While the first group endured rain and cold at the beginning of their trip, the weather was perfectly spring like for the second. Illness was instead the burden for the second group. Within a couple days of arrival one of the group members was taken to the doctor and received a diagnosis of the influenza virus that had developed into bronchitis. At 5 1/2 months pregnant our greatest personal concern had been the risk of catching the flu or other illness while in close proximity with so many. Thankfully we were prepared with lots of throat lozenges, Vitamin C, and other first aid wonders for those who did get sick as the flu/cough bug was passed to a handful of group members throughout the trip. Geoff and I were chugging our vitamins and praying we didn't catch it. We are very thankful that we both remained healthy throughout the trip and upon our return this week.
Those who did get sick on the trip were troopers and though a few had to sacrifice a few days out to rest in their rooms, their attitudes were inspiring as they made the most of each circumstance. All in all we were very thankful for the group members resilience and also for the doctors and professional assistance of our local agency and others who helped us care for everyone as needed with minimal disruption to the trip.
During this pregnancy not much has sounded good as far as food is concerned. But there was one dish I had enjoyed last year in Turkey that kept coming to mind. That's the problem with pregnancy and international lifestyles - you crave things that are way too far to send your husband for at midnight.
Geoff and I have taken a few days to recover and reorganize back in Belton, TX and are very happy to be reunited with our Reyah dog. We've enjoyed some time at my folks house and are looking forward to a visit with Geoff's family this weekend.
We had a doctors appointment just after our return to check in on our growing boy and he's doing great. I think he had a good time on his travels and we all benefited from the hiking exercise and buffets of good food options available during our time there. I couldn't be more thankful as I had been concerned having no idea how my body would respond to this pregnancy thing day to day. Now at 26 weeks he's an active little boy who keeps me constantly aware of his presence and we are thankful for every assurance.
For pictures or details of these past two Biblical Study Trips check out the recent blogs on our website at www.TraveltheText.com. We have a few more spaces for our trip coming up this fall (August 30 - September 12) if you're interested in joining - just send an email Geoff@TraveltheText.com or check out more information on the website.