even Evy’s car seat they made us check last minute in the U.S. (meaning we had no car seat in the UK-Argh!) made it!!
16- number of hours Annikah slept STRAIGHT our first night back- she did not wake up until almost noon the following day!! She had so much energy while seeing friends and rediscovering her room and toys but then took out a puzzle toy around 7pm and just 3 minutes later we found her like this…completely passed out on the tile floor
1-happy little girl to be reunited with her friends here. She has forgotten a lot of her Kiswahili though so we are all trying to get back into the groove. She also quite astutely said “mama all my friends here are brown” well, not all but most.
13: number of guests that “Hoodi”ed our first 24 hours back home. If kids are included it was more like 35 or 40. Word traveled fast that Mama Annikah brought pipis (candy) from America. It is great to see everyone and hear about the last few months. Evy is lovin’ the attention too! Everybody loves a bald white baby, especially one with a Kiswahili middle name 🙂
So while we are definitely suffering from the demons of relocating; lack of sleep, feeling of uprootment, culture shock (reshock in our case)….we are excited to be back. We are home and that is a good thing.