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Travel Mercies

My trip back to Kuwait started off badly – an hour and a half on a rainy, occasionally flooded interstate highway, crawling along between cars and big trucks. When, occasionally, the traffic got moving, I was beset by water cascading off these big huge trucks barrelling along – and at the same time, when you need to switch lanes, these big truckers are the ones who are going to let you in.

Check-in was a breeze – and I got a surprise. I wasn’t on my normal flight out of Amsterdam. I was on a much earlier flight. As usual, I sat in a secluded spot in the terminal and made my farewell calls. When friends and family wish me safe travels, I always ask them to keep me in prayer, for safe travels and for travel mercies. Travel mercies are blessings you haven’t even though of, but God knows, and can bless you in marvellous and amazing ways when you ask for travel mercies. He gives you protection – and more. He gives you travel BLESSINGS, if you have the eyes to see.

Unfortunately, my flight was delayed out of Seattle, and I had to RACE for this next flight, but made it – al hamdullah – and had an uneventful flight home.

Arriving at 5:30 p.m. is a whole different world from arriving at 10:30 p.m. Especially if you have been able to grab some sleep on the flight in, you have energy and time! Instead of arriving home feeling like something the cat dragged in, you arrive home feeling leisurely! Thanks be to God! What a travel mercy!

And thanks to all my friends and family keeping me wrapped in prayer. Your prayers were answered, bountifully! Thanks be to God!

Good friends cared for the Qatteri Cat while I was gone. When I walked in the door, there was no neurotic, needy Qatteri Cat. His coat didn’t have any knots in it (a sign he has been depressed and not doing his grooming.) No, he was friendly and balanced. I could see he had been well cared for, and a part of me is even a little jealous! I can see by QC’s behavior that they spent time with him; I know he really likes these people. Another Thanks be to God, a no-guilt return, the Qatteri Cat looks GOOD. Thanks be to God for all of you who prayed me safely home, and Thanks be to God for the sweet people who cared for QC.

December 6, 2007 - Posted by | Community, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, KLM, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Relationships, Seattle


  1. Hope you get here safe n’sound 🙂

    Comment by chikapappi | December 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. welcome back 😀

    I thought u were gonna stay in the States for Xmas!

    Comment by ananyah | December 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. I was surprised by the change in KLM timetable, I do not remember them having flights at such odd periods, but I guess because their main passengers come from US, they changed their timetable accordingly.

    Welcome back

    Comment by Purgatory | December 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. welcome back and many many thanks for your safe return 🙂

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | December 6, 2007 | Reply

  5. Welcome Back, im sure Qattari gained weight ;p

    Comment by Blue Dress | December 6, 2007 | Reply

  6. welcome back!

    Comment by Enigma | December 6, 2007 | Reply

  7. Thank you, all of you, for your kind greetings.

    Ananyah – guess not this year! Love YOUR little tree, BTW!

    Purg – This may be a new flight – an additional flight. It goes on to Muscat. But I don’t know for sure; KLM has mysterious ways. 🙂

    Heee heee, Blue Dress, he does look plump, but he assures me it is all muscle.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 7, 2007 | Reply

  8. glad you had a safe trip back. it looks like you had fun and a good change of pace. you reminded me to find myself a cat, a home just isn’t the same without one!

    Comment by harmonie22 | December 7, 2007 | Reply

  9. Glad you’re home safe AND the cat is well :D!

    Comment by rainmountain | December 7, 2007 | Reply

  10. Hmd’allah!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 7, 2007 | Reply

  11. Harmonie, I know there is a cat out there looking for you. We always seem to take in “used cats.” It breaks our hearts to see once-loved pets abandoned.

    Rainmountain – thank you!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 7, 2007 | Reply

  12. Welcome back, Looking forward to see you on Monday.
    we missed you, see you soon…

    Comment by Hayfa | December 8, 2007 | Reply

  13. Thank you, sweet friend. Probably not Monday, but I hope on Tuesday!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 8, 2007 | Reply

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