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Thursday, June 30, 2011

To New York!

We arrived in New York (flew in to Jersey actually) late Tuesday night and made the 1.5 hour ride to Sarah's parents' house to make it there by 1:30am local time.  Since Sarah booked the trip this time, it only took about 13hrs, 2 stops, 1 plane change, Mcdonalds, TCBY and some free peanuts and pretzels to get here.  She actually had no choice, it was the only itinerary we could get with our free flights.  Anyway, it was a long day, but with the time change it was really only like 10:30pm for us (former) West Coasters, so not too bad.  Bad for Sarah's parents though who had to get up early the next morning for work...sorry, but we couldn't pass up the free flight.  They of course understood, Olivia was super excited to see grandma and grandpa, Sicily loved all the lights, and we are very appreciative!  Thanks again Brandts!  And the Reese's Klondike Bar I had while watching the thunderstorm at 2am was scandalous.  I now have something else I will miss while in Honduras.

A couple things I learned the last few days:
1. Moving a family to another country is hard (and I'm not even there yet!).  There are a lot of preparations and a lot of luggage.  6 checked bags (including the pack n play), 3 backpacks, 1 laptop, and another bag for Siciliy's and Olivia's toys...I might never move back from Honduras just to avoid moving all the stuff.  Thankfully we plan to leave a fair amount of things in Honduras whenever we return.
2. I have a lot of clothes.  I think I may have only taken about 1/4-1/3 of my shirts...ridiculous.  This after a trip to Goodwill also.
3. Saying goodbye is difficult, even when you're planning on making it temporary.  I love my family in Oregon and it was hard saying goodbye.  I kind of got a taste of what Sarah and her family do each time they visit for a few days then have to return for a few months.
4. We have a lot of friends and family that have been extremely generous in supporting us for this trip!  Thank you everyone who has helped in one way or another.

We are very excited for the couple weeks in NY and the next year or so in Honduras!  Glad you are along for the ride, at least in some vicarious way.

We'll also post some pictures of NY while we are here, but here are a couple pics we took with my family a week before we left for NY. 

 Uncle Chrissy
 Lady Lucias
Making sure the angle was right
 jump, jump, jump...jump around
 Our little family
My side of the family

Miss you guys already!


  1. Ira - You guys are doing an amazing thing! I am so excited to hear about your adventures in Honduras. I would be so nervous to take my family to another country, but what an opportunity it will be for all of you! I am praying for your safety on your journey!

  2. Thanks Stephanie. Of course there are some things that we are nervous about, but obviously we're very excited to get down there...thanks again for your support!