Checking In…


…live from the Brussels airport, and there is nary a sprout to be seen.

Get it?  Brussels?  Sprout? 

Ah, the jet-lagged humor.  It’s the wee hours of the a.m. by my body clock, but here it’s mid-morning.  There are way too many well-rested Europeans walking about, while I feel (and look) like toast.  (Although, in a stroke of mercy and goodness that had to come from the hand of God Himself, Sophie and I each got our own ROW in the flight here.)

Our flight to Kenya (and then on to Uganda) is more or less on schedule–we’ll be departing in a couple of hours.  And I have an appointment with a very strong sleeping pill. 

Our team is fantastic, the flying anxiety is minimal, and God is very, very good.


Oh, by the way, I keep forgetting to tell you–if you’re interested in helping us spread the word about Compassion, our team would be ever-so-obliged if you bloggers would consider putting this code in your sidebar during our trip.  It will link directly to Compassion.  And I’m all twitchy at the mere thought of asking for a link, but it’s not for me–it’s for those kids.  Anyhoo, here’s the code:

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52 thoughts on “Checking In…

  1. TransitionGirl says:

    added code. A tip to get over jet lag faster, don’t sleep during the day. Even if you’re totally exhausted, force yourself to keep going until bedtime at night. it hurts the first 2 days but it cuts down your jet lag recovery by a lot. 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    Glad to hear your travels are going well so far. I hope your other flights are comfortable too! I will add the code also. God bless!

  3. pam says:

    Prayed for you already this morning. My heart is full just thinking about God’s plan for this trip.
    “Sprouts” — totally what I was thinking too! Great minds think alike. Loved Shaun’s post about the “geeks” too. I’m sure he was NOT talking about you or Sophie. at. all. : )

  4. Pamela says:

    It is so exciting to be able to read posts along the way from you and Shaun and Sophie, Chicago, then Brussels, and maybe Kenya (though wireless at the airport there, maybe not so sure?).
    God can even work through technology!

  5. Jenni says:

    But what about waffles? Did you at least see any of those?
    har. har.
    I just put the link in my sidebar, and I’ll be putting a post up explaining it soon.
    So glad to be a part of your journey, in spirit!

  6. Liza's Eyeview says:

    will definitely put that COMPASSION UGANDA button on my sidebar.
    Glad to hear how the Lord is answering our prayers in big ways as well as small ways – like in “a row of your own” – wonderful!

  7. Ann Kroeker says:

    Bonjour! Hope you enjoyed Brussels for the short time you sojourned there. Did you find good coffee? A chocolate “praline”? (Be sure to track down a couple of those on your way back, if you didn’t–they’re delicious chocolates filled with yummy stuff.) How about a Belgian waffle? And Belgium is famous for its “frites”–you order them with special sauces to dip. Mmm….Oh, and they have wonderful chocolate croissants, too, though the ones in the airport might not be as perfect as those at the bread stores…
    Okay, obviously I’m missing Belgium.
    So. I hope you were nourished before heading out to your primary destination. You will be such a blessing. I hope you can capture the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and stories for us. It’s tough to live vicariously, but they have chosen some outstanding writers to do the work.
    Live it…write it.
    Because we’ll certainly *read* it!

  8. Megan says:

    Got the code and wanted to tell you that you, specifically, have been coming to mind a lot the past two days and I’ve prayed accordingly for you, your trip, and your family.
    This doesn’t happen that often, so I’m heeding it. Godspeed.

  9. Stephanie (PurdueLiz) says:

    Well good gravy, I figured out how to add the silly code. (A savvy blogger, I am NOT!)
    Had to chuckle at the sprouts comment. Took me a moment to figure out why you were talking about bean sprouts. Oooohhhh, cause you’re not, you’re talking Brussel sprouts.
    Hope you catch some sleep. Glad the flying is going well.

  10. Bitsy says:

    Great to hear from you so soon. I will check out all the others for their comments. I have a blog on my page asking for others to say a little prayer for your group! Enjoy the journey ~ stay safe and healthy. In my prayers, Bitsy

  11. LeeAnn says:

    Not only do those Europeans look well rested, but they also look so darn European! (That is a good thing BTW!)
    Anyway- added the code and keeping you all in my prayers!

  12. mimi says:

    Shannon, what a wonderful thing you are doing with Compassion. I added the code to my blog and will be praying for you and the Compassion team.

  13. Bonnie says:

    Hi Shannon – I found your blog through Carla Stewart’s, and what you are doing interested me so much that I’ve posted about it on my blog. I hope your trip goes well and will keep you in my prayers. Drinking lots helps with the jet lag too. Blessings!

  14. momrn2 says:

    Once again, I am so excited for you and this fabulous opportunity!!! Trusting you all find a bit of good rest in the very near future!!
    Adding the code and continuing in prayer!!

  15. jen says:

    Oh, yay! I’m so excited for this journey…and of course I was thrilled to add the banner! Compassion is a great organization. :)Godspeed!

  16. dana says:

    That is so cool about the full row to yourselves!!! (is that a word?)
    Hope the rest of your flight goes well. We can’t wait to get more updates!!!
    God bless you and your entire team Shannon!

  17. Jenny says:

    I’m going to add the code when I get home and my daughter can help!! Just joking, sorta! I can’t wait to read about your trip I followed a link from BooMama and had never been to your site before.
    Have a great flight.

  18. PollyS says:

    Saw your pic on Boomama. You are so skinny! You need to post pictures of yourself more often!
    Also, got you in my prayers. I’m praying that you are able to get some good, quality sleep on your trip. I’ve read of your battles with sleep. And oh dear, can an international flight mess with you! I was so sick after a 3 week trip to Europe. I pray you are good as gold during and after your trip.
    In His might grip,

  19. Ellen says:

    Is it possible for a small group to “adopt” a village? Say, in our small homeschooling group, no one could afford to sponsor a child. Could we send books, toiletries, etc. to a specific village as a group?
    Ellen in Texas

  20. Linda Sue says:

    Added the code to my blog and Shaun had a bigger one for FaceBook too! How wonderful this is – I’m a Texas gal so you are almost a neighbor (in a truly Western way).

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