Monday, September 17, 2007

Blast Off

We created a count down leading up to our departure for America. This was to help eliminate the daily question of “how many more sleeps until we go to America” from my very anxious kiddos. Well in their excitement the count down went askew and we’ve been down to one day til departure for 4 days now. Finally this morning they could tear of the #1 revealing the last card which reads, “Blast Off”. They are pumped as am I!

We enter the friendly skies at 6 p.m. Joburg time (noonish for most of you) and remain there for 18 hours. Lord help me! So as you are eating lunch, a prayer for peace, rest and sanity on our behalf would be much appreciated.

Tuesday we will touch down and I will set foot in the same country as most of you…how exciting. I’ll be sure to toast the occasion with a Starbucks latte.

I plan to blog my America adventures as time allows as well as check in with my blog friends via your blogs (and a few of you in person—yea!). It might be a bit sporadic but know I am around and for a few weeks an ocean closer!

27 comments:

Penless Thoughts said...

YEAH!!! I love the picture of your baby in the suitcase. 18 hour trip...on my, I will be praying for you. I will be in touch later.
((hugs))
Susan

sarah said...

Safe and sane travels to you! If you have any tips or pearls of wisdom to share as we'll be making the trip in about 2 months with a 9 month old they would be most welcome! (Jana already says drugs work wonders! :)) Have a wonderful time!

Lisa H said...

Wow-18 hours! I'll sure be praying for you today! That could be a grueling flight WITHOUT kids! :)

Hope you have a wonderful trip!

Just Mom said...

Praying for safe -- and sane -- journeys for you and your family. Wish you had time to visit So Dak. Maybe one day, huh?

gaylafriend said...

you know you'll be in my prayers! is one leg of the flight 18 hours, or the whole trip? my trip to oz last summer was 32 hours all up, so you know you have my sympathy!!!

Teresa said...

I am feeling great excitement for you today! I will definitely pray for your travel. God bless!

nickernoodle said...

Oh how I wish that you could come to SD. I would love to meet you in person but I pray for safe travels, patient children, and a HUGE bottle of aspirin for you. Good luck dear friend!!!

Karenkool said...

Woohoo! Welcome back and I have a feeling it'll be a great trip for you. Hope so anyway.

Tami said...

Have a safe trip. I can't wait to hear/read all that you get to do. I hope your first thing will be taking a nap. Tee-Hee!

~Ginger said...

Always in my prayers my friend! Can't wait to hear about your travels. Give our Tulsa friend a HUGE hug :) If I can't meet her I'm so thankful you can.

Dawnelle said...

Wow! I hope you have a wonderful trip and that everyone stays healthy and travels well!

Heidi Jo said...

happy travelling! i am so excited for you and your family. enjoy your time.

rachel said...

Welcome back to the states! We've missed you. :) I'll certainly lift you all up in regards to your 18 hour flight. If it weren't for Global Expeditions, I'd have no way of relating. Enjoy your time stateside.

nickernoodle said...

WELCOME BACK TO THE GOOD OL USA!!!! Hope your flight was well and you enjoy your time in the states!

Beth said...

Welcome Home!! I guess by this time you have arrived. Hope your trip is wonderful!! : )

nickernoodle said...

I nominated you for an award on my blog. Check it out!!!

Lori said...

Safe travels to you. Enjoy your time in the states.

inspired said...

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CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I pray for you and your family to have a safe and very enjoyable trip. connie from Texas

michelle a said...

Welcome back to the USA Franzen fam! I hope you have a blessed trip and really enjoy your time here. Let us know if you're anywhere close to Denver area! We'd love to see you!

Pam said...

This is my first visit to your blog. I came from Penless Writer's blog and so glad I did! What sweet looking children you have! And my heart could feel your excitement about your trip back to the USA. My sister and her family have been missionaries in Venezuela for years. Now her oldest daughter and her family are serving the Lord in Paraguay. Your post reminded me of times I would get so excited just knowing my sis was headed our way with all her sweet bundles. I know your relatives and friends have felt the same excitement this week. God bless you all and stay safe!

Penless Thoughts said...

I know you won't be home for awhile but I passed on a very important award to you. I hope you'll pass it on when you get home and can. SOOOO enjoyed the time with you. You touched my heart!!!
Susan

nickernoodle said...

When are you coming back to blogging? I miss you!!!!! :(

Carin said...

I saw the award that was given to you by penless writer and decided to visit your blog. I enjoyed our photos and to read about your ministry in South Africa. I used to live in South Africa. I would like to visit your blog again so i am going to add you to my blog friends list. I hope you had a wonderful time back home in the USA

Heidi Jo said...

i check frequently hoping to see an update of your american travels...but i always smile when tori's sweet face pops up- because i am proud of you for enjoying this time without the hassle of blogging too! you deserve it.

so i'm commenting just to tell you that even though i miss you and your words, i am thrilled that you are not posting for good reason.

Karen said...

I was very impacted by Susan (Penless Thoughts) sharing about you, so thought I would pop over and visit. Look forward to hearing more about your ministry and what is happening in your life. Your children are truly beautiful!!!

Penless Thoughts said...

On I'm so delighted to hear from you!!! E-mail me when we can "talk"!!
Blessings, hugs and love,
Susan