Pre-Trip: Our Pre-Trip Preparations...

When we started packing for this journey, there were many seemingly insurmountable challenges ... having only two weeks to get ready, needing heavy winter clothing, bringing enough lightweight entertainment for an almost 5 year old plus all the supplies (medical and otherwise) that a baby might need, being prepared to stay four weeks or more, and being able to bring only 44 lbs. per person (Kazakhstan's Air Astana baggage limit) as opposed to the 140 lbs. per person allowed by Lufthansa.  Well, somehow we did it!  We're bringing two carry-ons a piece (2 rolling suitcases, 1 backpack and 1 diaper bag), Sierra's little "Rapunzel" carry-on/backpack, 1 large suitcase for Dave, 1 large duffel for Amy and Sierra, 1 large duffel for the baby, and another large duffel with donations for the orphanages and gifts for the caregivers.  While we're pretty close to the weight limit for each piece of luggage, we've ended up with one extra duffel so we're hoping we won't be charged for the excess.

Below you'll find pictures of Sierra reading to her babies in one of the suitcases and then again sitting on all of the luggage just before we left the house.