God is good! We actually had a fairly smooth travel day. The only problems we had were that to travel internationally with an infant on your lap, you have to have a paper ticket. The people at the check-in desk in Belize were very nice about it though, and spent almost an hour getting us all squared away. There was no problem getting on the first flight. The kids were great and slept for most of the first flight.
We got into Atlanta and Evangeline was amazed and overjoyed at all the new sights, like escalators, moving walkways and the train between terminals. We checked into the desk at our gate, only to find out that we were #23, 24 and 25 on the standby list, and the monitor was showing 2 available seats. We grabbed a quick bite to eat and sat and waited anxiously as they boarded all of the various sections of the aircraft. Then they slowly started working their way through the standby list. They were slowing their way down to the last couple seats, and we were still about 10 people from the end of the list. I overheard the desk person say, “that’s it” and figured we were stuck until the next flight, perhaps overnight. Then, as if as a second thought she said “Are there any more non-rev passengers?”. I asked the guy next to me what that meant and he said, “Non revenue producing passengers, like Delta employees.” I called out “I think that’s us” and the lady said, “How many?” I said, “three.” She said, “come on then.” We got the absolute last three seats on the plane. Someone was nice enough to move so that Mel could sit with the two girls, and I sat on the other end of the plane. We finally made it in to Orlando around 9:30 or so.
Steve Valentine, one of our co-workers from the home office here in Orlando was kind enough to be “on call” all evening and picked us up from the airport and took us to Mel’s grandfather’s house. So today we’re making preparations for the funeral tomorrow and cleaning up the yard (her grandfather was in the process of cutting down a tree when he fell)
Thanks for all your prayers for our travel, we’re happy to be here with the family.