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our flights to Solomons

January 13, 2012

After four flights that spanned 25 hours, we landed in Solomon Islands five minutes early on Tuesday.

My parents drove us from Iowa to Chicago on Sunday. We had plenty of time to spare and had a smooth check-in and goodbyes. The flights went better than we had hoped and were filled with little blessings. First, we found two free luggage carts just sitting near our convenient parking spot in Chicago.

Two totes and one backpack per adult, plus jog stroller

my parents added a few things to our luggage

When we arrived in Los Angeles, we had to exit security and walk to the international terminal. As soon as we entered the huge terminal and were overwhelmed, we saw another Wycliffe family we know who also happened to be on our flights from LA to Solomons! We had to check in again even though we only had carry-ons at that point. It was 11:30pm Central Time, so even our night owl Little D was a wreck at that point. We got to go through the express “traveling with young children” security line. When we got to our gate, we met up with another SITAG member we know from Texas who was on our flights to Solomons.

(Side note: We’ll now be using the abbreviation SITAG a lot. Wycliffe members in Solomon Islands are also SITAG members. It stands for Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group.)

The plane from LA to Fiji was a huge double-decker plane, with two aisles and ten seats per row. Our other flights were on planes with one aisle and six seats per row.

just landed in Fiji

waiting to leave Fiji

During layovers, Little D entertained himself and others by going up and down or back and forth on escalators, steps, and the moving walkways.

More blessings and answered prayers:

  • Little D handled the flights rather well, all things considered, and he slept enough that we also got some sleep and haven’t had much jet lag.
  • The airplane food was pretty good. The flight attendants gave us extra for Little D even though we hadn’t bought a seat for him.
  • Two flights had empty seats, and the attendants let us move so we could have a seat for Little D.
  • The lady sitting by us on our 11-hour flight was a nanny and had a high tolerance for Little D’s wiggling and fussing before he fell asleep.
  • We and the other SITAG family were waiting to get charged a few hundred dollars for our overweight luggage, but we never did! I guess the 2-bag-per-person rule from our Chicago-LA flight must have applied rather than the more restrictive 1-bag-per-person rule from our international airline.
  • Most of our luggage arrived. Our four checked totes arrived with us, but our jog stroller did not. The other family we traveled with is missing a piece of luggage. That airline’s next plane from Fiji to Solomons is tomorrow, so we’ll check at the airport then.

Little D slept from takeoff till landing on our third flight.

Martha, who we traveled with, takes good pictures.

flying over a Pacific island

Solomon Islands

SITAG members welcomed us with smiles, cheers and leis of fresh flowers at the airport in the capital city, Honiara.

my lei

They’re the group with the red and black umbrella in this picture.

welcoming committee

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2012 6:16 am

    YAY!!!!!! Praise God! WOW He was so gracious to you all. We love you and are so happy you made it safely 🙂 Looking forward to pictures from your new home!!!!!

  2. patty permalink
    January 13, 2012 6:33 am

    So thankful you arrived safely! We have been praying earnestly for you…and those prayers will continue.

    Blessings,

    Patty (for the 10 Slagers)

  3. Jaclyn permalink
    January 13, 2012 7:14 am

    Praise the Lord! It’s so great to hear from you and know that you have safely arrived! Thank you for taking the time to write this post, as we’ve been waiting anxiously around here. :). We miss you lots, but are just way too excited that you are right where God wants you. Love you guys!

  4. sravani permalink
    January 13, 2012 9:08 am

    Praise God, thanks for the update, the fresh flowers look very pretty:-)

  5. Tammy permalink
    January 13, 2012 12:17 pm

    Wow!! Praise the Lord you’re there!! I’m so thankful it went well for all three of you. I love how you both are full of gratitude. Continuing to pray for you.

  6. Jim & Kay Havenga permalink
    January 13, 2012 6:36 pm

    Praise the Lord for all the ways he smoothed your path to The Solomons and reminded you of his care!

  7. January 13, 2012 6:39 pm

    We’re so glad you are finally here!

  8. Mom C permalink
    February 4, 2012 3:38 pm

    OK, I didn’t pack the red shoes as “extra”—I thought they were meant to go. And I don’t know anything about the water bottle and holder. The candy–that’s dad. But the puzzle–that’s me. And the tractor, I did know something about that…..
    By the way, on the photo taken on layover, you all look great considering!
    Love!
    Mom

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