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December 29, 2011

Friday we received the necessary paperwork to go to Solomons.  Over the weekend we looked at plane tickets, and yesterday we bought them!  We leave Sunday, January 8. That’s just 10 days from now.  One of our friends began his countdown 100 days before he went overseas. Our countdown will be much shorter.

We’d been discussing whether to have the baby here or in Australia and have decided to come back here.  We plan to return to Iowa on April 3, about a month before the baby is due.  So we’ll be in Solomons for about three months this first time.  (For you who were curious, this baby would not be an Australian citizen if we had him/her in Australia.)

Our flight schedule is:
1. Leave Chicago at 4:40 PM on January 8. Layover in Los Angeles.
2. Leave LA 9:30 PM, arrive in Fiji 5:15 AM on January 10. The flight is almost 11 hours long, plus we cross several time zones and the International Date Line.  The time difference between here and there will take some getting used to.  (Jaclyn, if you’re reading this, sorry for missing your birthday on January 9.)
3. Fly about 2 hours from Fiji to Vanuatu.
4. Fly 2 more hours from Vanuatu to Solomon Islands.  Arrive in the capital at 11:10 AM on January 10.

We should arrive in Solomon Islands 25 1/2 hours after we leave Chicago.

Here’s a map:

Thanks to all of you who have given advice on flying with toddlers or while pregnant.  We’re taking more suggestions!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 30, 2011 12:11 am

    Wohoo! Good luck!

  2. Jaclyn permalink
    December 30, 2011 8:53 pm

    WOAH! Super exciting! And I feel honored that you remembered it was my birthday on the 9th. 🙂 But, it’s not that big of a deal, so feel free to just bypass the day. Nice of me to give you permission, right? So crazy that you can just, literally, fly through a day!

  3. Marv Sauder permalink
    January 3, 2012 7:24 pm

    Yippe!! We are so excited for you guys and thanks for sharing this map. Enjoy these next days with your family and loved ones as you do the final preparations.We will be praying for a safe trip. Love, Marv & Mary

  4. Amy Devanney permalink
    January 7, 2012 3:54 pm

    Interesting! My church has mission trips to Vanuatu because my minister and her husband had done missionary work there years ago. Her husband is the liason from PCUSA in Vanuatu so he goes there fairly frequently. I almost went on one of the mission trips but decided against it at the time. I hope to go one day when Ava is older. You’ll be in my prayers. Amy Devanney


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