I couldn't sleep well the night before, waking up about once an hour and then for good at 4:30 even though my alarm was set for 5. I woke the kids up and got them dressed. They were so excited. Raquel had been making little presents and had a bag full of necklaces and little toys ready to give to all the kids she had seen in the pictures and heard about from Dylan. Gideon was over the moon excited to go on a 'trip airplane', so they were incredibly well behaved and cooperative as we set out for MAF at 5:30.
We spent about half an hour in the waiting room watching the pilot do his check on the plane, making sure everything was in working order (I was thankful for that:)
While we were there, Dylan called me from the satellite phone to ask what was going on. When I told him, he said the clouds were gone there, so we should be fine coming back.
Back on the plane and the boys were kind of losing it, but suddenly, Roman laid his head down and went to sleep on me and Gideon put his jacket over his head and fell asleep. Thank you Lord!
The pen marks are from an earlier attempt to let him draw in a notebook from my purse. His legs and shorts turned out to be a more delightful medium on which to practice his art than silly old paper.
As we got closer, I could see the airstrip then we touched down and taxied past our house on the right continuing up to the top of the airstrip where crowds of people were gathered on either side, chanting and dancing and waving. It was an amazing experience. We waited for Mike to open the doors and then the people were there. They helped Gideon and Raquel out and I handed Roman to someone while I moved the seat up to get out. There were people there right away shaking my hand and saying the greeting of wa wa wa wa. I recognized some from pictures and just wanted to hug them all (by this time I was crying (and I'm not a crier!), so overwhelmed and happy to finally be there.As I was walking around the plane to find the kids and Dylan, ladies kept coming up to me and putting necklaces around my neck, shaking my hand and trying to do the knuckle snap thing they do, which I cannot do, but I tried:)
After shaking hundreds of hands, smiling a lot:), we headed down to look at the house (Dylan had taken this pic that morning)
Miniature bow and arrows- I think they are made by Mattel:)