The official countdown for departure has begun. In 5 days, I know my life will be transformed and I will be humbled by the children and parents we meet who’s lives have been challenged by cleft lip and cleft palate. I get butterflies in my stomach anticipating the range of emotions I know I will experience confronting this journey half way around the world to the little island of Panay. I have shared with my friends how rewarding and inspiring the experiences were on the trip last year, and though I don’t want to fill my head with expectations, I do know a few things are certain. The humidity will hit me like a freight train, we will arrive severely jet lagged, we will be stared at, and if we keep an open mind then anything and everything is possible! Roxas City, Philippines, here we come!