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Prepping for my trip

The kids are off of school Thursday and Friday of this week. Dustin went to a concert last night with Stephen and Casey. We took Savanna and Jordan to dinner and then we went to Walmart to pick up some things I've been needing to gather up for my trip.

There was nothing terribly exciting in the cart...things like Pepto Bismol tabs which I have to take every night before bed and a bunch of travel size items. I also got myself a new little travel pillow since my other one is seriously wearing out and I'm going to be sleeping overnight on the first night. I fly to Newark first, then to London overnight, then on to Nairobi the next morning and will finally arrive in Africa that night at about 9 pm. Yes, it's a long flight! 28 hours to get there and then my flights on the way back take me about 33 hours. Needless to say, I want a good pillow...

Yesterday I brought home all the things the church people have been collecting for me to bring to Africa. The missionary asked that I bring jewelry pins, scarves of all kinds/colors, and perfume. I have been collecting them in my office for a few months. I am bringing one suitcase just of these things and then the other case will be my personal belongings. For the most part I have fantastic things to bring! I brought them home last night to sort and get in order. I did have to get rid of a few things. 99% of the things brought in were just great, but a few donations needed to be scrapped. For instance, I got a few used, 1/2 filled perfume bottles. I don't want to give that to someone - I think it's a bit inappropriate. Second, although I have many used scarves I'm taking the majority of them look brand new and I brought them home to wash last night and fold just right. But four or five of them (out of the many) were old and tattered and starting to fray, so I put them aside.

I'm not being snooty or anything but I think we need to give our best even if it is used. I won't give somebody something that's falling apart. Those were only a very few out of the suitcase full I'm taking. I am so grateful for everyone who has helped and donated things. I know the ladies are going to really appreciate them. Although I am bringing a large suitcase full it will not come close to having something for all 3,000 + women who are expected to be there. I decided rather than try to figure this out myself, I am just going to give the suitcase of items to the missionaries and let them decide how to do this since I'm clueless on that part. I just want to bring something special in addition to presenting these ladies with the Word of God that will say, "we love you..." from Northside.

It's hard to believe that I leave in just 19 more days. I am excited, yet dreading saying goodbye to my family.

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