we’re here!

After 30 hours of travel through cars, planes, and a wild taxi ride….we made it to Mumbai, India.

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Here’s Bella on the flight from Newark to Mumbai digging the ‘all you can watch’ Disney movies and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She was a great little traveler-thanks everyone for your prayers.

Getting off the plane was emotional. Watching Brian re-enter this place that God etched on his heart and changed him forever overcame me with joy — joyful in remembering the good things God has done and looking forward to taking part in them myself. Walking off the plane, smelling the smells (smoke + exhaust + burning), feeling the moist heat alongside my guy and my best girl was exciting. We’ve been trying to make this moment happen for over 5 years already! Wow.

We arrived at our host’s home around 10pm and because for us it was 9:30am we weren’t so tired. Bella tested out her new bathing arrangements in the picture below. While Bella was out by 10:30, we unpacked and caught up with our friends until 2am.

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We are going to try to be honest with you while here in India. One sad moment already is that Brian’s iPhone never made it. It was lost between the flights from Newark to Mumbai. Ugh. It’s going to take a little while to get adjusted. The time change has been really hard for Bella. On the bright side there is a local playground with swings and a teeter-totter that she loves (that’s for you Gram).

We are going into a part of Mumbai called Vashi tomorrow to shop for Indian attire. Friends have let us borrow items to get us by like my marriage toe rings and necklace called a Mangal Sutra which I LOVE! Tomorrow I buy my very first salwar (long tunic type shirt and basically mc hammer pants with a long scarf), and saree (the traditional outfit here). This will be our first official city adventure including dining on local cuisine and sampling the crazy atmosphere of the open markets. Should be… welp crazy ☺

For God so loved India….

 — Gia

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4 responses to “we’re here!

  1. Yes! We are thrilled you made it. Praying you guys up and looking forward to all the stories. Learn heaps for us 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for posting and updating us! So excited to see what the Lord has in store for you in the next few weeks… praying for yall!!

  3. Glad you made it! You guys are in our prayers! Hang in there as Bella gets adjusted! 🙂

  4. Glad you all made it! Bella’s tub looks just like what Nathan used in Nigeria. He loved bath time in his oversized bowl. Praising God for the good things he has coming your way! Love you!

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