Thirty three days in India, twenty seven hours of travel home, one tortuous 15 hour flight, navigating through four airports with one toddler, carrying two loaded backpacks including 21 matchbox cars (which caused extra scanning in every airport), atleast 6 caffeinated beverages, 10 trips to the airplane potty, one accident before reaching the potty and mommy … More Home Sweet Home
I’m sitting up tonight thinking about every amazing detail of this week. I wish I had the time to share every detail, but it’s just too much. The bone marrow draw was successful Tuesday morning. Due to Sameer’s small size, the doctors were more limited in the amount they were allowed to draw. Immediately after the procedure, Dr. Raj briefly … More Product Arrived!
The last few days have been spent relaxing and getting to know each other better. Sightseeing included a local mall, a science center, Elliot’s beach and the Chennai zoo. Their second beach experience. 3D Cinema: Silas was not impressed! Lunch time at the zoo! Sari shopping at a local market. The fabrics were gorgeous! Khaleda’s … More Procedure Approved!
I’m sorry there has been a delay in my blog posts. It has been an adjustment on many levels. Mike and Lauren are gone now, and Silas is regularly asking for his daddy. They did arrive home safely so we are thankful. What did we do before we had apps like FlightAware? It is just unbelievable that … More Our Blended Family
At 9:00am, we headed back to the airport once more. Along the way, we strategized our next move if this was another failed attempt, and Andy gently reminded me of God’s grace, mercy and that it is His plan not mine. Thank you, Andy! The immensity of this project continues to overwhelm me. Many of you continue to … More The best things in life aren’t easy!
It’s 1:30am and I just returned from the airport. Early in the day, we received confirmation that the family boarded their first flight to New Delhi. During two of my visits to the Air India office, I confirmed a wheelchair assistance for the family. Not for health reasons but this was the only way to … More Emotional Abyss
I’m sad to say that our second attempt for Khaleda’s family to travel to Chennai was unsuccessful. Evidently, there was an issue with her brother’s visa which has since been resolved with the Indian Embassy. Unfortunately, this delays our efforts for two more days at minimum. The hospital here has been extremely accommodating, and everyone … More Second Attempt – Failed
We arrived in Chennai late Sunday night. Our apartment here is very comfortable, and we can see the Bay of Bengal from our balcony. Andy and Joyce, our dear friends, arrived on Monday. Our initial visit to the Datri office was successful. We spent time with Raghu the gentleman responsible for this organization in … More Chennai
Sunday morning we attended church in “the pink city” – Jaipur. It was a true blessing to each of us. Hearing familiar hymns in another language was beautiful and moving. Chennai marks the last leg of our journey. When we google the temperature in Chennai it says “91 degrees but feels like 108 degrees.” We arrive there late Sunday night. Yikes – we aren’t sure … More Jaipur – “The Pink City”
Today, we were informed that our first appointment at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai will be October 9th. We are working to book flights for Khaleda’s family today. The first appointment will consist of a comprehensive health evaluation and blood work for her 5 year old brother to confirm he is healthy enough to donate … More First Appointment scheduled in Chennai