"Where do I begin...?"
My trip to the Middle East began like most trips. Lots of preparation, lots of preparation! Weeks before departure there were meetings, fundraising, conversations with partners, then purchasing and packing all that I would need to present and build an aquaponics system… There are a ton of details to work out, not to mention preparing my family, home and business.
The first couple of days in Lebanon were filled with confirming the correct materials, loading and transporting all the materials and supplies, and a site evaluation all of which covered many miles and many hours. It was after midnight that second day that I crawled onto the mattress and went to sleep.
Early the next morning I called LeeAnn and received the news that Joelle, our three year old granddaughter, was taken to the hospital by ambulance. This started a long chain of events that stretched our family beyond our abillty and capacity… She had a siezure, which had never happened before. In route to the hospital she had more siezures. After tests, it was determined that she had a brain tumor about the size of a peach pit and would need surgery which was scheduled for three days later. Our whole family was in shock. It was Sunday morning and for the next 12 plus hours, I was getting bits and pieces of information and worked on getting an emergency flight home.