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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

On Our Way

[Part One]
We're writing this from the SL Airport, on our way to Qingdao, China. They bumped us from our original flight because the plane was too small to fit Joseph's wheelchair. We're excited to be on our way.

[Part Two]
After a few hours delay we got Joseph wedged (literally) into an economy seat and were on our way to Seatle on a larger plane. The Doctor said Joseph had to have a Business class seat to ensure his legs could be elevated. We thought the short hops from Salt Lake and From LA home would be okay in economy. Much of Joseph's 6'4" frame is in his upper leg length, bad idea for economy 'leg room'. We will have to change the LA flight home. It was not pleasant for Joseph. After the first flight the business class seating worked well and he made the flights very well. From Seatle we flew to Seoul, Korea and then on China Eastern Airways the short hop to Qingdao.

We arrived about 9:00 PM in Qingdao. Our cousin Jayare Roberts met us at the airport, [read his comment] along with the Beike staff. Jayare is here teaching English. It's a small world.

All in all it was a good experience and we were all delighted to be in China.

Post Script
In the going we neglected to mention one of the great experiences of our lives. On Wednesday Joseph, Mom, Dad and Matt Smith met in Elder Richard G. Scott's office near the end of the day just before leaving for China. Elder Scott asked if Joseph would like a Priesthood blessing. What a wonderful experience from a Christlike servant of the Lord. It was a marvelous blessing and a memory we will keep close in the years ahead.


Anonymous jayare said...

I watched them arrive at the airport tonight and was awed by their high spirits after such a long journey and before such new horizons.

The shiny new airport was very quiet considering it is the Labor Day weekend here. The staff would not allow certain photos, but I'll share a few soon for the folks at home.

May 2, 2008, 8:48:00 AM  

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