Monday, July 02, 2007

We are on our way!!

Today has been a FULL day of goodbyes and parting gifts. We decided to spend our last night at our favorite hotel. This place has been a special place of rest for us over the past 8 years and we have become very close with the staff. Some of them have even made it out to Aplahoue to stay in our home. We wanted to do something nice for the staff so we had some cakes made and presented them this morning. Randy and I both took a turn at thanking them and then they had some very kind words for us and then they sang a song to us about thanking the Lord for the good things that he has done for us! Amen!!

At this moment we are taking showers, having Lael's hair done one last time by Laurance, and waiting for Randy to return from his last meal with the church leaders who traveled to Cotonou this afternoon from Aplahoue to see him one last time.

This is an amazing transition for our family. We are so thankful for our former teammate Jim Kennell who has been with us this weekend to share in the final days. We are on the same flight tonight! And we are SO thankful that my mom has endured these final weeks with us. What a blessing it has been to have her here. That sentence seems too small to say what it has meant to have her here. Thank you Dad for sharing her with us.

Our hearts are full of emotion and thoughts of the days to come. We are so thankful for your thoughts and prayers!
We will see many of you very soon and we can't wait!!!

Expecting blessing!!


Brooks Inc. said...

Wow...I am thinking of you guys with every other thought... knowing you are boarding as I type this...Knowing I will see you before you even get to read this...A season is ending, that has been an incredible one...WE too are expecting blessing as you enter the next!

OH how we love you! We are fighting the temptation to drive out the airport now!

The Brooks

***I think mom looks so cute...Those curls have never looked better!

The Brooks.

Lyndsey said...

Have a blessed, safe trip! Wish I could be at the airport on Tuesday with everyone else...and loving the picture of Suzy!

Kendra said...

I had the same thought about Suzy's hair, Becky - I like her curls!

Oh, I get teary knowing you are on the plane . . and then start jumping around the house with excitement!!! Eeek!!
love you -
see you TOMORROW

Anonymous said...

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Please let us know if you can assist us in touching Africa. You can email me at
Thank you so much for what you do!

Help us color Africa!

Christopher T. Brons

Don Box said...

See you on this side of the pond! Don

Anthony Parker said...

Obviously we didn't make it to the airport tonight -- that must have been a special time, and you're probably also exhausted. We're glad you're here and we look forward to getting together. Give us a call when you get a chance (325) 762-2650. We'd love to plan our next ex-West Africa missionary party when you can attend.

mindy tyndall said...

Can't wait to see all the Vaughns! We have been praying all day for a break in the rain, and I know there is no surprise for you all...God provided it!
Get some good sleep and we can hardly to see you!