This day started out great!
We arrived at the airport early, boarded our plane on time...
and then because of a hydraulic leak we deplaned.
But we did not.
So we we reticketed to catch a later flight out of Chicago that would put us in Xian Saturday morning.
Not our plan A, but at least we would be there.
And then it seemed possible that we could still depart in time to catch a flight to Hong Kong, spend a night of rest in Hong Kong and fly to province Saturday morning.
We fired up.
We fired down. Another issue.
We missed our chance for Hong Kong...and rest.
But we finally did take off, even though we wondered if this
I've been too busy to unleash the tears of excitement...and fear...and excitement...and exhaustion ...
until today. They came. Right there at the ticket counter. Big.ugly. I want my girl in my arms!!!!
Once we finally took off, things turned around again.
We ran through O'Hare in hopes that our HK flight had been delayed. It had not.
So we ran to customer service.
And God brought beauty from the ashes!
We didn't get a quick flight. But the agent was doing everything in his power to be sure we arrived in Khloie's province well before she was there waiting on us!
We will depart Chicago at 7:55 pm, will spend 12-ish hours in Beijing *sigh* and finally fly to Xian and arrive at 9:45 Saturday morning!
It is likely we will receive Khloie Sunday afternoon!
So here's what God did:
Agent man told us that he truly believes there is a reason for everything and God is in control (yes!). He understands this because he was a friend, co-worker, and ticketing agent for one of the flight crews that went down on 9/11. Since then he has responded to his heart's desire to serve the Lord in other countries as a missionary, in addition to his job with the airline. He was a breath.of.fresh.air!
I'm trying not to think about the fact that we could now be halfway through our long flight and just focus on the truth that we will soon leave the country, and we will hold Khloie!!!
Thank you for your prayers!
God is sovereign!!!