Day 167, Year 4 Happy, Happy, Happy Wishes for Justin and Jo
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Weather: Another Sunny Day; Another Late Afternoon Downpour
Location: Ao Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi Leh, Thailand

What a day! Somehow our life is not intended to be boring. We got up at 7 am and expected to leave the Boat Lagoon at 9:30. But then all hell broke loose. Mark took the computer up to cockpit so that he could get a wireless signal to post pictures. Before doing this, he checked email and we got an update from Justin and Jo explaining that Jo’s labor was beginning. Actually it began a couple of days ago with her water breaking with no contractions following, but somehow we didn’t receive those emails. We immediately tried to call J & J but got no answer, so we called our daughter Heather. She explained that there had been a sequence of emails that we did not receive and immediately forwarded them to us. We received them almost immediately and got ourselves up-to-date on the happenings in New Mexico. While all of this was transpiring in the cockpit, Muzza was finishing our canvas work and Luck was waiting to drop the lines and bid us farewell. I was very torn between leaving and staying so that I could have better communication, but in the end, I knew if we didn’t leave this morning we would never get to Malaysia in time to connect with our flight to the US. So we cast off with me in tears hoping that we would be able to keep in touch via HAM email.

We motored south to Ko Phi Phi Leh and arrived just before the late afternoon/evening rain. Donna and Gerry of Scot Free II were here waiting for us and we got together on Windbird and caught up on sailing news.

We are now checking our email and have heard from Justin. The birthing process has begun in earnest and it looks as though they are going to be able to have the home birth that they had planned with a mid-wife attending. This is wonderful news as they had thought they might have to go to the hospital. So please send your most positive thoughts their way. By this time tomorrow, I should have a report of a new grandchild. Justin and Jo, we are thinking of you. We love you and can’t wait to hear about the birth of our newest grandchild.

090407 Day 167 Boat Lagoon, Phuket, Thailand–Leaving Boat Lagoon
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