If you are keeping up with our story, you know that we are not in Cape Town any longer! Sunday we got on a flight from Cape Town back to Johannesburg to prepare for Palesa’s exit interview.
Palesa steals the show wherever she goes! People just flock to her, and she loves the attention!
We gained a bit of extra luggage along the way. Thanks, Daddy, for carrying all the stuff for your girls!
We checked in back with our previous host family that we stayed with initially. It was so great to get back to familiar settings instead of having to stay somewhere new!
Monday was a day to waste, so we met up with our friends at Montecasino. This place is like a mall and casino all in one, designed like an indoor city. I’ve never been to Vegas, but we were told it’s like a mini version.
Outside there was a Bird garden, so we checked it out.
We enetered just as they were starting a bird show, so that was fun!
After that we walked around the gardens and looked at all the unique birds.
There we were so many more cool birds and then reptiles including some ginormous scary snakes and really cool lizards. We didn’t bring our good camera, so we didn’t take many pictures. Quite honestly, we were just kinda touristed out. “Touristed” probably isn’t even a word, but you get what I mean. We were so ready to just get Palesa’s visa and get home.
Tuesday was the day we got to get Palesa’s visa! We went to a mall right across the street from the embassy in the morning so that we wouldn’t be stressed in traffic and could make sure to be there right away when they opened at 1pm. We did get in right away, but with these kinds of things we have learned to prepare the whole afternoon for waiting – meaning lots of snacks! And today was no different. The interview process took about ten minutes and then we had to wait about two hours for them the print her visa. But we weren’t leaving that embassy without her visa! We finally got it, just in time to leave around 5pm and get stuck in traffic for an hour. But we didn’t care, we had it and that meant we are free to fly HOME!
On our last night in Johannesburg, we were privileged to be a part of a marriage small group that our host family is leading. It is basically a date night with a candlelight dinner, delicious dessert and a great message on marriage. The lesson this week happened to be on forgiveness. And that was absolutely perfect. Because as many of you can imagine, after spending 5 weeks together nonstop with a two-year-old and literally not being out of sight of each other out of fear for our safety, we were starting to feel a little smothered. And when we do that, we get crabby and snotty . So last night was a great way to talk through that, ask for forgiveness, forgive each other, and reconnect with strength in the Lord before we come home and unite as a family of five!
Today (Wednesday), we fly out at 7:55 pm with a 16 hour flight ahead before a 4 hour layover, then another 3 hour flight, and then a four hour drive to our boys. Please pray for safety and perseverance for us as we get us and our little girl through all that. We can’t wait to be home!