What Up, Brussels?

Well, I’m off to find some coffee – despite the fact that I know I should be drinking tons of water – because I have had approximately 160 ounces of water in the last 24 hours and quite frankly I am afeared of a massive headache if I do not get some caffeine in my bloodstream as soon as humanly possible.

We had a great flight; Shannon and I were sitting by each other, and then – A COMPASSION MIRACLE – the seats in front of us became vacant and the flight attendant gave us permission to move and LO, we each had TWO WHOLE SEATS TO OURSELVES.

Give the Lord a handclap of praise.

Long story short, I slept for six hours. Went to sleep as soon as we got on the plane, woke up for supper, went straight back to sleep, and then slept until breakfast.

I feel oddly refreshed.

And now, some pictures:




I have to admit that it was a little freaky for this Mississippi girl to look out the window of our plane and see, you know, BELGIUM out the window.

But the sunset was oh-so-gorgeous.

And I am crazy about the people on this trip.

And I am just tickled to death to be here.

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  1. Have a safe trip! I hope you find your coffee. I remember being in Belgium looking for just that. I think I settled for a Folgers at McDonalds (it was before the Starbucks revolution).

    Look forward to the details of your trip – thanks for sharing.

  2. Remember – – – coffee IS 98% water.

  3. Pictures and everything! What great blogging people you and Shannon are! I love getting a first hand look at your adventure. We’re all praying for you!

  4. Welcome to Europe!

    And when you DO find coffee…get a cappuccino and savor it! European cappuccino is the bestest! The coffee itself can be a bit umm…STRONG! (like rip yer head off and shoot ya up with 98% caffeine! LOL)

  5. Totally agree with becky’s comment. When we first encountered Europe we couldn’t figure out why, when WE ordered coffee, we got these little thimble-sized cups and we could plainly see others drinking from MUGS! Finally learned to order capuccino!

  6. You guys are adorable, and look pretty darn happy for people on the longest flight ever. Thanks for the update! It rewards my mad refresh skillz. ;)

  7. How come you two look so beautiful after all that travel?

    I’ve been thinking and praying for you and Shannon all day yesterday.

  8. I prayed for y’all this morning as I lay away, wishing I were asleep at 5am.

  9. Okay, I can now say that you ARE doing what I asked (i.e. changing the world).

    ‘Cause there is just nothing like sleeping for hours on end to change the world. It might just change your world, but oh how it does change it.


  10. Praying for all of you as you make this once in a lifetime trip. Can’t wait to hear what you come back to share with us. xoxo

  11. Well, Good Morning!

    I prayed while you slept. I am headed to pray while I do my Bible study. Just checked in to see if you had updated . . . and lo and behold, you did! Yay me!

    You both look great for weary travelers, and I can’t wait to hear more soon!

    Off to pray s’more.

  12. Good Morning!

    Great Pictures, and I am lovin’ that you are WORKIN’ those sunglasses EVEN inside the airplane. Tell me, did you sleep with them on so as not to mess up your hair? HA!

    A girl still has to be fashionable, especially in her international travels (and international sleep!)

    Praying for you as you begin this journey!

    P.S. You both look beautiful and excited.

  13. I hope you gave me a shout out as you flew over the UK! Welcome to our time zone!!!

  14. You’re still a little groggy…I believe that would be a sunrise looking out over Belgium. :)

    So glad thath you slept well in those 2 Compassion Miracle Seats!


  15. Y’all are working it! Looking good after such a long flight is not an easy task! I just wanted you to know that we are praying for you guys!

    Sweet blessings!


  16. Oh -love to see the pics! So fun! You and Shannon look quite rested!
    Get’cha some coffee- I know you must need it!
    Have fun!

  17. Looking forward to your updates and praying for you all!

  18. I know the feeling of looking out the window and see places you only ever read about. Additionally, I was raised during and after WWII, so I got a BIGTIME jolt of that when I visited Pearl Harbor, Germany, and Russia.

    Whenever I went overseas, I always carried some dehydrated water in my pocket. That way I could have a drink whenever I wanted one, and didn’t have to go to those teeny airline bathrooms so often.

  19. Yay!! Can’t wait for more pics.

  20. I’m praying for you RIGHT now.

  21. I am a friend of Shannons and just wanted you to know I check in every day with you and am praying for you. You and Shannon take care of each other. I can’t wait to hear of Gods goodness as you travel on. Blessings!

  22. Well Boo, our God is just answering prayers all over the place, isn’t He? I’m praying for you; it’s amazing how often He brings you and the others on the trip to my mind and heart. Many blessings.

  23. Just dropped daughter off at school and had to rush home to check on you guys. Thanks for the update! Just tickled to death for all of you.

  24. Y’all look so great!!! And a whole two seats a piece? Praise Jesus!!!

  25. I’m ticked to death you’re there and the Lord is answering prayers :)

  26. OK, I meant to type “tickled” not “ticked” :)

  27. Thanks for the updates…it’s great to see where you all are and how it’s going. You all are in my thoughts and definately my prayers! Keep up the reports!

  28. To look at your window and see BELGIUM…Wow. That gave me little shivers! I’m so excited for you!

  29. I kept thinking, “What’s that ON her HEAD? Does she KNOW she has something on her head?”

    Sunglasses, slightly tilted. WHEW!

    I say “freaky-weird”. It’s a term I think you may need.

  30. Living vicariously, every step–and flight–of the way.

    Wish I could sip some coffee with you in Belgium (wave hello to my in-laws!). Have a waffle. And chocolate. “Pralines” are fabulous–they’re chocolates with wonderful fillings. I’m partial to a raspberry filling and the vanilla creme. But they’re all good. Those will be tiny little indulgences, a gift from Belgium, before heading to Uganda.

  31. Coffee?! You’re in Belgium, girl. Find the chocolate ASAP!

    Look at you and Shannon. Y’all are having a great time already!

  32. Belgium. WOW! Did you have some waffles? :) Hope the trip is fabulous. Praying for you all!

  33. There’s good coffee in the Nairobi airport at Java House. If you get to get off the plane, come into the terminal, turn right, and walk all the way to the end.

  34. I am so loving the up-to-the-minute blogging of your trip. (You should have worked in the news business, my dear.)

    Great pictures, by the way. I look forward to many more.

  35. you two look splendid!

    And I agree with Shalee.


  36. NOTHING is better than an empty seat next to you on an international flight- God IS good!

    Keeping you both in my prayers!

  37. I’m loving this! Keep the posts coming, so excited to hear more about this life changing experience! I have a feeling it is going to change a few of us here at home as well!

  38. Have some of that Belgium chocolate with your coffee–it has caffeine, too!

    Chris suggested Brussel sprouts–to which I say, YUK!

    You and Shannon have fun now, ya hear? ‘Wish I could be a fly on the wall–and enjoy your hilarity together :)

    Praying for you friend!

  39. PS And THANK YOU for the sunset picture. It’s a blessing!

  40. I am virtually on this trip with you my friends. Loving the up-to-the minute updates. Can’t wait for the next update. Praying for you my interweb friend!

  41. Six hours is great for plane sleep right? I would be doing a happy dance for that. Sister, I am praying for you every time I think of you!

  42. Jenny from VA says:

    This morning during my quiet time the Lord whispered Boomama and Shannon in my ear. I have been praying for you! Thank you for the updates…

    P.S. I will continue to pray for “coffee when needed” as I know that it would be a critical need of mine too!! Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you to desires of your heart!

  43. Soph, know this will be a wonderful, spirit filled trip. We are praying for not only successful mission, safe travel but that miracles will happen through the work of the Holy Spirit. You are ever in our thoughts.

    Please let the rest of the mission team know that they are in our prayers.

    Ye old Dad.

  44. Praying for you Sophie!! I’m so glad your doing this!! God is going to bless your socks off!! I can’t wait to hear/read more!!

  45. Sophie you look fabulous and I’m so happy that you have the Joy Joy Joy Joy down in your heart, down in your heart to stay (did you sing that at VBS and camp or is it a totally irrelevent lyric to you?) Oh well – it is great that you have such anticipation to be used by the Lord – wow what a cool thing! Excited for you and even more so for those kiddos in Uganda – they’ll get hugged to pieces.

  46. You guys look soo cute. Glad you got there safely. And that is too cool you got your own seats.

    Praying the rest of your trip is blessed beyond measure!

  47. Hey, I’ve been to Brussels before. I was 16 and on a German Club trip with 22 other kids and 3 adults. What were my parents thinking? No, it was a fun time.
    Anyway, great pictures and oh.my.goodness. Alex looks like you!

  48. Just popping in and loved your travel update! I just got back last week from my trip to Africa and it was incredible. Look forward to hearing more of your’s once you’re back stateside. Though don’t be surprised if you find it hard to put it into words. You get back so full and trying to encapsulate it in a way that others can understand and doesn’t just go on and on and on forever is a challenge.

  49. P.S. I didn’t know you were a Mississippi girl! Me, too!!! :D

  50. I’m so glad you got the chance to see first hand what Compassion International is all about. My daughter sponsors a child and writes back and forth to her frequently. She has asked several times if it would be possible for us to visit her sponsered child someday! I can’t wait to read about what you see there! I’m glad you had a great flight! We are praying for all of you!!

  51. Praying for y’all. Im loving these updates. You are being held in His hands every second.

    Hugs girls~

  52. Simply amazing. Thankful you were able to get a good sleep on the airplane.

  53. Thanks for the updates. It’s so much fun to “go with” you both.

  54. You make it sound like fun but I know it takes great courage.

    The good news: you probably won’t be offered any burrito-type food anytime soon.

    The other good news: I’m sure you’ve already found your coffee.

    The bestest good news: Look at what you’re doing!

  55. I just had a spontaneous smile when I saw you two. I haven’t stopped thinking about y’all since I saw Shannon one last time on Saturday. I eagerly check both blogs to see what’s happening next. Hugs to y’all.

  56. That’s a blessing! We’re with ya and praying along. You and your team are the best!

  57. What a blessing to be able to sleep! It’s all very exciting. Praying for all of you and for those you will be ministering to. The pictures are neat!!

  58. Gorgeous pictures, esp. the one of the two of you! :-) So anxious to follow your trip as you go! Prayers!