You're Lucky

Trip Start Sep 11, 2005
Trip End Dec 13, 2005

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Thursday, September 1, 2005

There are a lot of things I am feeling right now. The greatest was reinforced to me by one of my former students. I went to visit my old school on my last day in Memphis. As I hugged the kids and wished them a good year ahead, I reflected back on all we had experienced together. One boy asked me why I wasn't teaching anymore. I told him that I was going on a trip around the world. He hugged me, looked me in the eye and said, "You're really lucky." That was the first time that it hit me, I am really lucky.

I am lucky to be able to take a break from work. I am lucky to spend some much needed quality time with those I love. I am lucky to be able to explore our world and have an amazing husband to share the adventure with me. I am lucky to have friends and family members who support our decision to do this and wish us the best. I am lucky that God has allowed us to save the finances to go on an adventure of a lifetime. I am not sure if luck is truly the right word, but I am graciously blessed. I am thankful to little Michael for reminding me of that.

Early this morning we said our goodbyes to Memphis and are currently on our way to North Carolina. As I hugged my friends goodbye a few tears came to my eyes. They were tears of sadness because I will no longer see them, yet tears of joy because of the friendships we have been blessed with. I anticipate that we will keep in touch and look forward to building more memories with them.

When I think back on Memphis I do not remember it for Graceland or the Redbirds. My fondest memories are found in the people I hung out with, the kids who impacted me as a teacher, and the home which I grew to love. I will miss the drive in movies, our favorite Mexican restaurant, the pond I passed as I drove home, the zoo, and all the conveniences of Lakeland. I will miss calling people last minute to grab a bite to eat, or help us in the midst of some crisis. I will miss sharing my prayer requests with my small group, and praying along side of them. I will miss Shelby Farms, and being a part of impacting students. I am thankful to have been in Memphis, although it was very difficult at times. Sometime I wonder if I should get a bumper sticker that says, I survived Memphis. At times I wasn't sure if I would. It was the amazing people who lightened the load and brightened my time there. Thank you, I am sure you know who you are.

Behind us lies Memphis, and ahead of us the east coast. Behind us is responsibility, accomplishment, hard work, planning, and friendships. What is ahead is quite unclear. I am hopeful that I will find time to relax, moments where I can hear about the lives of those I love, and possibly some clarity for the future. I am certain that I will gain perspective in living by the moment, letting control go, and enjoying my surroundings. I am sure I will be nervous at times, confused at others, and eager to soak up all that surrounds me. This is a big world and I want to gain a broader perspective. So much is ahead!

North Carolina, here we come. Virginia, we're on our way. Texas, as soon as we cross the country we will be there. Please have the hot tub waiting. It was been calling our name. We are ready to jump in!
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