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Old 07-02-2012, 12:28 AM   #16
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I'm so happy to see you have started your TR. I hope it will be a step in healing for you. I look forward to sharing in your adventures. Looks like Morgan had a great first flight and I just have to say, she has a beautiful smile!
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so glad you started your trip report
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I know this will be a challenging trip report...but like so many others, I'm looking forward to reading about your trip. Great start!
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Great start on your TR. I'll be having a Dr. Pepper tomorrow as I continue to read it!
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:38 AM   #20
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I was just so happening to check out the PassPorter boards, and then I found out that you had started your TR. So, already, I have a simultaneous happy and sad feeling.

I seriously had to laugh at the Hawaii comment, though. No Morgan, Hawaii is the OTHER side of the country, LOL.


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Old 07-02-2012, 12:41 AM   #21
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Hang in there, Cam! I can't imagine how tough this all has been on your family. Glad Morgan has been a comfort to you both!

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I'm so glad Morgan enjoyed her first plane ride!!! First one is always the most nerve wracking!!
Sounds like ya'll are off to a great start...can't wait to read more!

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Thanks for sharing this difficult journey with us! Thinking of you and Luke often!

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Cam, I was so glad to see that you've started your TR. and glad Morgan enjoyed her first flight. It will be different, but I'm looking forward very much to reading all about it

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Already had recourse to the tissues, so I'm not sure "enjoying" is the right word, but I know this will be a moving TR, and fun, too, thanks to sweet Morgan!
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I'm so glad you've started this and that Morgan enjoyed her first flight - loved the comment about Hawaii - if only! I'd love to be able to get there in such a short space of time.

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Glad Morgan enjoyed her first flight. Did you have any trouble getting seats together? We are flying with Southwest for the first time in November & I'm nervous about getting to sit together. We have only flown with airlines that we could chose seats when we booked.
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I followed along your pre-trip report faithfully but I was too shy to comment. I wanted to let you know that we were in the World around the same time. (May 31-June 8th) Stefanie inspired us to make goodie bags for our flight crew on our trip. It was one of the highlights of my daughter's flight when she handed them to the flight crew. I thought of your sweetheart as I started the tradition with my daughter Lily. Looking forward to reading your trip report! You probably had the ponchos out as much as we did!

Edit: Here's a copy of the poem I included in the goodie bags. I hope that it makes you smile to know that Stefanie started a little pay it forward tradition in our family.

My name is Lily Kate and Iím so happy to be on this flight.
Iíll fasten my seatbelt and not leave my parentsí sight.
I have been begging and waiting for this exciting day.
Iíve never flown before and I want to get to Disney to play.
My mom promised me you would have peanuts and a drink.
Iíll be on my very best behavior and not cause a stink.
But mostly I want to give you a smile and this card
Because I know that sometimes your job can be a little hard.
So here are some sweet goodies for you, flight crew
A tiny token of thanks for the great job that you do!
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:58 AM   #29
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Great start, Cam. I can't believe how much Morgan has grown since the last time I saw her in one of your pictures!

I'm glad Morgan did so well on the flight. It's always fun to see first experiences!

I'm sure this TR will be a difficult one to write. Thank you for sharing your trip memories with us.
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Yay! You started your TR! I realize it must be so hard but I'm glad you started. You are such a great storyteller! I'm glad that Morgan liked her first airplane ride. It makes me feel like I'm a big baby because I'm nervous as I just booked our flight for September. (And I haven't flown since 1991 - so kinda nervous). And she had never been to BK? Wow! That's almost unheard of for an 11 year old anymore.
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