Purchase plane tickets to Zambia, CHECK
We are now the proud owners of 4 plane tickets from DFW to Dubai to Lusaka. Man was it hard to click that Purchase button. We haven't raised all of the money for the tickets yet, but the price had gone up twice in the last few days and we felt like we just couldn't wait. If we waited to long, and the price got to high, there was just no way we would ever be able to get the tickets. So it's official. We are going back to Zambia this summer.
Now to pay for the tickets... and find affordable housing and transportation. And plan all of the activities to do with the children at the school. Oh, and fundraise all of the money for all of these projects. I know you think we might be crazy to continue on this journey before the funding comes in, but we just have faith that it will work out. We are willing to do anything and everything we can to raise all of the money needed to go. We just will... because we know this is where we are supposed to be.
As excited as I am about the trip, I'm already dreading the packing. Emirates airlines has a smaller baggage allowance than British Airways did last year so that means I'll be packing, repacking, and packing again trying to fit everything we need into just 8 suitcases and 4 carry ons.
We are looking forward to our layover a bit more than last year. If you remember, we had to spend the night in a coffee shop in Heathrow with two sick children and no sleep before our final 10 hour flight home last year. (you can read about that adventure here) This year, we are flying into Dubai, where the airline will put us up at a tiny hotel during our 21 hour layover. I know that's a long layover, but it's better than waiting it out in the airport clutching our luggage and keeping our young children amused.
Brandon just found out that because of the timing of our trip, he is going to miss the last few days of preschool, including his preschool graduation. This is apparently a really big deal as he watched his cousin graduate from Preschool last year and has really been looking forward to his turn. I'm going to have to talk to the director and see if we can borrow the cap and gown for some photos before we leave. We have more than enough family in Zambia to stage a graduation for him once we get to Zambia. That should be fun for everyone. He did tell me that Zambia was more important to him than preschool, so it seems like he will get used to the idea pretty easily.
We still have a long way to go in able to reach our fundraising goal. We have raised $5,300 of our $12,000 goal. We have already spend $6049.20 Yes, we have spent more than we have raised, and yes, that makes us really nervous. I just keep repeating Proverbs 3:5-6 to myself. It will happen. I know it will. If you know of a way to help, or are willing to make a donation of any amount, we would really appreciate it! Online donations can be made directly through our fundraising page.