Monday, June 14, 2010

Crossing the US for a new assignment

We started our move on June 24, as the moving truck arrived for the day 1 of 2, to get us packed and loaded. We prepared for them over the weekend, after going to Michaels cousins wedding in Santa Barbara on Saturday. On Tuesday of moving week, we held our last Bible study at our almost empty house. It was a bitter sweet time of visiting with our friends and enjoying pizza. For me, this group of people is particularly special because they knew Michael and I as we dated, got engaged and then married and as two of these couples also dated and got engaged and married last year. We all know each other as newlyweds. From now on, our new friends will not feel that same connection, having no idea of the newness of our life together. So there is something special with these CA friends.
After all the packing and cleaning, we headed out on Saturday June 29!
Our trip took us from Fresno, CA to Flagstaff, AZ; Sedona, AZ; Blanding, UT; Glenwood Springs, CO; Salina, KS; St.Louis, MO; Nashville, TN; and after a stop to see family in Oakridge, TN onto Columbus, GA where Fort Benning belongs.
For a few days, we stayed in Post lodging, but on Friday we moved to an extended stay hotel in Columbus where we will stay for a few weeks until our house is available on post at the end of the month.
Georgia is definitely hot and high humidity, but y'all know me!!! I like that! It is also very green and tree filled. It'll take me awhile to adjust to the culture shift. But I figure I'd better get used to that pretty quick, as Michael's job will require us to be good at culture shifts in the next many years!
I am now in the same timezone as my organizations headquarters, as well as my supervisor. Before I left CA, I attended the SouthWest recruiters retreat representing NextGen and gave an update on our activities, primarily giving them a tour of our new website. These were the colleagues that I spent time with in Temecula, so it was also a personally rewarding time for me being with them one more time.
Our organization is sending out three teams of students this summer to Guatemala, Papua New Guinea and Cameroon as well as internship participants to Ghana. Our website has been active and getting bigger. Please pray for our students traveling overseas this summer, that their health would hold up and their patience would be strong. Pray for their character, that they would learn to be flexible and open to new situations and new people. We are very excited to see the results of their time overseas! Thank you for your support of our ministry and thanks for continuing to check in with me!