I half expected to wake up this morning, look at the calender and discover it was still December '07, and the events of the past year a dream. Instead I awoke to find our bedrooms in the condition of a military staging ground in preparation for a long deployment, so I know it's real; that, and Leslie pinched me! That's how we feel anyway. What to take, what to leave behind? What we do want to do before we ship off is to thank all of you for your support and encouragement along the way. This has been a trying process, and we couldn't have done it without you.
I guess we're as ready as we can be, so we'll head out, calm but slightly anxious. Though it will be a long and tiring adventure, it will be worth it knowing that we'll be bringing back the best souvenir ever.
We'll report back as soon as we can.