Monday, May 21, 2012

It's almost time!!

Not this upcoming Sunday, but the next is when I will be off on a plane to a place I've always dreamed of. I found out not too long ago that another girl who is about my age is also coming to Kulpahar Kid's Home for the summer. Her name is Nicole. She will be flying in and leaving the same dates too. She is coming from Yuma, Arizona. It'll be nice to have someone else there who is use to what goes on here in America.

Throughout all the planning that came along for this trip, I must say it didn't stress me out as much as I assumed it would. I am glad that I have been motivated which led me to prepare early. I think putting stuff off would  have definitely made things stressful. I guess that goes with pretty much most things in life.Less than two weeks till I leave, and I must say I would be ready to leave in two days (I must admit that I wish it were)!

The one thing that did stress me out so far more than anything, was/is PACKING!! My goodness I do not know where to even start. I must say that I am thankful for those who have purchased items for my trip such as things like hats, sunscreen/toiletries (I hear it can get up into the120's degrees Fahrenheit), my new pair of Merrell sandals :), travel adapters, travel bags, items for the children, and so much more. I am blessed beyond all measure. God has done a marvelous job of taking care of me. But back to is just so hard for me to not only fit things in the suitcase, but its hard to think about what I NEED for two months knowing I cannot just take a trip into town to a Wal-Mart (I am mostly worried about contact solution). So not only do I need to pack light, but I also have to be sure that I have enough supplies/necessities that will last me two months weighing less than 51 lbs. This whole packing situation would be so much easier if I chose to bring an extra suitcase rather than a guitar. But I am choosing to do so, because I would rather bring that and introduce so many songs and have my I guess you would say "stress reliever" there too. I keep daydreaming about teaching "Marvelous Light" etc. with all the hand movements to the kids :)
I am bringing over some playing cards, some seeds (as far as I know, they do not have broccoli, zucchini, and swiss chard!), maybe some nail polish, and I might purchase UNO for the children at the orphanage.
About a few weeks ago, I got to meet up with Katie (the intern that went to Kulpahar before me). It was so awesome to hear about her experience in Kulpahar and to have her answer a million questions.

As a mother's day gift to my mom from my other sister. My mom got a flight to Charlotte to she spend the day with me before I leave and to see me off at the airport. 

 Well the time is almost near and I am just counting down the days! I appreciate all who have made this even possible. I never thought I would have this kind of opportunity. I know that this trip will be challenging on so many different levels. I am thrilled to experience a new culture and a new EVERYTHING. From even brushing my teeth, to leaving behind my skinny jeans and my normal clothing, to a nine and a half hour time difference, different language, different food, different mannerisms, and I can go on and on. Bring it on! I cannot wait to serve in Kulpahar, India and I am interested to see what God is going to teach me while I am there.