Mmm! Steve just brought me back Coldstone! Bless his little heart. <3
Well where to begin?! Yesterday was orientation day so we were free til 3pm.. So I did none other that slept til noon. Go me! Then we had registration and just gave them more info about ourselves… fun times! Well we then had a pretty chill night and just hung out. Well about 9pm or so Leifus and Stef and I decided to go out for some air and for a walk. Let me explain first… Stef, Chauncey, and Leif were the first ones here… Stef is Swiss, Chauncey is Canadian, and Leif is from Norway! Well when I showed up Sunday afternoon, they welcomed me with open arms and I was the 4th to be here! Ever since then, we have been inseperable, so I will prolly be talking about them alot… :) They make me happy. Well the 3 of us took off into the TL (Tenderloin) and converstaion just flowed. THey both have accents but their english is incredible. I’m blown away by it! Well we ended up walking to the city hall which is like….20 blocks away or so- by where they hold farmers market. Well on the way there we talked about how we got to come and Leif and I really opened up to each other… it felt incredible! Just to talk- then listen, then talk, and listen again. Well we got to the city hall and sat down in the “courtyard”… its a very nice place and I have fond memories from there in March! Well we sat down and I had the urge to pray, so I asked them if that was cool… of course it was. So I opened in prayer and Leif closed and we just sat there and prayed over each other and for the others and the school- They both prayed a little in their native language… and it was just incredible. By the end of our 1/2 hour prayer we were all crying- then we sang a song and it felt incredible! Oh man. I cant even describe the feeling that I felt as we all sat there and were vulnerable with each other. What a great way to end the first night.
Crying is something that has been occuring in conversation a lot! Leif and Chauncey and I have come to the conclusion that we are the biggest cry babies of the school. Which isnt a bad thing! We have all already cried infront of each other and we’re not ashamed. It’s incredible. I love them. A lot.
Well today was the first day of class and it was amazing. I got up at 745am and went to class- the only one who didnt go to breakfast. Haha- go figure. Well we had class and got the over-view of things for the semester… it was great. Then we had our first speaker- what a great guy. His name is Phil Gazeley and he is from Essex, Eng…. He owns my heart. <3 I won’t go into detail here about his teaching- but I learned alot. Well after lunch, we started staff testimonies… WHOA! Intense. Such great vulnerability. Oh man. Then we had dinner and had some students go. Chauncey went and I am so proud of him. Leif and I bawled and it was just really intense. I appreciate everyone’s vulnerabilty and approachability. UGH! Im so nervous to talk about mine… just because I know I will cry, but it will be worth it in the end… that’s a little bit what Phil taught about today. It was just incredible and makes me so happy and excited to get to know all these people. Im so content and happy to be here.
Tomorrow we start work duties . fun fun. I will be cleaning the classroom everyday… just random things. Then we will have time in the city! Im sooo excited! We got bus passes so we can go anywhere in the city! It’s gonna be great! <3
forgive my typing on on a Norwegian laptop! its my new friend Leif´s!
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well steve and becky picked me up at the airport after a very long day! i still dont have one of my bags. oh well- im really not worried about it! ill get them. its not like i shower anyway. haha becky is soooo cool! <i feel like ive known her for years! so sweet! and i already knew steve and he is hilarious. always making people laugh. after they picked me up we went right to in-n-out burger…. YUM! ive been craving it for months!!! haha great way to start things off!
well when i got to the base none of the others were here- there is only 4 of us here now… the rest will be here tomorrow. soooo excited! the people i have met so far are incredible! like so sweet. i can tell that we are all gonna get along so well! if the rest of the 10 are half as cool as these kids its gonna be an incredible 6 months.
we walked around the TL (tenderloin) tonight and it was so crazy to see and experience everything again. <it was raining but i didnt even care… UGH! i cant even explain how happy i am.
well i dont want to bore you all with 2 updates in one day! haha but seriously everything feels so right. im so excited for this time of my life and i cant wait to get to know these wonderful people more!
things officially start tomorrow for registration at 3pm. <people will start showing up at noon or so. <im sooooo excited!
The last few days have been really stressful, fun and overall exhausting.
I had a little going away party and it went really well! I have to thank the Hagen’s for allowing me to use their home. Not only for the party but for storing my stuff in their attic! Im very greatful. Thanks for everyone who came and said goodbye to me at the party! It was so so so so good to see you all!
Well Im very tired. Ive gotten literally 6-7 hours of sleep in the past… almost 80 hours. Not an exaggeration…The past days have been some of the best I can remember. I’ve hung out with all my best friends and I cant really ask for more than that. :)
Well long story short- I missed my flight to LAX—-not my fault. From DSM this morn we got to Denver and couln’t land because of fog so we had to circle around and around and go fuel up in Cheyenne, WY… Sat on the plane for a good 2 hours and finally made it to DEN around 11:15? So I booked it to Customer Service and got on the nixt flight to SFO. So no more LAX for me. I leave at 2pm- in about 40 minutes to San Fran. Direct flight! Last leg of my little adventure.
I’m so excited but scared. Wow. I can’t believe this day has come. :) Im so happy, but already missin’ some people.
I’m keeping my head up and allowing the Lord to be the center of this time in my life.