Here, There and Everywhere
Hey Guys! Wow, what a busy, busy past month I have had! Well, in my last post you learned a little bit about my new nanny gig and I just hinted at a trip that I took to see my best friend and her new baby girl. Since then, my schedule has been full throttle but I wouldn’t change it one bit.
So, at the end of August, I overcame a HUGE fear of mine…FLYING. I have flown in a four-seater plane before with my cousin and her husband who pilot together, but I have never flown commercially. And the only reason is out of FEAR. I used to think this fear was just normal, you know, everyone has something they are scared of whether it be flying, water, bees etc. But as time as gone on, it was made clear to me that flying was a fear I had for one purpose only- to hinder me. You see, many times in the past several years, my husband and I have had people speak prophetic words over us and the plan that God has for us regarding His Kingdom here on earth. I have always known in my heart that traveling would be necessary, but I guess I just told myself I could always drive or whatever if I had to. But the reality is, sometimes we don’t have several weeks to take a road trip across the country. Actually, I never have time to do that. And if I ever wanted to do missions work (which I have always desired and felt compelled to do), or to see the Holy Land, then I know that I can only fly there. It was just a matter of if and when I would jump.
So, my best friend just had a baby and I had always told her I wanted to be there when she had her. Well, due to the uncertainty of due dates and other scheduling conflicts, we decided that it would be best if I just flew out about a month after she had the baby. So I booked my flight and couldn’t believe that I actually did it. At this point, I was so excited to see my friend and her baby (because I literally see her about once a year due to her living so far away) but panic also set in. I know there are different levels of anxiety, but I tend to feel sick to my stomach, my heart races, I get very uneasy and cry. But, I wanted to see my friend, I wanted to see her baby, and I wasn’t going to let her down.
So, on August 24, 2017 I boarded my first commercial flight and well, the rest is history! I am not going to lie, on the way to the airport I wanted to back out, I wanted to turn around and go home, and I cried…like my life depended on it. But, I was okay once I got in the airport. Something about going through the motions calmed me, like this is just a natural process….everyone does this all the time. I boarded the plane, put on my headset when we were getting ready to take off and when we landed three and a half hours later in Denver, I felt like I was a pro. Initially, people told me that taking off was probably the worst part about flying, but Iwould say through the course of the trip, the worst part was one landing we had in Reno where it was a little windy and the plane kind of wobbled when we landed, but that was really the only thing. Very little turbulence (not even as bad as a bumpy car ride) and great take-offs. The Lord really helped me to not be so anxious and to just trust that He was taking care of me. I know for a fact that it is because of all the prayers that I had going up for me. My family, my co-workers and friends, and my church family all prayed for easy flights and peace while traveling. And peace is exactly what I had. When each flight took off, I had Fierce by Jesus Culture on my iPhone and I can honestly say that during takeoff, I felt real peace. I don’t know how to describe it other than that…I think it was my favorite part, actually. Just the music, the power of the plane and the fact that the Lord has gifted people (two individuals to be exact) who can safely and efficiently control such a huge piece of machinery was simply astounding to me.
So, after landing in Reno, my friend picked me up and we headed home. The next ten days flew by, but we had some really great adventures 😊 We stayed home pretty much every other day just to rest and enjoy time with the baby and watching movies and tv shows. The first Saturday that I was there, we traveled to Bodie, a small ghost-town in California that was home to a mining town. On Monday we went to Lake Tahoe and the weather was absolutely gorgeous! You always see pictures of Lake Tahoe and hear people talk about how beautiful it is, but being there in person, the stories and pictures do not compare. The water was a bit chilly, but it was still nice to put my feet in the water anyways. The rest of the week we spent shopping, eating (haha) , and setting up photoshoots for little Abby. It was the best time! And it made me hate that it would be so long when I got to do that again, but at the same time I was also so thankful and glad that I did get to go out to see them. My trip home was bittersweet. You always hate to leave people that you love and have a great time with, but it is always nice to come home and to see all the family you missed while you were gone. I have some great memories and I can’t wait to go back, hopefully next year!
When I returned home, I officially started my new nanny job and it turned out that the family needed me to travel with them to her parents house in Virginia. So I was literally gone to Nevada for 10 days, home for four, and then left for 7 days after that. I had long days and long nights staying up with a newborn, so to say my schedule has been hectic is an understatement, but I have never felt more accomplished! And I feel as if I am getting some great practice with babies! I plan on starting a family soon and my sister is due in just a couple of months so I know that this new job is helping in more ways than just financially. The family that I nanny for has done nothing but make me feel at home and so welcomed, I truly feel like part of their family already. It’s amazing the way that things can fall into place when you are just patient and trust in God’s timing. And His timing is perfect. There are so many other jobs that I looked at, turned down, was turned down from, or just didn’t work out with my previous work schedule, but this one fits in all the missing places. Financially, timing wise, future family plans-wise, location and just that fact that the family has a strong faith like I do. It really makes for a beautiful recipe😊
So, anyways, I am finally back home and it seems things will settle down fora while. I have had such a great learning experience this past month and it has made me want to tackle even more new adventures head on. I faced one of my biggest fears, I found a job that I truly love to be a part of, I turned 28 and I have found that when you are patient in waiting, the good things really do come to those who wait. Because God’s timing is perfect and “every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change”. (james 1:17 ESV)
Thanks for bearing with me through yet another lengthy post. And as always, thank you for sharing a little bit of this simple life with me.
*pictures with exception of cover photo, takenby me. Sarab