So this is quite ridiculous. Why should I need so much for 3 months?? But my dive gear weighs in the 35 lb range by itself, plus all of the sunscreen, bug spray, biodegradable shampoo, laundry detergent, tshirts, Tevas, swimsuits, mosquito netting, bedsheets, bath towels, beach towels, spiral notebooks, and whatever else was on that LONG LONG packing list. I really don't understand how it all could fit in 2 checked bags that combined weigh only 75 pounds.. ??!
I guess maybe it would have fit better if I wouldn't have had to finish packing in the 4 hours I had between church and leaving for the airport. Yeah, that was stressful. I was frantically packing and unpacking and weighing and repacking bags to make everything fit and hopefully still make the weight limit. My checked pieces were way too heavy, which meant I had to move some of my (HEAVY) dive gear into my carry-on (joy). And I still couldn't get the weight down far enough. Which explains why my sisters and I were vacuum-packing a sleeping bag fifteen minutes before I had to leave. But I am only bringing what is on the list and not in excessive amounts, so... ?? I finally decided to just give up and hope the ferry (from Providenciales to South Caicos) is not too strict on that weight limit. The final weigh-in: 2 checked bags at around 83 pounds total, a carry-on at 30ish (?) and a backpack. Ahhhhg!!
I clearly should have started weight-training just for the airport excursion because that was crazy. Thankfully Kendra helped haul them inside the airport and I checked them off, but lugging my carry-on around has been a BEAST. Seriously. It was shocking actually that I was able to heft it into the overhead bin... I'll admit I was scouting for buff men that I could board after so they could help;) But I got it in and pretty much right after boarding I plugged in my ipod and tried to sleep.
Oh, and also: I have become a shower-hoarder. Since I don't know when my next shower will be (ahhh!!.. and likely in the ocean?), I took my last one right before we left for the airport. Felt so nice. I really like having clean, non-salty hair. We'll see how this goes... ;)
But after that red-eye, I am now sitting in New York-JFK airport waiting for my flight to Provo (Providenciales) which does not leave for another 3 hours (and I've already been here 2). There are still butterflies, but thinking back on this weekend I am amazed at how God has worked in my life to get me to this point. I am leaving after a weekend of wonderful Christian friendships, I have felt God's nearness and direction in church especially in the last few weeks, and I know He will be with me always--and just about every song yesterday in church was about never leaving Jesus. And I cannot even say how many well wishes and hugs and encouragements I've gotten from my sisters and brothers in faith! I am humbled and in awe at some of the conversations I've had, people (from Silverton and from other churches) who I don't know well but have expressed a heartfelt love and concern for me and will be praying. I am so blessed! I had some really good (and unexpected) conversations this weekend and I am so glad to be starting out on a spiritual "high". I am just praying that I can stand tall and undeterred for Christ even when that means standing alone, and that God can use my life to shine for His glory. Praying I will grow stronger in my relationship with Him and learn more about His will in my life during the next 3 months.
Be back in December!
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.