Dec 9, 2011

We are almost there, the little blue map on the seat back infront of me shows us over land, with two hours to go. As the story goes, we boarded our 9:15pm flight at 9:30pm and did not take off until 11:00pm. The flight is full, I

We are almost there, the little blue map on the seat back infront of me shows us over land, with two hours to go. As the story goes, we boarded our 9:15pm flight at 9:30pm and did not take off until 11:00pm. The flight is full, I
am ready to get there for sure. I had a tiny emotional moment, as the plane was taxing to the runway, I felt this huge cry coming on. I closed my eyes and asked an Angel to hold my hand, I prayed and closed my eyes and settled myself into my seat. I was thinking a million things: how I met Renee, how much love and support I've had along this journey, how I want to leave a little piece of Elena with the children, writing, what I am going to eat while I am there.....it was like having a movie in my head going 100MPH. Being so close to what started by a simple Google search at the end of May, got my heart racing.

My parents are with me on this journey, one of the major reasons I am on this flight headed to Accra is because of them. My Mom would be so proud and oh so supportive, she is from Iowa, like Renee. My Mother, JoAnn Catherine, was kind, caring, fun, she was the Kool Aid mom, all the kids always at our house after school, she was the Mom that took us to the roller rink in the Canal Zone in Panama on Friday nights. I know I am being guided by her to love these children who have no Moms , these children who want what all children do, parents that love and care for their children. My Mom died shy of her 46 birthday and I had a huge hole in my heart for a long long time. I know these children are going to flood my heart with love, with a joy tsunami. My DAD would advise me to be careful, he would have provided counsel on all the shots and Malaria pills, he would have listened to the excitement in my heart, he would ask all the questions about safety, transportation, and once he had all the facts, he would give all his support and love. One of the foundations of who I am, my wonderful, loving, nurturing parents. Mom and Dad as you watch me from Heaven, I promise I will make you both proud. Sorry for getting all emotional, I have had some of my best cries on airplanes.

On a lighter note, we just got served breakfast, a roll with scrambled eggs, and Cindy, the gentleman sitting next to me had a Corona with his eggs because right now it is indeed 12:17pm in Accra.

THANKS FOR ALL THE PHONE CALLS YESTERDAY, FOR THE MESSAGES, FOR THE EMAILS....EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IS WITH ME AS STEP OF THE PLANE AND DIVE INTO THE DEEP END OF THE POOL WITH THE MAWUVIOS CHILDREN.

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