Friday, June 13, 2014

Travel and graduation

We're home. Our vacation was wonderful! I think I'll have time to write about it, since we're done with school and into summertime now. So, I'll give you all the details, and maybe you'll feel like you get to experience a bit of our vacation right along with us.

We had never done something like this before: not the long-distance travel without Will, not a family vacation. I mentioned that we used to have to travel to renew documents often. Changes in the laws make it so that we don't have to do that any more, which is nice, but we've also actually missed those trips. This turned out to be much nicer, though.

I don't have any photos from the first part of the trip, because the camera was with Will. It was all pretty simple, just very l-o-n-g. We went from here to Odessa on a bus, transferred from the bus station to the train station, ate at McDonald's, and got on our train. No one slept very well, but the train did cool off once we got going, which was an answer to specific prayer. At about 6:00 the next morning, we had an avalanche of people, as Bogdan somehow fell over my legs and onto the floor (landing hard on his poor head), Raia jumped from the top bunk in her sleep to help him, and Jaan tried to catch her--also while he was asleep. Once we got that straightened out, we noticed that we could already see the mountains off in the distance. The rest of the trip was full of oohing and awing over the beauty and the mountains... and the tunnels through the mountains!

We got to Svalyava (there's an active stork nest over the station there!), said goodbye to our new train friends, met up with new Agape friends, and were taken to Polyana, where Will was waiting for us. Late lunch, naps for everyone, and then it was time for the festivities to begin....

Will's class outside the hotel
Aunt Masha working on Raia's hair
The finished product
Asya, too
Will's class at the church
Praying, after thanking the leadership
Getting his diploma (blurry, sorry!)
Congrats from the children
Ice cream at the reception!
Also at the reception
It was almost 1:00 when we finally got to bed that night, after a long, full, happy day.

There should be a lot more photos available soon. There were some very busy and very professional photographers there, and they've promised to share their work. I can link later. Also, Will's posting on Facebook faster than I am, so you can look there, too.

That was all just the first day. More coming soon....


Mom said...

So very thankful the trip went as well as it did...and I very much appreciate this post as well as the pictures that have appeared on FB.

Love to all!

Baba Julie said...

Great pictures! Sounds like a LOVELY trip - except maybe for the human avalanche! (: So glad you all had that opportunity! And, congrats to Will! Love you all!

Phyllis said...

Except for the whole difficulty of getting there and back!