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My Michigan trip, Part 4 – Southwest Airlines’ flights

Looking out the plane window at the clouds - love it!

Looking out the plane window at the clouds – love it!

This is my Michigan trip blog series, part 4 – Southwest Airlines’ flights.

You can read part 1 (God has surprises in store) by clicking here;

part 2 (the beautiful RV) here;

part 3 (the Encounter ministry weekend) here.

me at Lake Michigan

me at Lake Michigan

I love flying on planes. It never ceases to amaze me when the plane is taking off so fast, how man has created something that flies in the air over the clouds, inspired by God creating the birds.

Yes, I love traveling, period. It is so fun (usually!) and makes me so happy, visiting new places, seeing new people and things, and trying new kinds of food! God has blessed me and my family, enabling us to travel to different states and other nations, for mission trips, business, and fun!

 

Me working as a flight attendant for Mesa Airlines

Me working as a flight attendant for Mesa Airlines

I have a motto for traveling: “Pack light, take lots of pics, and have fun!” As a former flight attendant, I learned how to pack light for faster and easier traveling (usually just my roller board for the plane). It was one of the most fun jobs that I’ve had ever had in my life. I loved it!

One of the great perks of my job was being able to fly free on my days off work, and my immediate family, too. I flew Ray and Leah to Orlando, where she saw the beach and ocean for the first time in her life, and to New York for us to see Niagara Falls. We crossed over to the Canadian side to see the falls there, too –it was breathtakingly beautiful! We went to Sea World, where she rode her first roller coaster, a water ride, and we petted and fed dolphins- two dolphins came up to Leah! So awesome! She had the biggest smile on her face and I did, too.

I also flew to Portland, Maine alone one weekend to see a beautiful lighthouse and huge boulders on the coast and watched amazing sail boats in the ocean. I saw the “whaling wall” (pun for the wailing wall in Jerusalem) and took a shuttle tour around the city. I was able to fly home to see my family on time off work, but not nearly enough!

If I had worked there at Mesa airlines longer, I have no doubt that my family and I would have traveled much more to different, exciting places. It is a big reason that people work for airlines, to bless them and their families. I was also able to sight see pretty cool stuff alone, in various cities on the southeast coast when I got off work. One specific thing that comes to mind is a Pompeii volcano museum exhibit in Alabama. I had dreams of traveling to other nations, but those trips came later. (In a different way – God provided! He’s a miracle worker!)

But my base was in Orland, Florida, and my family lived in Missouri. I just missed my kids too much to be that far away from them (I would cry in the jump seat on the plane, missing them!), so I resigned after working about six months, at Christmas time. 

me with Ray and Leah when I worked for the airlines

me with Ray and Leah when I worked for the airlines

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New shoes

This year I am making my health and fitness a priority again, so I’m walking at the track and a pretty path in town, eating healthier, and  not drinking Dr. Pepper (a big challenge!). Yesterday I got to the track later and it began raining. It had rained on and off all day yesterday. At one point in the afternoon, there was sunshine so I sat outside awhile to soak up Vitamin D. 

Before I went to the track, I had been “voxing” (Voxer app, like a walkie-talkie/text app for both iPhones and Androids) with my biz coach, Diane Cunningham Ellis. She was talking to me about my Nike shoes, which have been great walking shoes, but are several years old. Diane used to run marathons, 10K’s, and 5K’s. 

woman runner

woman runner

Diane said that I needed to buy new ones with the best support and fit, and suggested that I google for a local running shoes store, where the staff helps you find shoes with the best fit and support. They actually watch you walk as you try on different shoes, to examine your gait, etc. 

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My trip to Antigua, Guatemala (“the place of many trees”)

Me by Santa Catalina arch, Antigua, Guatemala

Me by Santa Catalina arch, Antigua, Guatemala

My big dream is to travel all around the world to many nations. But Antigua, Guatemala was never on my radar, and yet I just returned from traveling there! It is what I call a “God thing.”

My friends Ron and Rhonda Hedrick, who are missionaries in Guatemala, had both invited me there to visit and to speak to women, but I sensed it was not  the right time yet. They are doing a great work for God there, feeding hundreds of hungry people.

Kim Rogers, Heart for Guatemala

Kim Rogers
Founder, Heart for Guatemala

Then last year, I became Facebook friends with Kim Rogers, who heads the not-for-profit organization, Heart for Guatemala.

She inspired me with her posts and her beautiful pics of Antigua, Guatemala. I felt God stirring my heart to go there and began to pray.

First view of Guatemala from my plane

First view of Guatemala from my plane

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:1, “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”

I am not the type of person who needs 100 confirmations to make sure what I heard is really God! Jesus says His sheep hear His voice, and I am His lamb (a Christian believer). But since Guatemala is dangerous, I felt that I needed God to confirm that I had heard accurately and this was HIS idea, not just my own bright one. 🙂

As my sister Maria pointed out when I told her about the trip and one of my daughters had expressed concerns about me traveling there alone, I have been to other dangerous nations, including Haiti, the Bahamas, and Kenya, Africa!

View of volcano in the clouds from my plane

View of volcano in the clouds from my plane

After getting to know Kim a little more on Facebook, she invited me to Antigua to visit her – and she even offered for me to stay in her home! When I shared with my friend Ron that I was thinking about going there, he too invited me there (again), offering for me to stay in his and Rhonda’s house for a week.

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