All our bags are packed, and ready to go…

… NOT.

You’re not kiddin.

Folks, we leave for three weeks in Italy, Greece, and Turkey in two days and have yet to truly pack. I fear it’s going to be a miracle at this point to make the plane. But Oh, we will- if we have to sprint to catch it, we will.

We are so excited about our journey, but truth be told…. I think it has yet to hit us. I just went to to check the forecast for Rome.


I’m looking up the weather in a city thousands of miles away, and somehow it just hasn’t sunk in that we will actually be there. The Colosseum, the Trevi fountain…. three coins in a fountain and all that jazz.

It truly is a shame, because sometimes I think the anticipation before a big trip can be the best part.

I’m just now starting to daydream about the adventure ahead: things I cannot wait to see either again, or for the first time… like the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, The Isle of Patmos, Crete, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Thessaloniki…. Santorini! (OK, now it’s sinking in.)

We’ll be keeping you updated as we travel. But I don’t know if we’ll be able to update as often as we did in Israel and Egypt. We’re not quite sure what the Internet arrangements are going to be over there, and we won’t know until we get there.

One small request, if you wouldn’t mind keeping us in your prayers for safe travel- I would greatly appreciate it. I wouldn’t say I am afraid to fly, but in recent years- I’ve found it makes me, well, tense. (Who me?)

Just pray that everyone on our trip makes it there safely, luggage in tact- and has a safe, healthy, and happy experience as we travel together, following in the steps of Paul on his second missionary journey. There is so much for us to see and learn- pray that our hearts and minds be opened to what God wishes to reveal to us.

Love to you all!

‘Ciao’ and ‘OPA!’ (I don’t know any Turkish…)