I’ve got a lot of things rolling around in this noggin of mine.
1. I’ll be in Panama in less than a week (the 14th).
2. This is the longest I’ve ever been away from my husband and little ones.
3. I’ve never been out of the country.
4. I’ve only flown 1 other time in my adult life.
There’s a bunch more, but I don’t want to bore you.
So, as I think about these things, I can’t help but think about where I was a year ago, or even 9 months ago.
I only started writing again last September. I started out light writing poetry and short stories.
Then somewhere along the way I felt nudged to share my story. To start sharing the ugly parts of my life so that other people who have experienced similar things could somehow be encouraged.
After I ran my series I started just writing the blog in its current format.
After a while I started feeling a little complacent, maybe even a little bored. It was probably the rush of sharing my story that I was coming down from.
So I started experimenting with video. Honestly it’s been pretty fun. Obviously (if you’ve seen any of them) I have a long way to go, but I do enjoy learning how to do new things.
I stuck my neck out and volunteered at a women’s conference this past spring. It was stressful, very stressful.
Then I offered to help with a single moms retreat, which was a blast, and now I can’t wait to help again next year!
Somewhere along the way I got thinking about going to Panama. A bunch of gals from my church went last year, and a ton of the gals from the women’s ministry (Bridging the Gap) that I help with.
After hearing their stories, and learning more and more about what they are doing down there, I decided it was something I needed to jump for.
So with that thought I printed the application, filled it out and sent it in.
I had no idea how I was going to be able to raise the money necessary. My husband has been unemployed longer than he’s been employed in the past few years and we certainly don’t have any savings left.
I’m not one to ask for money, but I scrounged up the guts, wrote a support letter and sent it out. What has been amazing is that as of today I have raised $2900, well over the amount required! I never imagined I’d be one of the people who would be able to help others finance their trip!
So now, pray for me. The things on my mind aren’t going away any time soon, and I really don’t want my kiddos to be upset while I’m away. I’m still having a hard time believing that they’ll actually miss me, considering how much they lament being my children most of the time! lol
See you Wednesday!