And.... she's off! My stuff's almost all packed, the car's mostly loaded, the cooler's stocked with water, my iPod's charged and ready to go -I think I'm all set.
I'll be leaving California in the morning, to drive back to the midwest. Please pray for me as I drive the almost 2000 miles to home. Jim and Marilyn were a huge help to me this afternoon, and I just said goodbye to them after we enjoyed a nice dinner and wonderful piece of pie at "Polly's Restaurant and Pie Shop". It was really hard to see them drive away. They are so incredibly important to me and are such wonderful encouragement and support. I WILL MISS YOU BOTH!!!!
I think I'm all set to leave.
Except...... I'm not sure I want to go! I don't like the thought of leaving Jim and Marilyn, their sons and daughters-in-law, Chuck and Penny, and the great friends I have here in California. I don't like the thought of leaving the ocean behind. I don't like the thought of leaving nearly perfect weather every single day. I hate saying goodbye!
But, at the same time, I can't wait to get home! I can't wait to hug little David. I can't wait to have my parent's around for face-to-face conversation and advice. I can't wait to hang out with Aimee and see my other friends. I can't wait to meet the new little babies that have been born to many of my friends while I've been gone. And, even though it will start to get cooler, I really love fall in the Midwest!
I'll be taking the most direct route home, which will include a buffet dinner in Las Vegas, an overnight somewhere near Zion National Park, at least a 1/2 day spent in the park, a drive-through of Bryce Canyon and Arches National Parks, getting to finally meet my recruiter in Denver!, a fairly boring drive across Nebraska towards Iowa and then north to home.
I've decided to not plan out too much of this trip, but instead just see what I want to see, stop whenever I get tired, and then arrive home hopefully by Wednesday. That'll give me a full day in the Twin Cities before flying to Seattle for the weekend for a training session for Africa (I'm so glad I had enough frequent-flyer miles to be able to go!!!!), then flying back on Sunday, driving straight to Mankato, moving into my new apartment and starting my next job!
Do you think I fit in enough things for the week? :)
Please pray for safety for my travels, and check back for updates on my progress! I'm hoping for internet connections at the hotels so I can keep you posted!
Thanks for your prayers!