Monday, April 24, 2006

Inching Closer to Home

I wrote the following last night, but Blogger wasn't working properly. I still wanted you to read it, so I saved the message and decided to post it today. Here it is...

Tonight (Monday at 9:50 pm) is our last night at the White Swan. We check out tomorrow, board a bus, and head to the U.S. Consulate to get visas for our babies. After that, the bus will take us to Hong Kong,where we will spend the night and then head home on Wednesday. God willing, we will arrive in Seattle early Wednesday morning after crossing back over the international dateline.

I am so relaxed right now I can barely type. I just had a massage here at the White Swan Health Centre. It was just what the doctor ordered for my aching back. I'm not used to carrying around a 17 pound blob of squirming flesh. And unlike other new parents, I didn't get the chance to work up to it, starting with an 8 pound newborn. Lily was delivered to us in all of her 17 pound glory.

I don't know what the email and internet situation will be like at the Hong Kong hotel. That means that this might be my last post before we get home. And even if it is available, I still think I'll hold off until I get home since we will pull in to Hong Kong late and have to get up so early on Wednesday. That being the case, I'll see some of you when we get home to Washington. Those of you who are coming for an Onken-Toulouse-Hepola birthday celebration in June, I'll see you then. I'll see some of you when we travel to SoCal in August. And hopefully all of you can meet our lovely daughter sometime in the near future. Thanks for all your wonderful, encouraging comments.

Keep checking the blog, though. When I get home, I plan to post more pictures of our trip (when I'm not paying for internet time!), and I will post some pictures of Lily adapting to her new home in Marysville.

The red thread is getting pretty short.


Anonymous said...

We are so happy for you. I had three of Jan's kids in class when I taught in Washington. It has been fun talking to her and following your journey. We hope and pray that you will be as blessed with your daughter as we are with Madison (our daughter).
take care and God Bless
Mark Oglesby

Anonymous said...

This has been an amazing journey for you and everyone that has been keeping track of you.

Can't wait to see you and meet that precious little girl. See you on Sunday.

Love in Christ, our Risen Lord.
Rose Jones

Anonymous said...

Have a safe trip home, pastor. We're praying for a safe and uneventful trip home. 1Thess. 5:16-18
the Bartelheimers!!
See you Sunday!

Anonymous said...


I am praying for a safe & easy trip home for all of you. I miss you Kurt & will be glad when you are on U.S. soil again. Lily is beautiful & I can't wait to give her a hug & kiss from her California Grandma!!

Love you,

Anonymous said...

A safe journey for all of you.
Can't wait to meet Lily when you come to CA.

God be with you on the last of the red thread.


Anonymous said...

We are so excited for you! It's almost over and then you can settle in to your new life with Lily in your home town.

We praise God that this was a successful and smoothly orchestrated trip!

Kurt, get some much needed rest when you get home and Juile, have fun!! Now you get to hold and kiss Lily to your heart's content!

We'll see you all in a couple of days! Can't wait!

The Striecks

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