Friday, June 19, 2009

T-Minus 8 Hours!!

So in about 8 hours we will be headed to church to load up into 3 vans. 20 people in purple moose shirts and about 22 suitcases, 20 backpacks, and 4 drivers. And I am beyond beyond being excited!

Just the thought of being in Mexico in less than 24 hours is amazing. I cannot wait to return to a place I love so, so dearly. To see the people that in the course of either one or two weeks completely changed my life, to see people that are new, that I've only talked to on the internet. The thought of being able to wrap my arms around all of the precious people is thrilling.

My bording pass is printed, my bags are (almost) packed, my clothes laid out for morning. All that's left is going to sleep and waking up. Well, ok, MAYBE sleeping and waking up! :) That one may not be the easiest thing in the world tonight!

As I think about being in Mexico for an entire month, I can't help but think about all that will go on, and all that I will experience. I hope to impact people in a greater level, but also being impacted myself more than ever before. I want to make myself fully open and available to anything and everything God wants to use me for. I know that God has a plan and a perfect plan at that for me to be having this experience. My prayer is that over the next month, that reason would be made clear to me. I want to be able to see the reason God put me on Team Moose. The reason He put me in Mexico for an entire month. It excites me and I can't wait to look back on this trip and see all I gained. Although, I'm not sure I want it to go all that fast! :)

I am going to try to get on here fairly often to let everyone know what I am doing, and I'll say it now, I'm not sure if pictures will be up or not. If not while I'm there, look for them when I get back! :)

Thank you to everyone who is praying for this trip and supporting us. It means the world to know I have a web of people thinking of me!

Counting down the hours, minutes, and seconds :)


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The next step..

I am definately not a blogger! But I figure I might as well use one so people can follow my various activities, at least if they want to! :)

So I am leaving in 2 short days for Ensenada, Mexico, and I am excited beyond belief! I can't wait to get back to a place that I love so dearly, and see the people that have a permanent place on my heart. It's almost like seeing family after two years, so exciting!

The first week I am there, I will be working with a group of 20 other people from my church. We will be working mainly with a special needs orphanage, Gabriel House, doing various things with the kids and for the staff members. I am excited to be able to see a different part of Mexico, it will be an experience I will never forget, I'm sure. There is a video on their website that will move you to tears, and definately gets me excited to go and serve in this area. Another part of serving at the Gabriel House is through building onto their dorms. We will be starting a project for them to be able to care for even more children. Throughout other parts of the week, we will also be doing VBS in a village. Doing things such as playing with the kids, doing crafts, singing songs, and performing skits.

On June 27, the group from my church will be flying back home while I stay behind. As they travel on to San Diego, I will be starting the next part of my trip. Until July 18th, I will be doing what we call an "informal internship" with Rick and Tammie. I will stay with them for three weeks, doing a variety of things, many of which I don't know at this point. I would have to say I am very excited for this, to be taking a next step in my journey is exciting.

I will try to get to a computer at some point throughout my time there to try to get some of my thoughts down, for me and for you. Inform you on how life has gone and things I have been doing! I can't promise a lot! But I will definately try! :) Thank you for all of your prayers and support! I greatly appreciate it!!