Once again i have not posted in quite a while. Last time i did post, i was about to go away for a few days, which i did. Wednesday the 25th I was still feeling pretty sick and i had to pack for Florida and go to school. So, i pushed through my ill, tired feelings and got ready for my trip, then i went to school and took a Theories test. I got a 98 :). Thursday, we woke up at 4 am, got ready and drove to Philly to catch our plane. We made it through the airport just fine--Steve helped me check in and did not leave me until we got through security. I don't like airports and am always scared i will do something wrong. Our flight to Dallas was uneventful. Rachel was VERY scared when we first lifted off but by the time we landed, she was loving it. Our flight from Dallas to Pensecola, Florida was a little rough in the landing. I was very scared and singing the Hymn "Then sings my soul" for the whole plane to hear, but Rachel was having fun saying "weeeee". The plane was soo small, we were up front and felt every bump! I was grateful to land. So, Thursday my sister and I hung out together and had a great time talking, laughing and catching each other up on our lives. I was so tired my legs felt they were on fire, but after a good night sleep not only were they better, but i no longer felt ill! Friday we went to my mom's house and then went to the commons in Destin, which is like an outside mall. Mom took us (Me, Rachel, Kathy and her daughter Erica) out to Jonny Rockets (a fifties style diner) for lunch and then we went shopping. It was a great day with beautiful weather. Kathy, me and Stephanie (Kathy's oldest daughter) spent the evening sitting outside and talking about love, life, and longings. It was a great night. Saturday, Me, Kathy, and the kids went family hopping. We went to my Uncle Brian and Aunt Dianne's house and had a nice visit surrounded by their many happy dogs! It was nice catching up with them. Then we went to my cousin Beth's house and celebrated her birthday (she is my age, we grew up together and i miss her dreadfully). It was great to see her and her family and her rabbit, dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, turtles and bird :). There is never a dull moment at my cousin's house and i always have a good time when i am there. Saturday night me and Rachel stayed at my mom and dad's house so we could spend some quality time together. It was great being able to just sit, relax and soak up being with my mom and dad. I miss them too much. Sunday, Rachel, me and Erica went to church with my parents. I like their church, especially the praise and worship, and i love being able to share in worship with my parents...it is a blessing. I rode home from church with my dad in his Mustang. LOVE THAT CAR. Love my daddy too :). Sunday afternoon, the whole family (those i have already mentioned and also Don, Kathy's husband, Brittney and Kimberly, Kathy's other daughters and Jayden , Kimberly's precious son) along with one of my other cousins, Josh--Uncle Brian's son, all came over my mom's house to celebrate Kimberly's 20th birthday. It was a great day of family and fun, and it was COLD. Much too cold for Florida. It was a great end to a great weekend to be able to spend time with the whole family together. Monday, Kathy took us out to lunch (Thank you Don) and drove us to the airport. And off we went. The flights coming home were great and even though the first flight was delayed on account of snow, the second one was not and we were able to come in on time. The Lord kept us safe and I thank Him for that.
Tuesday, it was back to work and Rachel and i went back to schooling. We are a bit behind in science and history and we need to catch up. But, more on that later. Yesturday i went to school and found out I have been invited to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa, which is an international college honor society!! Membership is through invitation only and you must have a 3.5 grade average to be a member. Through this, their are many scholarship opportunities and honors and we get to graduate with a gold sash to show that we are all honor students. They also do public service activities which my children and huband can participate in and being a member will look great on a job application. I feel honored and will be inducted as a member on March 26. I am excited. It feels like a reward for my hard work and i am looking foward to making some new connections and doing the public service activities and making new friends.
So, now we are up to today, and i am soo tired i just want to go to sleep, which is what i will do as soon as i am done here. I had a great long weekend and feel refreshed and hopeful. In three more years or so we are planning on moving down there as long as the Lord does not have other plans for us. I need to be with my family. So, today was back to normal with me running around trying to get things done. I have so much to do and it seems like the day is over an hour after it begins. But, as i said before--that's ok. It's better than being bored and lonely.
So, today i am thankful for:
1. The Lord keeping us safe this past week.
2. The family the Lord has put me in.
3. My sister and how she spoils me :)
Thank you Lord!!