When I tell people we are taking the kids to Egypt, I get two responses: The first is sudden, like a knee jerk reaction: “Have you seen the news lately?! Is Egypt even safe to visit?”  The second response, from the same person, comes a few seconds later with a smile that begins to spread wide across their face: “Wow.  Ever since I was a kid I’ve always dreamed of going to see the pyramids.”

But before I can even address the first question, I have to start with how this all began.

Our family of four has a New Year’s tradition. We sit together and take turns setting the timer for three minutes (the first year we did this, we only set the timer for 30 seconds so the kids could work up to three minutes over time). For three minutes, we sit quietly and listen. Some might call this prayer, but it’s more of a listening exercise. We are listening for any impressions, words, pictures, senses that God may have for that person in the coming year. We write it down in our family prayer journal and then share what we got with each other. For example, this year Blaze looked at Pascaline after we were done with her three minutes. He said “Sissy, I saw you in a classroom surrounded by friends. You were wearing all kinds of patterns, colors, designs and really stood out.  I felt like God said to me “She’s one of a kind Blaze. There is no one like your sister.” Man, when an eight-year-old boy says this to his big sister … words can’t describe the joy that spread across her face (and mine!). If I haven’t lost you yet (because I know this listening exercise may sound odd to some), we take three minutes for each person and then we end by taking a final three minutes to listen for what the New Year may have in store for our family.

Last year was crazy! We all had our own journals, and we wrote down what we sensed before we shared it out loud. Pascaline, 10 years old at the time, had the word “go” and saw our family on an adventure in a foreign land. Blaze, 7 years old at the time, also wrote down the word “go” and saw a globe spinning. Brian had the word “go” too and saw our family looking over a world map. And you guessed it, I had the word “go” and saw us crossing oceans. This had never happened to us before, and we were sure that 2012 was going to be a year of expansive travel for us as a family. Oddly enough, it was the first time in four years that we didn’t go abroad at all.  But all last year, the desire to go to Egypt was growing in our hearts, visiting our dreams, coming up in homeschool and conversations over the dinner table.

About four months ago, Brian and I both started to feel a stronger pull toward Egypt. We had no idea why. But if you remember…

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35 Comments: “Why We are Taking Our Family to Egypt and not Hawaii”

  1. Michelle S says:

    First – Blaze is so wise beyond his years and I love what he said about Pascaline!

    Second – can I go with you? I have always wanted to go there! :)

  2. BreAnna says:

    WOW! That sounds REALLY fun! I hope you have fantastic adventures and safe travels! When I was a kid I wanted to go to Egypt more than anything. As an adult, I haven’t had the calling yet, but still find it fascinating. I can’t wait to hear about your experiences!!

  3. Casey B. says:

    As someone who just came back from living in the Middle East I wholly support this venture! Unfortunately it seems to me that many people are grossly misinformed on the current situation in Egypt (as is apparent by Mr. Garcia). They need to go through a process of change and reform just as others have in previous times. But enough about politics.

    Egypt is one of my favorite places that I have visited. I know you’ve already booked your itinerary but if you get the chance to ride a boat along the Nile at sunset or do a sunrise viewing at Mt. Sinai, Do it! Even if you don’t believe in the story of Moses, seeing Sinai at night is amazing, you’re able to see the Milky Way!

    Good luck and God bless! It will be an amazing experience!

  4. I love this plan! Most of our older kids were able to travel internationally with us on various adoption trips (we have 6 adopted kids) and our feeling is that the experience seeing other cultures was much more world-broadening than Hawaii or Disney.
    Mary, momma to many