We were blessed by our family here in Texas. They took up a fund to send us to Africa. It was a thank you gift for taking care of Nannie. It was a wonderful gesture of appreciation to us. Thank you to all that gave that we could go. The planning started last April. Mandy did the research for the tickets. Joe gave us his best advice as to when we should try to come see him. Buster had to plan ahead to leave when things should be covered while he was gone. Our church took up supplies and gifts for us to take with us. I started packing. Our church family gave us so much that I had to sort the things to pack in suitcases and boxes to mail. I packed 4 suitcases with a few clothes of ours tucked in. We still had enough to mail 5 boxes of things.
The deadline just seemed to speed up on us. Dec. 31, 2011. Before we headed out the door we had to untie ourselves from our responsibilities. Sometimes that is a very difficult thing to do. Buster takes care of the water for the county of San Augustine. Then we take care of his mother. We needed to be sure someone would spend the nights while we were gone.