Being Thankful in Airline Mishap

20140104-155143.jpgYou know I’ve been in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for 10 days now, because I’ve written about it here and here. We thought we were going to be sleeping in our warm snugly beds Friday night, but it was not to be. We arrived at the Idaho Falls Airport at 7am. Boarded the plane at 8:05. Sitting in our seats for a few minutes, the pilot announced that Salt Lake City International had closed its runways due to a snow storm. No plane was allowed to take off or land. So, the captain suggested we unload and wait where we would be more comfortable in the lounge.

An hour or so later, we were invited back on the airplane. We hand our tickets to the stewardess. We find our seats again and sit. We begin our taxi. The captain comes on the overhead again, to say that the plane is having some sort of mechanical problem, but not to worry, because a mechanic is on his way. We sit. We wait. The problem cannot be fixed, so we must unload, claim our baggage and reschedule another flight at the ticket counter.

EVERYONE on the plane had to reschedule. Ugh.

Because there were six of us and we all wanted to stick together, we would have to wait until the following day to go home. I had a choice to make…1. Get upset or 2. Look for blessings in this turn of events.

I chose to see the good.

20140105-151917.jpgMy family was together. A woman was very upset, because she was suppose to meet her grand-daughters in another airport. She was so afraid the girls would be there alone. My most prized possessions were right there in the Idaho Falls airport.

20140105-152949.jpgwe were safe. Watching the news of planes and cars having deadly encounters with the ice and snow, I am so thankful, we were safe on the ground. Also, I would rather wait for a plane that didn’t have mechanical issues, than take that risk.

20140105-153336.jpgWe didn’t go hungry. Heck, we had Kathryn’s Snack Shack to keep us fueled.

20140105-153544.jpgWe had a warm bed to sleep in that night. The airline put us up in a Holiday Inn Express, which was quite nice. It was located across the street from a mall, which filled in some time for us. We went to see a movie, shopped and ate some dinner.

20140105-154040.jpgWe didn’t have to be anywhere else.. A father and son standing in line in front of us at the Delta desk, were trying to get to Florida in order to go on a cruise. They were calm, but I’m sure they worried whether or not they were going to make it. I hope they did. We only had a great desire to be home, but that could wait another day. We were able to sleep in, have a good breakfast and lots of coffee. I sat in front of this fire with a cup of coffee and read my bible. I was feeling quite comfortable.

20140105-155346.jpgThe weather cleared and we were on a working plane.

20140105-155748.jpgHome always looks so good after I’ve been away.

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