So her dream for flying has been in-progress for the past 8 months-ish that she’s been taking flight lessons; last Friday was the day for her first SOLO FLIGHT! She was a nervous wreck, and we were nervous wrecks (so many prayers!!), and so when she left after dinner to fly we were all told that it would be best for her and her instructor if we weren’t there. I mean, a fidgety mom watching from the ground is just as scary for the student as it is for the flight instructor who is hoping her student doesn’t die! But of course, this girl knew that this moment had to be documented for history when Kendra is a commercial pilot! So I waited a while until I knew pre-flight and the trial run with the instructor would be over, and then drove over to Aurora.
However, I’ve never been there before and every single entrance of the quaint, small-town airport was locked with a gated driveway. I was winding around on the last road past the runway — giving up hope, thinking I missed her — when I saw a plane sitting on the runway and another one in the air… so I rolled down my windows and started shooting pictures of all of them. I figured one of them had to be her and she could tell me later. Then the plane on the runway started moving so I tried to follow it with my car and by then I was pretty sure it was her so I pulled a U-ie and parked in front of one of the locked gates. Running out of my car, I found a woman (current pilot.. who knew?) on the other side who let me in and then with a bright smile offered to take me to find “my sister, she’s doing her solo right now, I need to find her!” She went to her hanger to grab her radio, and as she turned it on I heard Kendra’s voice radioing that she was turning above. It was kind of unreal to see and hear Kendra actually in the air — what she’s been telling stories about for months but we’ve never actually seen. We did an excited fast-walk down 10 minutes of runway and gates til we reached the hangers for Aurora Aviation and Kendra’s flight instructor, Robin, who was on headset and watching. I snapped pictures the whole way as Kendra AWESOMELY did 3 touch-and-goes in the sunset (without killing herself!!) and then taxied off the runway where we were waiting.
It turns out, the plane I saw initially on the runway WAS Kendra and she even saw “Jenna in her little silver car” hanging out the window with my Nikon. At that point (I didn’t realize), her instructor had just got out and she was getting ready to go for her first touch-and-go… so whoops about not making her nervous with people watching! But she did great anyway and now she has awesome pictures to celebrate the experience!
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.