We were scheduled to depart Grand Rapids, Michigan at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2009. We turned up at the airport plenty early and checked in our luggage. All of them came in under the 50 pound limit each. We figured it's probably a good thing they didn't weigh our hand luggage!
Sharon at 6:00 am -- not bad, hey?!
Many turned up to bid their final farewells. It was a big send-off, and a moment we'll remember and cherish.
Someone even came in a wheelchair to say his good-byes. What a valiant effort! We appreciate it! :-)
And so finally, after six months of preparation for the work of missions in the Philippines (which included missions courses, reading in missions, and beginning to learn Tagalog), we were on our way to our new home in the Philippines.