Wednesday night I had a wonderful dinner with the family and my cousin KD which consisted of one of my favorite south FL meals - bbq from Jenkin's....YUM! What a great send-off meal hehe Then KD, my sister, and myself stayed up til 3am just snacking, bonding, and of course having a prayer date. I laughed....I cried.....I reminisced.....It was outta control! As it should've been :)
I woke up at 7am....showered and loaded the car with all my luggage. My family hit up Einstein's then I freaked out because I had forgotten a pillow. So before going to the airport we went to Ross to by myself a new pillow and pillowcase....a pillow was a MUST! The goodbye was quick enough that I didn't shed tears.....I had to say goodbye to my dad twice before he went to look after the car. I just had to. Then my mom, sister, and KD waited til I went through security.
I sat at my gate mass texting family and friends.....receiving responses of such encouragement and praise. When I got to Houston I first checked the monitors to see when Krista (college best friend) got in and at what gate. I literally ran to her gate.....her flight had been delayed so I made sure to go to the service desk and get her set up for her next connecting flight. She came outta that gate and we were ecstatic! JESUS did it! What an amazing and much needed blessing! Krista & I randomly and miraculously had a layover in Houston at the same time! She was flying from Wisconsin to Tampa and I was on my way to Fiji. We soaked up that next hour hanging out. We ate Wendy's and just talked everything out before having to say goodbye. GOD IS SOOOOO GOOD!!!
I got to LA and met up with 2 of the interns - Megan and Karen. Super sweet girls. We totally clicked. After eating some McDonald's we waited forever at our gate....we were all delirious at this point haha Once we got on the flight we were able to crash and look forward to setting our feet on Fiji soil!
We got to Fiji around 5:30am....I had been traveling for over 24 hours. Whew! We went to the centre where I got a much needed shower. After visiting town for a bit I was able to lock myself in my room for several hours to unpack. My room now has a "homey feeling" which I love. Everything is organized and in its place. AMEN!
I'm pumped for these next 6 weeks to bond and grow with the interns. I look forward to see how God will use me during this course!
In Chapter 3 of "Let the Nations be Glad" by John Piper - he says -
We deny ourselves the fleeting pleasures of sin and luxury and self-absorption in order to seek the kingdom above all things."