Just a short post today between “trips”. Last Thursday I arrived home after a week in California with my “Aspies”. We journeyed West for a church conference. Four days of mingling with thousands of folks from our church was quite a social experience. I gave my girls the choice to go or stay home. They chose to go. Flying across the country for the first time was a “scary” new thing. Before we left I built up the experience and tried to explain what all would happen so there would be no surprises. I let them pack their own bags (When they weren’t around I did a little re-packing 🙂 My 16 years packed mostly sensory toys and her weighted blankets and pillows. 🙂 We had a talk about how limited our luggage was so the blankets (except for a tiny one) stayed home. She could choose two sensory toys, ( a squish ball and a little plastic thing she could bend in all directions) It was a good trip!
Today my 21 year old and I are flying to Managua, Nicaragua for a week long mission trip in the jungle with a medical mission team of around 65. My 21 yr old will be handing out hot ramen noodles and popcorn to thousands of very poor nationals who walked and rode busses from villages all over the country for free medical, dental, spiritual, food and clothes etc. She is so excited about this opportunity and I believe she will do fine.
I am so ready for a break from my daily responsibilities. It will be hot, hard work but can’t think of anything more rewarding or spiritually renewing. I come home from these trips tired but so refreshed. What I see in the poor villages of Nicaragua makes me realize that my load at home isn’t quit as heavy as I thought.
Do you have any problems flying in planes?