This morning I went to Expedia.com just out of curiousity to see how much airplane tickets were running from Chicago to Tenerife for when Hannah and Jenny come home for the summer. Much to my surprise, they had dropped over $240 each, plus they had the connections we wanted, only one stop and they didn't have to spend the night like they usually do in the Madrid airport upon their return flight to the states. We could take a gamble, and hope they come down lower in the next few months, but I called my husband and asked him what he thought, and he said to get them. You never know if you will get the same deal again, or the same connections, plus we needed two tickets together.
It is bittersweet, knowing that this may be the last summer in a long while that both Hannah and Jenny will come home to Tenerife. Lord willing, they will graduate in the spring of 2011, and we are planning a six month furlough then; we are not allowed to be out of Spain longer than six months at a time, thus the shorter furlough. Jenny and Michael would like to get married shortly after graduation, so it looks like we will be planning a wedding this summer too.
One of the stipulations of Jenny and Michael getting married is that he has to pay off a school loan--not his college as he is paying that as he goes, but he actually paid his own tuition to attend a Christian high school for all 4 years. We are very impressed with the fact that Michael is attempting to work 3 jobs to do so, in addition to going to college full time. Now that's motivation!