Well, this blog definitely did not turn out like I had intended, but I am totally okay with that. Trying to update everyday became to be too much, and I kept forgetting. For a little while, I felt bad about not updating. But them I thought about how I was really just trying to live my life and experience everything that I could. Plus, that'll make for more fun stories when I'm home :)
I have some downtime and thought that before I forgot, I should at least post one more time. It's Sunday, and in 5 more days, I'll be back in the United States :) Here is a rough outline for my last week in Peru:
Tonight: Delia is bringing her friends from church to the house and we're having what's called a "chocolatada". Drinking hot chocolate, eating panetón (like fruit cake but bread), and exchanging small gifts.
Monday: my last day at Casa Josefina :( It will definitely be one of the hardest things to say goodbye to all these babies!
Tuesday: shopping for Wednesday, then building ginger bread houses with the jovenes! It's my last meeting with all of them :(
Wednesday: start packing! I'm donating my clothes to the Corason church. Later at Corason, we're baking Christmas cookies with the kids :) This will by FAR be the hardest goodbye! I've made lasting relationships with these students and I don't want it to end
Thursday: packing, laundry, finding time to eat, and saying my goodbyes. I'm not sure if any of the jovenes will come to the airport or not, but I hope so!
I also thought I'd add my flight itinerary here too, since I could use all the prayers I can get! This will be my first time flying alone:
December 20 (Thursday)
Leave Cusco, PE @ 8:12 pm
Land in Lima, PE @ 9:44 pm
Leave Lima, PE @ 11:15 pm
December 21 (Friday)
Land in Miami, FL @ 5:04 am
Leave Miami, FL @ 6:50 am
Land in Chicago, IL (O'Hare) @ 9:20 am
Leave Chicago, IL @ 9:55 am
Land in GR, MI @ 11:58 am
I bolded my time through Chicago because I am nervous about that one. O'Hare is a huge airport, and I have 35 minutes from landing to take off. I'm praying that I'm in at least the same terminal! With all of the holiday travelers, this will definitely be the most stressful stop! I am thankful for my parents, who said that if I don't make my flight and can't catch another plane within 2 and a half hours, that they'll come down and get me :)
I can't wait to be home, I miss my family, friends, and community SO much! Thanks so much for your prayers and thinking of me while here :) And an extra special thank you to those who donated! I'll see you all soon!