We Have Arrived

Redeye Sunrise

We arrived safely in Honduras yesterday morning! Our flight got in about 9:30am and Tristan and Beth picked us up from the airport in Tegucigalpa.

One Last BIG Family Dinner

At about 9pm on Thursday night we headed to SFO with most of our extended family and two pickup trucks full of luggage, five backpacks, five carryons, and five pillows. I don’t know how we would have checked all of our bags without the help of our family (and one of Shane’s former coworkers)! It was a circus, but you had to just laugh. What can you do? The first Avianca attendant we saw said “Are you moving in?” Yes sir, how could you tell? Praise the Lord we got the sweetest lady to check us in for our flight. She said, “Don’t worry, I’m going to make this as easy for both of us as possible.” Whew! Even still, it took about an hour to check in.

Grandparents, aunts, and uncles came with us all the way to security. Veronica (Shane’s brother Lake’s girlfriend) had the sweetest idea to make us a box with cards that our family wrote to us so that we can read them when we get homesick. Lots of tears and lots of hugs were shared as we said “See you later” to our biggest support system. We will all miss each other so much!

The flight went as well as it could with 3 small children in tow. Cole slept the whole 5 hours from SFO to San Salvador (which is all that matters, right?). Shasta had some tummy issues, but overall it was fine. We were late landing in San Salvador with what should have been a 30 minute layover. Fortunately one of the nice staff took us on a golf cart to our gate which was at the opposite end of the airport. I think they were waiting for us because as soon as we sat down the plane took off! I looked at Shane and said “There’s no way any of our luggage made it with us!” Well they must have had some luggage ninjas because we landed in Teguc and 8 pieces made it as well. Customs was no problem, and the lady at Avianca’s “lost luggage” counter was optimistic that our 13 other bags would arrive on the 3 pm flight. Yes, you did the math correctly. We ended up with 21 checked bags.


Since we were in the capital and the day was young, Shane and Tristan stayed in town to shop for a vehicle. Beth and I took the kids to El Ayudante to start getting settled. It was so nice to finally be “home” as we were greeted by all of our friends and fellow staff. Zaida made us a yummy lunch and the kids got some rest. It was a rough afternoon for them. Lots of change mixed with emotions and exhaustion produced a lot of tears. “I want to go back.” “I don’t want to live here for two years.” Those were a few of the phrases I heard on repeat. It was sad. I want to paint the picture that everything was great, but I have to be honest too. I know there will be many rough days ahead, and that was just a glimpse. Fortunately, they have had a much better day today after a full night’s sleep and lots of playtime with the Mohagen girls, Maddy and Ali.

Shane and Tristan got a ton of stuff accomplished yesterday – Shane bought us a car! It’s unheard of to fly in and buy a car on the same day – it’s a long process! He bought an ’09 Nissan Pathfinder and we love it. It is the first car that we have ever bought outright (thanks of course to our AMAZING support team). Pretty awesome feeling, and also the weight of a lot of responsibility to spend wisely and get a good deal. They also got us new sim cards with Honduran numbers for our cell phones. After all of that they went back to the airport and by an absolute miracle they were able to pick up the rest of our luggage! 21 suitcases all arrived in the same day. What are the odds?! We are feeling incredibly blessed and fortunate to have everything here.

I think that just about covers it! Long day of travel, but well worth the effort. Thank you so so much to all of you who sent encouraging texts, messages, FB, and IG posts right before we left! We felt so incredibly loved and supported because you thought of us and were praying for us. It was the best, seriously. We love you all so much!

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Blessing, Jess

Caught in a Whirlwind

The last couple of months have been a complete whirlwind. Of activity, emotions, everything. In May we reached 100% of our monthly support just about at the 100 day mark. Then we had the task of raising 100% of our moving costs ($30,000). Since we began our fundraising in February we were only focused on monthly support, but inevitably we were given one-time gifts as well. Without even really trying we had raised $22,000 by the end of May. We weren’t sure at first where the rest of the money would come from, so we waited and prayed. Small amounts trickled in here and there (which really do add up!). Shane’s last day of work was July 10th and a few days before he learned that his coworkers had secretly raised about $7,000!! And just like that we were done. Done worrying. Done stressing. It wasn’t that we didn’t believe that God would provide. We just wanted to know HOW and WHEN! And his timing is perfect. It has been absolutely incredible to see the way that He provides. Always MORE than enough. 

July was spent packing and moving out of our house. We donated A LOT of our belongings. We threw A LOT of stuff away. It was overwhelming and liberating. Once you get rid of the “stuff” you really don’t give it a second thought. It’s just hard letting go. Anything that isn’t coming with us is stored in the rafters of our garage, and we currently have 15 pieces of luggage I believe. I still have more sorting and organizing to do with the luggage. As the time came closer to move out I just started throwing items in suitcases that I’m sure could be packed better. Here are a few pictures of the process.

We also had to re-home our animals. 

Our sweet Bowser Boy went to the family of a friend.

Scooby was fortunate enough that our renters are allowing him to stay. He’s learning to get along with their two dogs, but I’m hopeful that it will work out!

Rocky is living with Shane’s aunt Suzy. I think I will miss him terribly. I never imagined that we wouldn’t have him for his entire life. At first we contemplated taking him with us, but he is getting older and we weren’t sure how he would handle the flight. And from what we’ve heard veterinary care is not easy to come by in Honduras. I have comfort in knowing that Rocky will live like a king at Suzy’s house. He will be loved and spoiled, but we will all miss him so so much. 

The day after we moved out we went on a weeklong camping trip with our family and friends. More on that coming soon!

Thanks for reading! We appreciate you! Love, Shane & Jess 💗