After a trip back to Oklahoma for a few days, we have a lot to be Thankful for! Yes, we celebrated Thanksgiving and that always helps people be thankful.  But I'm in a state of shock at how blessed we are!   A huge thank you to the amazing women who threw us our shower.  We had a blast!  I'm so thankful for the friends and family who are pouring blessings and prayers over our little one.  

A huge thank you to our friends and family for gifts to our baby girl.  I can't believe how much she already has and she won't be here for three more months!! We were very blessed with all our friends and family have given us. We've been getting lots of stuff in the mail everyday for her! So much fun!!   

A huge thank you to my brother & sis-in-law.  They gave us bags and bags of clothes!!! Our niece will be 10 months older than our baby, so she'll be outgrowing clothes as we are ready for them.  Couldn't be better timing :) Thankfully Taelyn is a spoiled little thing with tons of cute clothes!!!  

A huge thank you to Marty & Nancy for doggie sitting our first born! The hard part about going to visit OK is having to leave the pup behind, and we're so thankful for people willing to take in the famous Jack Bauer James. 

An extremely huge thank you to Lee Jackson.  Our trip to OK wouldn't have been possible without the huge blessing from him.  We met Lee on our trip to Israel this summer, and had a great time getting to know him and his son Wes.  When we were stranded in Atlanta after Israel and disappointed that we were going to miss a couple extra days with family, he promised to help get us home at Thanksgiving.  And he totally followed through! What a great guy!! Lee, it was great to see you! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!  

In the words of my mother-in-law....I'M FILLED :)


Israel: Getting there

ISRAEL -- The FlightMonday, June 1st

Our travels began at 3pm as we arrived at the huge Oklahoma City International Airport.  All 20 Gates of it.  Our flight was at 5:15, but we arrived early just to make sure we get everyone checked in on time.  We were all good after a little struggle with Efren, my Venezuelan brother-in-law.  Luckily they decided to let him out of the country so we were all good to go! The flight from OKC to Atlanta was basically uneventful, other than the fact the airlines didn’t even seat the couples together so most of our group was randomly spread throughout the plane.  Odd.  Atlanta arrives and we begin to brace ourselves for the long flight over to Tel Aviv, Israel.  I was actually pleasantly surprised to find out the flight was (only) 12 hours.  For some reason I had 16 hours in my mind so a few hours shorter than I expected was great!

Well it was finally time to board the long awaited flight and off we go.  I’ll never understand why they make you walk through First Class to get to the cheap seats.  Are they just trying to rub it in that some of us can’t afford that? Yes, I would like a recliner for my 12 hour flight.  Thanks.  But nope, we’re jammed in a row with an old lady who won’t move to the empty seat next to her husband across the row to give us more room.  So my poor husband that can’t sleep in moving vehicles is stuck wide awake sitting straight up with about 5 inches of leg room.  Good times.  We played some inflight trivial pursuit (thanks Delta, I was impressed with that one), watched a couple movies, and I tried to sleep as much as possible.  Brook was kind enough to roam around the plane for a couple hours and let me spread out a bit and get some rest.  Before we knew it, it was 5:30 pm in Tel Aviv and we were landing!!!

ISRAEL -- The Arrival Tuesday, June 2nd

We arrive in Israel!!! We’ve been looking forward to this trip for a while now, and we are all very anxious and excited for what is to come over the next two weeks.  We make our way through customs. Again, Efren holds us up but they let him in the country and we’re all set! We loaded up on our bus to head to the hotel, but of course it’s 2 hours away. We met Abraham.  Our tour guide.  This guy is outstanding.  For some reason I’d pictured in my mind this old dude with no sense of humor and boring.  Abraham is not those things.  He’s hysterical, and his teaching is overwhelming to my brain but very interesting.  He pulls out a huge map of Israel and starts telling us about his land.  This is a good thing for me because I’m not the most “geographic” person and maps help me a lot.

On the bus ride to the hotel it all hit me and became very real.  As we drove down the road and I looked out the window at a sign that said “Nazareth”, I was speechless.  Even though I knew I was coming to this land and had prepared for it, I still had no idea what to expect.  As we drove past Nazareth and Abraham pointed out this city on the hill to us, I was extremely overtaken by the life that Jesus had lived.  And here I was, about to walk where he walked.  To experience his land and see first hand the place that his ministry took place.  It’s simply overwhelming and I couldn’t wait to get started!

Arrived in Israel!


home sweet home!

We finally arrived in Orange County late last night!! The trip was absolutely amazing, and I will get to that soon enough.  All was going great on our trip back to Oklahoma until we landed in Atlanta on Friday morning at 10am.  Our flight was at 1:45, which got delayed.  Then we changed gates.  Then we changes concourses.  Then we changed gates again.  Then we changed gates.  Yeah you get it.  Basically after 8 hours of waiting and being delayed, the flight was canceled.  Everyone scrambled to try to get flights home, and we ended up getting put on a flight out Saturday evening to get home to OK around 9:00pm.  Which meant missing Brook's 10 Year Reunion, missing seeing our family, babies and everything we had planned for the weekend.  We were exhausted, and not thrilled.  Delta ended up putting us up in a hotel and paying for our food.  This was not an easy task and we had to practically beg for them to do anything for us but my wonderful husband got us taken care of. 

We actually ended up getting a flight out earlier in the day on Saturday, and got to Oklahoma around Noon.  My brother and sis-in-law ended up getting to come visit and bring Taelyn. Goodness that girl is cute.

Taelyn Brooke

We got up to go to the airport bright and early Sunday morning and Taylor (Brook's BFF...yup I said bff) stopped by with their new baby boy to see us for a bit before we left. 

Brook & Shepherd

As we got to our gate they were asking for some people to give up their seats to fly out later that day in exchange for 600 bucks a piece in vouchers.  YES PLEASE! So we gladly accepted (I mean why not at this point!?!)

Went and took a much needed nap and got to see Sarah, Brent and sweet baby Braden! Yeah... 3 babies in 2 days.  That helps with baby fever. 

$1600 in Delta flight credit later, we were VERY happy to get home late last night, get our sweet puppy and sleep in our bed!

Thank you for everyone who prayed for our trip, our flights and everything! We had an amazing time and I will begin blogging about it tonight with pictures and stories! Hooray! Stay tuned...