Philippines day 12-May 11th

This is my last journal entry for our mission trip. It’s an experience I will never forget, one that was life changing and inspiring. I miss my Filipino family and hope I get to see them again. It’s been such a blessing to stay in contact with many of them with Facebook Messenger!

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Chris and me on first plane (I think)

This is officially the longest day in the history of time! I’ve been up and going for 26 hours and somehow the date is still Friday the 11th . . . maybe that’s why? Ha! We boarded our plane early this morning in Manila, flew to Tokyo, and then got on the big plane again and flew 11 hours to Chicago. This airport is a city within a city, no joke. We rode a tram and hiked about 12 miles just so Chris and I could find pizza and then get to our terminal. It’s a blessing our layover here is so long! My ears or neck or something aren’t liking the pressure changes. I’m so dizzy I can barely stand it. I was hoping once I got here I could start uploading blogs, but I’m not sure I can get the good pictures off my camera to my laptop here . . . I will keep trying. We’re almost home!!!

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The children, and sometimes the adults, here use fold-top plastic baggies with straws in them to drink from.

One of the early days of my trip I pushed the plug down into my bathroom sink so I could wash some clothes and was so tired it took me two days to figure out how to get it to come back up hahaha!

I gave my copy of Callum’s Compass to Melody and Chariz. I hope they enjoy reading it and pass it along to anyone who wants to read it.

I learned so many things while I was there:

Filipino driving is a beast of a different nature!

I am who I am and I don’t have to apologize and try to fit what I think others think I should be

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Chris, me, and the dinosaur Chicago Airport

I’m not a guilt filled person . . . I’m letting it go

I’m stronger than I thought, but it’s only because I’m weaker than I thought

I can do ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST, even survive a scary marketplace, being lost on a backroad in the dark with no data left on my phone, and being away from my family for so long

Simplicity is the best kind of joy

I miss being active, especially volleyball and playing in the rain

Our travel time home ended up being 31 hours, all with the date of May 11th. We saw two sunsets too. It was so weird!

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