February 16, 2016

one long day

The alarm clock went off at 3:30am--the signal to start the day in order to make it to the airport at 5am.

If only we knew we could've slept a little longer because, at the scheduled boarding time, the flight would be delayed for an hour and a half. Of all flights, on the day we were on a tight schedule, it had to be our plane that got the "slowest most thorough maintenance worker" to change a battery the pilot had ever seen.

As soon as the plane took off, and we rose above the blanket of clouds, a most beautiful sunrise greeted us--daring me to believe that, even though we were off to a rocky start, the tightly scheduled day would still work out.

And the rest of the day was a whirlwind lacking in sleep and food, but spinning in decisions and paperwork, one right after the other.

Car rental, house design center, early childhood education tour, elementary school registration, junior high school registration, Eric's first walk through the model home and peek of our land.

Miraculously, and just barely thanks to a nice office worker who unlocked the school door so we could come in, everything on our checklist was completed.

Which left us with an hour to grab a cake and make it for a birthday surprise.

Our time was too short to celebrate her birthday properly, but some minutes was better than no minutes.

We headed back to the airport to catch our flight home. We arrived safely to a house of sleeping children just before midnight.