Jane and Josie Are Going to Africa!!!!!!

I didn’t think it would be possible.  I could not imagine how I could ever get there.  I had resigned myself (sorrowfully) to the idea that my daughter would be in Botswana for a year, and I would not get to see her—or to get any glimpse of her amazing new world.  We knew we couldn’t afford to bring her home for Christmas; and we didn’t see any way that we could get over there.  I was just going to have to stop worrying about her and accept the fact that I would not see her for nearly 10 months.

Then, the miraculous happened.  First of all, I had a visit with my wonderful sisters at the beach, who all encouraged me to think creatively about getting there to see Becky.  My sister, Katie, told me about how people can donate frequent flyer miles to other people.  My other sisters talked about ways to raise money for the trip.  My youngest daughter, Josie, said she was determined to go, and, since she suspected I would not let her go by herself, she offered to pay for herself and for part of my trip out of her hard-earned babysitting money. 

Africa, here we come!

After I got back from the beach, my sister, Sheppie, sent me a donation in the mail, “for your trip.” That was just the beginning of a string of incredibly wonderful, generous acts by friends and family.  Here’s a summary:  my wonderful roommate from college, Cindy, donated her frequent flyer miles to me; my incredible mother-in-law, Henny, gave hers to Josie. 

So, we knew we could get to Africa—and that we could even stop in Holland on the way to visit with family!  But we still had no idea how we could afford to do anything once we got there.  And then, the miraculous happened:  a friend of a friend of my husband’s, a wonderfully generous man who will remain nameless (in case he doesn’t want the publicity), offered us the use of his house and his car, for an extremely moderate fee, during our visit.  And, he told us how to see all the things we wanted to see—the elephants, the lions, the rhinos, etc.—without breaking the bank.  He told us about the out-of-the-way nature parks that tourists don’t usually visit.  He gave us tips about how to camp and cook your own food, instead of staying in luxury safari lodges.  As things turned out, he even designed a 9-page itinerary for us, with tips on all the little things we should know, such as which line to stand in for Customs, how much a taxi ride from the airport should cost, what to bring with us from the States, etc.  I consider him our Fairy Godfather for this trip—and this is a man that we will not even get the chance to meet in person, since he and his wife will be away on a cruise when we are in Botswana!!!!

Beautiful Beach in Capetown, South Africa

In any case, this post is the first in a series about our trip to Africa.  I thought our readers might find it interesting to share in the adventures of a 57-year-old woman and her 15 and 19 year old daughters, as they take on Africa!  I hope you will, anyway, since I know I’m going to feel like writing about it.  As my Fairy Godfather said in a recent email, “This will probably turn out to the be the adventure of a lifetime for you.” 


P.S. The pictures in this post were taken by our daughter in Africa!!!




9 thoughts on “Jane and Josie Are Going to Africa!!!!!!

  1. Jane: What an incredible opportunity for you and Josie! Isn’t the Universe a wonderful thing to have on our side?
    I’ll look forward to your posts and photos.

  2. Jane, I am so looking forward to your posts from Africa. It will be like being there, seeing it all through your eyes. Take care and come home safely…love to your daughter(s).

  3. YIPPEE!! I’m so excited for you! Good things do happen to very good people! It sounds like such a wonderful trip.

  4. Wonderful Jane,
    I remember writing you when Becky first went to Africa. I love the miracles in your life. You will have a marvelous vacation, I Am positive you will.
    Prayers for you and Josie’s safe, fun trip.
    I suggest you leave your worries behind. lol
    Make it your best holiday time ever. I am looking forward to reading your blogs about your trip.
    Rize Cole

  5. I don’t know if my other message went thru as I did not include my email address. Anyway this is the cranky reader who reponded to you on Obama awhile back. I have spent a lot of time in Amsterdam and can give you input on any questions you might have. So wonderful your having this experience with your daughters…..can’t get better….but then the Universe must be rewarding you for the person you are. :>) The Lord has His (or Her or It’s) way of speaking.

  6. Jane: Your good fortune in having this trip happen makes me so happy. And my faith in good things happening, or at the very least, being lucky, makes me smile. Good on you girl!!!

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