Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Amman at Dusk..we have arrived!!

We arrived in Amman, Jordan this evening around 5 pm and proceeded to our accommodations in the city as the sun was setting. It was truly an Arabian night as the sun set on the city and was dark before 6:30 pm.
Our trip was pleasant all around. We spent Tuesday afternoon and evening suspended in time, in the JFK airport. We have a most congenial group, and of course, our fearless leaders, Don and Rick, so we just simply enjoyed our time "waiting". We boarded the flight right on time and were in the air by 11:15 pm. There were lots of empty seats so many were able to spread out and find a comfortable spot and most of us caught at least a few winks of sleep. As we arrived to local Jordan time of 5 pm, we were still a little short on sleep, but bright eyed nonetheless.

Ann and Gordon kept us entertained as we went thru security clearances, as they were always singled out for "searches; we weren't sure if it was due to the extra metal they carry in their knees or maybe they just looked a little "shady-er" than the rest of us? :) (Nah, if there is one thing Ann and Gordon are's definitely NOT shady!)

We had the luxury of watching a Jordanian wedding processional as it entered the hotel, with the traditional ceremonial dancing and singing! This was a true highlight for us; while we watched from the mezzanine above the lovely bride and handsome groom with their families, slowly danced their way into the reception hall. The processional lasted close to an hour and it was mesmerizing to watch them. We are quite sure that Don and Ricky picked up some wonderful ideas to incorporate into their next wedding ceremony.......!:)

So friends and family we are all alive and well in Jordan! We will travel by bus to Tiberius in the Galilee tomorrow so wake up time is O"dark thirty for us (6:00am). We are all off to bed now and a good nights' sleep!


Donna McKinney said...

Thanks for the blog! Glad to know you've safely arrived.

Donna McKinney

Keith Fortenberry said...

Thanks for letting us know you arrived safely. Please give Pastor Rick or Jim Lipford my parents cell. It is 79-678-1314 when calling from Amman. I will let OTBC know of the blog and that you arrived safely. God bless you on your trip.

Tiffany E. Howell said...

Hi Mom,
Looks like it's working fine now. Just be sure to hit publish post instead of save draft when you're ready for everyone to see the post.

Have a great time!!

Love you,

Jenny J said...

Glad to see you made it safe and well!!I am so excited for you, and also because you allow me to go along on this trip....I look forward to hearing about all of your adventures. I will keep everyone informed of your travels.

Jenny J(FG)
Spokane WA

Ron & Linda said...

Hey Guys,
Glad to hear you arrived safely.
We will be watching your trip, what wonderrful talees you willhave to tell in Q.

Sandra said...

Glad to hear you arrived safely! Thanks for publishing your blog today. It will be fun to 'travel' with you.


naniyosie said...

Glad to hear you arrived safely.
Thank you for sharing your travel experiences, I feel like I am right there with you all.

Denyse said...

This is going to be great!! We'll see the Holy Land through your eyes. Thanks so much for posting, we were all thinking of you on chat last night.

Mary said...

Hi Brother and FAVORITE Sister in Law: Glad to see you arrived safe and well. It was interesting to read about the wedding procession -- I'm sure it will be the first of many wonderful adventures.

Give a big kiss to Tia Lou for us.

Beijos from Rio!

Mary & Claudio

George said...

Glad to see that you made it and that you are safe. FYI Joe Beasley passed away Wednesday. Funeral arrangements are being made at Welch's
P.S. Are you looking at the moon?

Nancy and Willie said...

Glad to hear you arrived safely. What a treat to travel with you though your journey. Nancy B. take lots of pictures.

Have fun!

Stuart said...

October 26,2007 - rainy morning here has rained for past several days (since you left) maybe you should have gone earlier! Glad to know you arrived safely - have a great trip - trying to decide if I should provide copies of blog for Mama to read! Maybe when you're back home? Love you both - Wanda

naniyosie said...

Thanks for sharing the highlights of your trip.
Words can't explain how I felt when I read your experiences on the Mt. of Multiplication, and your prayers for Elizabeth, Bud, and Everett. I had tears in my eyes.
Then, I read about Donald baptizing some of you...I wish I was there to experience that.
I look forward to your next post.