The Abraham Family’s Journey to Russia to Bring Home Their Daughter

November 29, 2008

Nothing like having a smoke detector for an alarm clock!

I know I said that my next post would be from Novo, but I forgot about the 6 hour layover in Chicago. We had a rough start to our trip this morning so I thought I'd take this opportunity to blog about it.

The title of this post comes from the fact that we almost over slept this morning. Thanks to the smoke detector going off in our bedroom, we barely made it to the airport on time. Neither Martin or I thought to set a real alarm clock. But at 6:10 am the smoke detector's shrill alarm jolted us (and everyone else in the house - sorry, Devon) wide awake. My heart was racing thinking there's no way our house could be on fire the day we had to leave for Russia! It turned out to be a dead battery. Whew!

The bad news is that we only had about 45 minutes before we had to leave for the airport and we both needed showers (sorry if TMI) and we had to load the car, hugs boys good-bye, etc., etc. Martin said God was looking out for us by making that alarm go off and he credits Gary Voorhies for praying for our trip! Thanks Mr. Gary!

The crazy thing is that I worked up such a sweat rushing around the house that when I got in the car to leave, the windows were steaming up. Seriously. It wasn't until we were going through security that I noticed that I forgot my coat and boots! Yikes, I am going to Siberia in the middle of winter with NO COAT or SNOW BOOTS! Surely they sell warm coats there, right? I hope so...

The other thing that made it so hard to leave this morning is that Liam woke up with a terrible sore throat. I gave him some Motrin which usually works pretty quick, but he was curled up in our bed crying and didn't want me to leave him. Just tear my heart out with a pitch fork, it would be less painful. Fortunately, when I called home, he was running around and playing.

Let's hope that a rough start means smooth sailing from here on out!

15 comments:

Jackie said...

Ack! No coat or snow boots!! Let us know where you find them.... Can't wait to hear about your time in region, and I hope Liam feels better soon! He's got to enjoy his trip to Russia too!

thresa said...

Hey Kim,
I am so excited for your family.
I can't wait to see your new little girl!
Funny how God woke you guys up this morning. What would we do without HIM!
Have a great trip. I can't wait to read your next blog!

thresa said...

Hey Kim,
I am so excited for your family.
I can't wait to see your new little girl!
Funny how God woke you guys up this morning. What would we do without HIM!
Have a great trip. I can't wait to read your next blog!

Amy said...

OMG KIM!!!! So glad that the smoke detector woke you all up. Could you imagine if it didn't? YIKES!!! And double YIKES not having boots or a heavy coat! Things should be smooth sailing here on out. Can't wait to see pictures. And glad to hear Liam was feeling better.

tammy said...

wow! what a way to start off the trip! i'm sooo glad the smoke detector went off. phew! i am so glad you are posting during your trip. i will anxiously await news. best of luck!

Melissa said...

What a start to your trip! Hopefully everything will be smooth sailing from here on out. Let us know. Keep us updated. I'm really curious to know what you brought with you. I have no idea what I'll have to bring.
Melissa

Carey and Norman said...

Thank goodness for unexpected miracles. Sorry you had to leave in a rush and with a sick child at home. I know how hard that must have been. We'll pray for your trip to Russia and your children at home waiting to travel until after court.

Safe travels!

Katie Horner said...

Let the adventures begin. I can't count how many times we said our Russia trips were like an episode of "Amazing Race".

Troy and Rachel said...

Oh my - what a start. Thank goodness for the fire alarm! I hope Liam is feeling better and that you are able to buy a warm coat and boots soon!

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gary said...

Well, thank goodness for that smoke alarm. The good Lord wasn't going to let you miss that flight! The boys were doing great today at church, including Liam. All is well here. You guys be careful in the snow there.

Nichole said...

Wow, what a rough start to your trip! Glad you got to hear that your son was feeling better before your long flight. I pray the rest of your trip goes much smoother. Praise God for dead batteries!

Tina said...

Praise the Lord ... He is awesome! and forgetting your coat and boots... come on, you know you just wanted to get something stylish over there!!! =) heehee! Looking forward to watching the boys on Wednesday!

Old DAN AND Little ANN said...

Ah man. I would have been so stressed. I know that your Russian hosts will waste no time seeing to it that you have a coat. Be sure to explain why you don't have it or they will question your sanity! ;) We'll be praying for you today.