We’re Leaving On A Jet Plane…

May 18, 2013 by

.www.jamesandshilo.com..don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh I hate to go…”

I’ve had those lyrics rattling around in my head for the past few hours!

Well, we are packed and as ready as we’ll ever be. Today we embark on my first-ever international, overseas flight ~ from Vancouver, Canada to Manila, Philippines.

Our brief trip back to Canada was a huge success~ I renewed my passport, got to “rub the belly” of my very pregnant girlfriend Ho-Yin, catch up with family, file our taxes, tease my sister and her cat profusely and then we were off to Vancouver.

These past few days in Vancouver have been a wonderful time of refuge, relaxation and rejuvenation ~ it’s been that way for the past several trips and this one has been no different. It’s been great to cocoon with Stephen and Sonora in the lushness of Langley and then tumble along in the midst of shrieks and peals of laughter with Jill, Pieter, Olivia (6yrs) and Zander (3yrs) here in North Van.

This whole trip back to Canada has been somewhat reserved; a good reminder for me that I don’t have the time or the energy to schedule time with everyone individually every time we’re in town – I was in that “cram everything in” mode for the first couple of days we were in Calgary and it didn’t take long before I had a major meltdown!

Now, I am enjoying this new notion of taking a breath. Scheduling nothing. Letting the next couple of days unfold: no pushing, no forcing, no planning out every second in advance. It’s a beautiful practice for me… maybe one I will continue with in the future!

But, for now… we’re cozying up with our neck pillows and settling in for the 14 hour plane ride ahead of us. Manila’s timezone is 14 hours ahead of Calgary, so that will be the first adjustment (of many) on this trip. May Ease and Grace be with us each step of the way.

Know that we miss you already and are sending huge heart hugs! We’ll post pics and updates as we go. Stay tuned… 🙂