The flight was great. Emirates was a wonderful airline. The kids watched available movies on the airline screen and played numerous games of battleship against each other. I enjoyed a few episodes of "Call the Midwife" haha! And we tried to sleep as much as possible.
The VanEssendelft cousins (and one Huntington!) were all at the airport to meet us.
The fun has begun!
But we have had a few bumps along the way. On our first full day in country, Katelyn was on the zip line with her cousin on her lap and the zip line broke. She fell about 10 feet and suffered 4 fractures of her spine. Two are compression fractures in the vertebrae and 2 are pars fractures. The good news is that all the bones are still in place...no pieces fragmented off or anything. The bad news is that it means 6 weeks in a back brace and no heavy activity for the rest of furlough.
We also had all of Benaiah's appointments to figure out his asthma.
It turned out that his adenoids are severely enlarged and were blocking his breathing, especially at night! This was exactly what we were observing.
So two days later he had surgery to remove them. He was scared going into it, but did really well. When he was waking up from anesthesia, he was so upset with me, as if I had betrayed him. haha! He kept saying, "oh mama, oh mama, don't ever ever ever do this to me again!" As he got food in him and got distracted with his kindle games, he perked up.
Despite the craziness, America has been great fun. Thank you for praying for us!